India’s Largest Street theatre festival and the Annual Street Theatre Festival, MANTHAN, organised by the Verve – The Street Play Society of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University is back!
Having completed 10 long years, Manthan has broken all the barriers and has reached 11 different states on Ekadashi comprising of Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, West Bengal, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan on 11th March, 2018 to celebrate the spirit of street theatre.
This celebration and merry-making took place amongst a number of teams who performed their plays on various issues like rape, fascism, extremism, drug abuse, stress and women empowerment etc.
The idea behind Manthan was to make people comprehend the power that each one of us was blessed with, to raise our voice against injustice rather than being a tight-lipped human, to break the boundaries of age-old conventions and to spark the light of change.
The initiation of Manthan was marked with Manthan Mahotsav which was held in 17 locations where more than 35 teams performed with similar level of dynamism. The Manthan’s squad is of the belief that they need to be the change they wish to see in the world and this was one of the underlying reasons behind their theme of “LIES WITHIN”. Through this theme, they wish to deliver the message that we live in an era which demands a change in various fields and if we talk about the solutions, then be it a good one or a bad one, it all lies deep within is.
Interesting, the young blood of Manthan not only desires to bring a change in their nation but also aims at making the world a better place to live in. This year Manthan has spread its roots to different countries like Nepal, Canada, Nigeria, Panama, Czech Republic, Kenya, Zimbave, Afghanistan. The theatre artists of these countries will be performing on various issues existing in their countries like immigration and Tribal differences.
All that can be said is that events like Manthan not only put in efforts towards sensitizing people regarding such issues but they also operate as a testimony to the unmatched strength of young minds.