Journey to Kirori Mal College – from a ‘stinky stretch of earth’ to a theater center
Many household names among Delhi University colleges began to take shape after partition, when the city’s changing demographics necessitated new educational institutions for young people from displaced families. Among them was Kirori Mal College, though it hadn’t been named that yet.
There are at least two slightly different accounts of the college’s early history, but both tie it to the score. According to the history that the college management itself has presented on its website and other forums, it dates back to 1951 when it was established by American Jesuits as Nirmala College. It operated from an evacuee building, which also served as a shelter for displaced families, in Qutub Road in Old Delhi, a busy commercial area.
Play on Chhatrapati Shivaji returns to Delhi after 4 years
Raja Shivchhatrapati, a play about Maratha King Shivaji Maharaj, will return to Delhi after a four-year hiatus, BJP leaders have said. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said the Ministry of Culture, in association with the Pune-based Maharaja Shivchhatrapati Pratishthan organization, had planned five performances at the Red Fort ground from November 2.
Babasaheb Purandare’s famous play was first staged in 1985 in Pune and since then performed on over 1,100 stages across India and abroad including USA and England. Purandare originally wrote the piece in Marathi after extensive research.