Yavanika - Dramatics Club

Yavanika –The Theatre Society

The session 2020-21 was indeed an exquisite and wonderful one for Yavanika - The Theatre Society of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College.

  • We began the session with virtual workshops through online medium which led us to virtual improvisations. This was followed by a very candid session held on World Mental Health Day, when all Yavanikans together answered some questions regarding their mental health during the lockdown.
  • Yavanika produced “Baatein‟- a short-video series based on conversations between people like you and us, some real; some imaginary.
  • December 6, 2020: Our orientation, which was conducted on 6th December, 2020 started with the presentation of “Jijivisha”, an online audio production. It was also performed in SRCC's annual theatre festival Histrionica and also at RLAC‘s Radio Play Competition, where it bagged the second position.
  • Yavanika also presented other short video-based content- “Kabhi Naram, Kabhi Garam‟, “They Know?‟ and “Insta/Reality‟ at the orientation.
  • December 15, 2020: The audition process for the new batch started from 15th December, 2020 and once it was completed, the training process started where they were introduced to the amazing world of theatre.
  • March 5 -6, 2021: From January, we started our annual production, “Baaki Itihaas‟, a beautiful play written by Badal Sircar, which was adapted under the directions of world-renowned theatre director Mr. Gaurav Grover, and was successfully performed in the college auditorium on 5th and 6th March, 2021. The team worked on creating visuals and designs for the play and building their characters. The entire process was challenging and hence fulfilling for the team as they tried to portray their characters truthfully.
  • April 08, 2021: The play was also performed and presented in various theatre circuits. The team performed the play in Akshara Theatre on 8th April, 2021 at AKS‘21 organised by Abhivyakti, the theatre society of Maitreyi College, where it was awarded the Best Production and Garvit Ahuja from our team was declared the Best Performer.
  • The play also won the award for Best Production at Drishyantar‘21 organised by Samayantar, the stage play society of Maharaja Agrasen College, where Garvit Ahuja again won the award for Best Actor.
  • The play also got second position in IIT Ropar.
  • Four members of our team participated in Playhouse, a production competition organised by Sabha, the multilingual theatre society of St. Stephen‘s College, where they bagged the second position. All of these experiences were extremely enriching and ecstatic for all of us.
  • May 01 - 02, 2021: Yavanika organised its theatre fest, the third edition of Mirage, with a lot of gusto and enthusiasm. The fest was conducted entirely online and it lasted for two days, that is, 1st and 2nd May, 2021, and had competitions like Istoria- the monoact/monologue competition and Prastuti- the stage play competition.
  • It was indeed an adventure, along with a year of many personal developments, growth and learning. We are all looking forward to the next year, seeing fresh faces and achieving many more things for the society, which is like a family in itself.



  • 2nd August, 2019: The session started with the self-directed orientation play - 'Mirza Ghalib in New Delhi'. It was a huge success and was performed on various other prestigious platforms such as IIT Delhi annual fest - Rendezvous. An orientation skit titled - 'I am fine' was also presented.
  • 5th August, 2019: The auditions for the new session were started. The selection process introduced the new students to the magical world of theatre, its ethics and functionalities.
  • 6th -7th November, 2019: The ambitious mythological Annual Production, 'Maharathi', a celebrated play written by Vibhanshu Vaibhav, was adapted under the direction of renowned theatre director Mr Gaurav Grover. After rigorous training, the production was successfully performed to a full house in the college auditorium. The production received appreciation and huge audience support.
  • 13th January, 2020: The annual production was performed at various events throughout Delhi Theatre Circuit and received overwhelming response. It was selected to perform at ARSD College, University of Delhi and bagged the accolade for the best scenography and set design while performing at the Muktadhara Auditorium.
  • 24th -26th February, 2020: The preliminary round of the stage and street play competitions MIRAGE- the Annual Fest of Yavanika was held.
  • 28th -29th February, 2020: The final round of the stage and street play competitions MIRAGE - the Annual Fest of Yavanika was held It also included ‘Istoria', the mono act competition.
Student Achievements of Yavanika:
  • Second Position in Inter-College stage play competition of Chaos'20 at IIM Ahmedabad
  • First Position secured by Garvit Ahuja, Bcom Hons, Third year at DDUC 's Women Development Cell fest Srijanika
  • Place secured in Semi-finals by Raghav Gosain, English Hons, Third Year in a Reality show for budding actors, named ‘The Shining Star’, which was aired on DD National

Dr. Nisha Rana

Convenor, Yavanika 2019-20




The following events were organised by YAVANIKA in this session:

Orientation Play

1. 'Tu koi aur hai' is a skit self-written and directed by Yavanika. It focuses on Identity Crisis and seeks to encourage students to find and explore their own true self rather than lead a pretentious life.

2. 'The Park' is a play adapted by Yavanika which was originally written by Manav Kaul of the same name. The play takes a light-hearted look at issues of space, ownership and territory that inevitably leads to questions of identity and belonging.

Annual Production

1. 'Swar Vyanjan aur Manoranjan' is a play directed by Ankur Bashar, adapted from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion that tells the story of a poor, young flower girl who has been disrespected and overlooked because of her appearance and the dialect she speaks in.

2. 'Kararnama' is a street play that highlights the importance of consent. The aim of this street play is to enhance awareness of our rights and the significance of “having a say” in everything that binds our lives.

3. 'Sleuth' is a play written by Anthony Shaffer and was translated, edited by Yavanika with the help of Snigdha Raj (BMS 1st year, DDUC).

4. 'Jaago re' is a play performed by Yavanika under the direction of Preeti Chopra for promoting the responsibility of every citizen of the country to vote for the stability of our democracy.

Yavanika organized its annual theatre festival on World Theatre Day - 27th and 28th March 2019. During the festival students from across the University participated in various events such the stage play competition –

  • “Prastuti‟19: Rasakriti (face painting competition);
  • Cinematic Dilemma (mock film production),
  • I-spy (Mock CID);
  • Quizzards of Oz (theatre quiz);
  • “Takkar’ (battle of the bands between musicians of street play).

The attractions of the fest also included a panel discussion, YouTubers Sakshi Sindhwani and Rajat Sharma, a theme performance mime act by Harmeet Singh, classical dance performance by Shilpa Sivadas and a magic show by Ishammudin Khan.

Student Achievements of Yavanika:

  • IIM Ahmedabad (Chaos'19), 'Swar Vyanjan aur Manoranjan’ bagged third position in its stage play event, 'Natya Katha'
  • 'Swar Vyanjan aur Manoranjan‟ was performed in Archlights, the stage play competition of Kamla Nehru College.
  • ‘Swar Vyanjan aur Manoranjan‟ was performed in Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College in “Swang‟, the street play competition organized by the Electoral Literary Committee.
  • “Kararnama‟ was performed in “Zehniyat‟, the street play competitions of Vivekananda College, and “Mukhatib‟, Ramjas College.
  • 'Jaago re' was performed in the event organized by the Election Commission of India in the auditorium of the College.
  • 'Swar Vyanjan aur Manoranjan‟ was performed in Shoolini University, Solan; Himachal Pradesh on 7th April, 2019.
  • 'Swar Vyanjan aur Manoranjan‟ was performed Twice in the Indian Habitat Center, Delhi on 13th and 14th April 2019.

Dr. Pramesh Ratnakar

Convenor, Yavanika 2018-2019

Yavanika - The Theatre Society of DDUC was formed in 2000 and over time it has become a prominent society of DDUC.
  • Orientation Play: ‘One in Everyone’ is a street adaptation of Voltaire’s Socrates which conveyed how despite all odds Socrates aimed to convey one message till his last breathe. He wanted youth to use reasoning and logic before accepting an idea.
  • Annual Production: The play “Pyaar, Dewaar Ke Uss Paar” was of a comedy genre, a delicate and complex satire on the social and political structure of a village, where people are still caught up with their taboos of caste, religion, gender; where marrying outside one's caste is still unacceptable and is seen as a criminal act. 
  • August, 2017: Theatre workshops were organized under the direction of Mr. Happy Singh and the final production was staged on October 12, 2017. The play was also staged between October 24 – November 4, 2017 at IIT Roorkee, BITS Pilani, P.G.D.A.V college on Jan 11, 2018 and BIMTECH Noida on February 8, 2018.
  • Yavanika in collaboration with SUKHMANCH Theatre Group created a play 'Dastak' which highlighted crime against women. The group participated in the competition organized by Dy. Commissioner South Zone on Women related Issues and won 2nd prize.
Several workshops, performances, competitions, presentations and rehearsals marked the activities of the society during 2016-17. The year began with a Summer Workshop conducted from 20th June 2016 to 25th July 2016, in which the members explored and discussed texts by authors like Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chugtai, G. Muktibodh and Bhishm Sahni. Using excerpts from these readings, the participants created a play titled ―MAKE UP – MADE UP‖. The play raised issues like body shaming, linguistic chauvinism and void. This was also the welcoming performance by Yavanika for the freshers. During 20th to 22nd September, the students participated in Udaan, an inter college nukkad natak competition and performed the street play ―Teen Tigaada, Kaam Bigaada‖, challenging superstitions. Based on their performances, five students were chosen for a special 5-day intense workshop in National School of Drama. The annual stage production ―Sikandar ki Jeet‖, under the direction and guidance of Mr. Ravi Taneja was staged on fourth and fifth November in the new auditorium.The play was a historical drama on Alexander‘s invasion of India and his quest for ultimate victory. It underlined the idea of ‗mann jeet, jag jeet‘ in the time of cut-throat competition and war-like situation. Another Stage performance ‗Cold Memories‘ directed by Prabhash Chandra was given on 20th Jan.2017 which was a stage adaptation of ―Revolutionary Road‖ (a 2008 American romantic movie directed by Sam Mendes). On the occasion of Netaji Subash Jayanti on 23rd Jan.2017, Yavanika was invited to perform
―Teen Tigaada, Kaam Bigaada‖, in Bahadurgarh. Yavanika participated in several college fests where its performances were immensely appreciated. At Chaos, IIM Ahmedabad‘s annual festival held in Jan 2017, the Yavanika Team stood 2nd in both stage and street play competitions. Two members, Ms. Sakshi Garg and Mr. Sanyam Sharma were awarded the titles of Ms. and Mr. Chaos respectively. On 4Th March 2017, the society organized Film-Mania, an intercollege shortfilm making competition as part of Kalrav, the annual cultural festival of the college. On 8 th April 2017, the society organized its annual convocation function for the third year students. 
Yavanika has been redefining dramatics over the years , and the performance done by its active members has added to the coinage. In this session we have produced four main productions. The first production of the year was “ Rang ja Maati ke Rang mein “ which was a self written and self directed skit , which portrayed the plight of Indian farmer. During this session we also embarked upon a workshop ( from 15 September 2014 to 28 October 2014) under the guidance of Shri Devendra Raj Ankur, Ex-director Annual Report 2014-15 5 National School of Drama , and produced our annual production “ Kissa Maujpur Ka “ written by Shri Jayvardhan. The play portrayed a village that shows a distinct preference for a male child and prides itself in asserting male chauvinism. The play was staged at Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House on 28th Oct 2014. Thereafter it was staged at various colleges like Miranda House, Sri Ram College of commerce, Mata Sundri College and BITS Pilani. It secured FIRST position at Oasis, the annual cultural festival of BITS Pilani. Yavanika’s thirst for learning and exploring new things led to a studio performance that engaged the audience in a profound experience. The studio performance titled “ I Can…..Can We ? was showcased in MPR on 12th and 13th Jan 2015. It spoke about the “Gender imprisonment” of a male and female in the current society and inspired us to break those gender ties and make a human society. The traditional Nukkad Nataks are a significant way of highlighting issues and educating masses easily. Yavanika , performed its street production “ Ek Kadam Badlaav ka” at Antardhwani’15. The play addresses major contemporary issues like religion & gender discrimination .