Manthan was conceptualized with the objective of reaching to the masses, giving a message of hope, revival & awakening among the youth of the country. Verve, the Street Play team has a strong sense of mission & commitment towards betterment of society and they have taken this initiative to organize Manthan every academic year. This is generally a 15 -20 day long event during which street plays are performed at malls, historical monuments, gardens, schools, & other public places by various colleges of Delhi University, IP University and IIT. Each performance is followed by a small discussion with the audience present their. These discussions are facilitated by NGOs.
Manthan has been an extremely successful endeavor in its two years of existence. The initiative has received extensive media coverage and has been applauded by noted theatre personalities. It is seen as a conversion of motivated youth using their skill to usher in fresh winds of change. More and more colleges are joining in this movement and street theater is being really used what it is meant for. As we call it more and more people are joining in our voices!
Manthan ‘09 came at a time when it was needed the most. Our country was and is plagued by internal and external crisis, and we had seen it all during 2008- terrorist attacks, communal riots, regional rifts, crime against women and complete political paralysis in a democracy as proud as ours.
Street theatre has proven its reach and effectiveness at spreading the message of hope, revival and change across time hence Manthan- the street play movement aimed to serve the cause.
Verve, the street play society of our college has a strong sense of mission and commitment towards the betterment of society. They undertook the task of reaching out to people using their skills 0f putting grave issues in a lighter, satirical but a hard hitting manner. Manthan was an attempt to bring together such many more like minded groups representing several colleges in Delhi, thereby, creating a force of 400 young people coming together to usher in the winds of change.
20 colleges of Delhi University like Indraprastha College for Women, Lady Sri Ram, Hindu, Kirori Mal, Kamla Nehru, Venkatashwara College, PGDAV, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and the like performed towards this initiative across Delhi. Plays addressed issues like indifference of people towards evil in society, waste management, women empowerment, mob mentality, youth in politics, etc.
Manthan ’09 did not just aim at spreading awareness but it also aspired to bring about a wave of change in the outlook of people cutting across generations. Besides places like malls, gardens, campuses etc; street plays were performed in schools (both govt. and private) to inspire the young minds to take a step forward and strive for a positive change. We reached about 4000 people in the process.
In addition to this, Manthan also managed to get media support which further assisted in strengthening the impact. Broadcast media such as Aaj Tak and Sahara Samay lent their support to the event. National dailies like Indian Express, Mid Day Hindustan, Dainik Bhaskar, Amar Ujala and more covered the movement. Also radio shows on Fever FM, 102.6 FM helped in drawing attention of the people to the cause.