Manthan, India’s largest street play festival, has been on its fervour since last 20 days. The one month festival is achieving new laurels daily, with performances in around 17 cities till now. Organised by Verve, the street play society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, University of Delhi, Manthan’16 started with Tomsk, Russia on February 24. Then on February 26, Manthan went to Hamirpur, with the production “Darpan” highlighting today’s youth issues like cyber frauds, media hypocrisy, domestic violence, etc at Gandhi Chowk, Hamirpur. The Delhi chapter of Manthan’16, called Manthan Mahotsav arranged for around 40 public performances of college theatre teams at 14 prime public locations ranging from Hauz Khas Village, Delhi Haat INA, Delhi Haat Janakpuri, Vishwavidyalya Metro Station, Kamla Nagar Market, M2K Rohini, etc. A variety of topics were performed, that included Religious Intolerance, Kashmiri Pandits, Mental Illness, etc.

Not stopping, Manthan’16 went to Jammu, where Ek Saath Rang Mandal performed at Dhanwatri Park on March 1. Kathmandu (Nepal) welcomed Manthan’16,  where Achel Natya Samuha performed at Basantapur Dabali, Kathmandu on March 2, simultaneous with Patiala, where Thappar Nautanki Team performed in Thappar University Campus. On March 5, Lucknow saw the street production “Wo Kon Thay?” at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Gomti Nagar. Jaypee University of Information Technology’s Dramatics Team performed their play on Indian Army at Mall Road, Shimla on March 13. On March 14, Aaina Theatre Group from Manipal performed their production at Kamath Circle, Manipal. Mumbai witnessed a couple of street theatre extravaganza, when Narsee Monjee’s team and Naujawan-E-Hind performed their production at Dharavi on March 5. The same day, BIT Mesra’s team, Ehsaas performed in their campus in Ranchi. Alankar Theatre Group from Chandigarh performed at Sector 17 Market on 16th March, where on the other hand the Dramatics Team of NIFT in their campus on the same day. Varanasi and Bhubaneswar struck a chord on March 17, where Varanasi saw a performance by the theatre team of Benaras Hindu University at Limdi Corner and Bhubaneswar on the other hand witnessed a performance by NIFT, Bhubaneswar at Sandy Towers, MP Nagar, Bhubaneswar.

With an unstoppable vigour, Manthan reached Cochin, Durgapur, Ahmedabad and Bhopal on March 18. The performance at Cochin was by the team of Bharata Mata College in their campus. NIT Durgapur’s team Enteract Club performed at Junction Mall and Chhaap performed their play at Alpha One Mall, Ahmedabad as well as Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad. In Bhopal, UIT RGPV’s team Insynk Drama Club performed at DB Mall, MP Nagar, Bhopal. Rajkot and Lucknow welcomed Manthan on the same day, ie March 19, when street play team of Marwadi Education Foundation performed at Crystal Mall, Rajkot and Abhinay performed at Janeshwar Mishr Park, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.

March 20 was an action packed day, when Manthan touched Coimbatore, Amritsar, Bhopal and Mumbai. Govt College of Technology’s team performed at Fun Mall, Coimbatore, Makhna Theatre Group performed at Trillium Mall, Amritsar, Maulana Azad National Insitute of Technology performed at 10 Number Market, Bhopal and NIFT Mumbai performed at Dharavi, Mumbai. On March 21, Strickers Theatre Group performed at Shastri Circle, Jodhpur. Chhap, our NGO associate in Gujarat, performed once again at Infocity, Gandhinagar.

With unending tales of success, Manthan’16 is still continuing to amaze theatre enthusiasts from all over the country.

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