MASQUERADES is the Dramatics Society of IIT (BHU) Varanasi which aims to captivate interest in theatre and its various aspects among young enthusiastic students of the college by bringing together people who are interested in the performing arts on a common platform. Covering every feature of human society ranging from humour to serious issues to social dramas, its motive is to create awareness about various social issues and entertain the audience at the same time through stage plays, street plays and various other art forms. We’ve grown not just into dramatics but also into filmmaking and productions. Following the same motive, a plethora of events are organized by the club every year to enrapture the audience into the ravishing art of theatre. The script writing, choreography, direction and outlooks for every theatre art including street play, stage play etc. are solely managed by the student body, who make backbreaking efforts to bring out these events. Also this year MASQUERADES was the INTER IIT Overall Dramatics champion among all the IIT's.
‘KRITI’ – The flagship event of Masquerades was also brought up along the same avenue as a deluge of street play performance, mural painting sessions and Kavi Sammelan organised at Assi Ghat. The status of girls in the Indian society has been greatly debated for many years. Girls are generally believed to be involved in the cooking and playing with dolls while boys to be involved in the education and other physical activities from the ancient time. Such old beliefs of men have simulated them for violence against women which resulted in the continuous decrease in the number of the girl child in the society. So in order to apprise the public audience about ‘GIRL CHILD SAFETY’, ‘Kriti’ was organized as an unexampled event of novelty to foster the efflorescence of girl child in the contemporary world. It was also an endeavour to revive the true spirit of Nukkad Natak, which prompted as a medium to educate the masses about issues which we are prejudiced or consider a taboo. Fostering the culture of the holy city of Varanasi, which has been a confluence of multifarious arts, cultures, and belief systems through the ages, the event drew exponents of all existing art forms to cater the wide audience with a lot of exemplary events. For this novel cause, Masquerades joined hands with Fine Arts Club, The Lit Club, The Photography Club, and Film and Media Council of IIT (BHU), Varanasi and also associated with Bank of India and Radio Mirchi to bring out the festivity in the best possible way. Keeping up the true spirit of creating awareness among the public, Masquerades paid gratitude to all the above associates for making such a fruitful collaboration and their concerted efforts, which served a lot to apprise the audience. Masquerades also heartily thanked for the enhancing support, that was bestowed by GURIA Foundation – a pioneering coordination, which aims to fight against human trafficking and forced prostitution especially among women and children. Lastly, Masquerades along with all the associates is highly thankful to Uttar Pradesh government for granting the permission to do the event and the protection they provided for the successful conclusion of the event.
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