Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Drama. A Report

The Theatre event was the crest on the final day of MiRAAS 2013, and well drawn-out too.
The event witnessed the presence of a renowned jury, Surendra Bawra, Mahesh Vashisth and Mohd Shafique Shahryar.
SRCC, DU; Enactment of 'That Darn Plot'

Without much delay, the first performance was made-That Darn Plot-by Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. Predominantly in English, it centered on a playwright, Nasir, dealing also with aspects of his personal life, of commercialization and plagiarism. The host team then came up with its mythological play-Madandhta.

It was followed by Banmooth by Kurukshetra University. It was a highly charged social satire condemning sacrificial rites observed in some cultures. The next perfomance was given by Ramjas College, University of Delhi-Saints and Sinners-which unfortunately had to be called off due to the use of inappropriate language in the vicinity of an educational institution.

'Baanmooth' by Kurukshetra University
Shivaji College, University of Delhi then came up with their play, Kaaki-centred around the relationship shared by a young boy and his 'kaaki'. A fascinating play-Poorna-was then performed by Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. It left the assemblage thinking on questions of impairment and disability through the powerful protagonist, a mentally challenged girl.

'Kaaki' by Shivaji College, DU

To lighten the atmosphere, Mumbai University presented E.Star, a comic play with an undercurrent of realism. It revolved around the aspirations of a hotel staff who chances to meet a superstar, later revealing that it was a part of a shooting. It played upon the huge gap between a common man and a superstar.

Hasraj College, DU; Enactment of 'Baap Re Baap'
Hansraj College, University of Delhi, performed Baap Re Baap, a comedy. The plot is that of a miserly, old Parsi, the protagonist, his family, servants and neighbourhood, the locale being Old Delhi. Both the father and son chance to fall in love with the same girl, the father being adamant to marry her, a theft, which pushes the comic plot further. The girls from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, came up with their play-Andhon Ka Haathi-giving substance to the abstract idea through the various characters and narrator.

There was a parallel Mimicry Competition, in between the plays. Apart from being just comic interludes and sheer entertainment, it brought to light some of the hidden talents. This marked the end of the event with a wonderful reception and the presence of huge number of spectators till the end.

Shabeeh Rahat
B.A.(H) English

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