Manthan-India’s Largest Street Theatre Festival Completed 10 Years With A Bang

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India’s Largest Street theatre festival, Manthan is the Annual Street Theatre festival oraganized by Verve- The Street Play Society of Shaheed Sukhdev¬† College of Business Studies, Delhi University.

Manthan has completed the journey of 10 years. Taking the glory to 11 times this year, Manthan  reached 11 states on Manthan Ekadashi including Meghalay, delhi, uttar pradesh, punjab, haryana, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Orissa on March 11, 2018 to celebrate together the spirit of street theatre. Teams performed their plays on the topics like rape, fascism, extremism, drug abuse, women empowerment, stress etc.

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Manthan was started as an effort  to make everyone realize the immense power each one of us possesses, the power to raise our voices against injustice, to go against the conventions which weigh us down, to fuel the process of change.

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The beginning of manthan was marked with ‘Manthan Mahotsav’ which was organised in 17 prominent location of  Delhi where 35+ teams performed at the same time with the varying questions of similar vigour.

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Manthan’s team believes that to see the change you need to be the change and that is one of the reason’s why that their theme this year is LIES WITHIN.

With ‘Lies Within’ their theme, these students wants to deliver the message that in this time of much needed change, the solution, whether it is good or bad, lies within us and we just need to bring about this change by getting the solution from our own selves.

These Young and delligent bunch is not only making an effort to bring the change in their nation itself but all over the world and as an attempt to create social impact they have made.

This year Manthan reached nine other countries which includes, Nigeria, Nepal, Canada, Panama, Czech Republic, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Kenya. Theatre artists of these countries presented their plays on social issues prevailing in their country like tribal differences, immigration etc.

The closing ceremony of Manthan’18 took place in Shaheed Sukhdev College Of Business Studies where prominent personalities from the theatre circuit shared their views about present day street play. Mrs. Moloyashree Hashmi from Jana Natya Manch and Mr. Prabhjot Singh from The Roots- Performing Arts Society were the chief guests of the event. Closing ceremony was a cultural gathering where a band performance took place which was followed by dinner.

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Shivam Malhotra
A social media enthusiast who is in love with this digital world! Wrote the first article for DU Express in May 2016.

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