DU marks Bhagat Singh anniversary through drama

New Delhi: On the eve of revolutionary leader Bhagat Singh`s birth anniversary, college students from Delhi are participating in a drama competition.

The Cultural and Fine Arts Society of Shaheed Bhagat Singh college in collaboration with the Culture Council of Delhi University is organising a dramatics competition at the Sri Ram Centre Auditorium here.

"Known for his valour and martyrdom, Bhagat Singh`s cry for revolution echoes the sentiments of contemporary times as well. His courage and idealism still inspires popular imagination," says Sarvchetan Katoch, Convenor, Cultural and Fine Arts Society of the college.

Titled Manchotsava, the festival is scheduled to be held on September 26 and an elite panel of judges from the National School of Drama would judge the competing performances.

Dramatic societies of nine colleges – Hansraj, Hindu, Kamala Nehru, Miranda House, PGDAV (Evening), Shivaji, Sri Ram College of Commerce, Shyama Prasad Mukherji as well as host Shaheed Bhagat Singh- have been selected to participate in the festival.

Participant would bring plays of varied themes to the competition. "We are doing an adaptation of Ismat Chugtai`s play "Ghoongat" which explores the insecurities of a woman," says Paridhi, coordinator for the dramatic society of Miranda House.

Hindu College`s co-ordinator Aishwarya says, "We are excited to perform in the festival especially at the Sri Ram Centre which has excellent lighting and sound system.

"Our play is a self scripted one about a woman who takes on the role of Mirabai when she finds her husband facing trouble in his career and life."

Meanwhile, Sarvchetan Katoch says youngsters these days seem to know more about leaders from outside India like Che Guevara than their own national icons such as Bhagat Singh.

"We aim to revisit Bhagat Singh`s ideals and hope to reestablish his contribution to the freedom struggle through this festival," he says.

Bhagat Singh was born on September 28 1907.

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