Crust-Cultural’ Theatre  (11th April 2022)

The Department of English ,through their Club “Literaria” organised their club activity with the theme “Crust-Cultural Theatre” on 11th April, 2022 in the College premises. “Literaria” is a unique platform for expression of the literary and creative skills of students. The students with much enthusiasm participated in onstage dramatics and offstage events like Model and Poster Presentations. The Chief Guests for the day were Mr. Vatsan M. Natarajan, Film and Theatre Actor, and Mr. Sethu Darwin, Theatre Artist. They judged the events and distributed prizes to the winners. The College Magazine “DIRECTION” and the department’s Newsletter “INSIGHT” were released by the dignitaries.

The Drama highlighted Crust-Culture with an intention to motivate students to highlight the nuances of Literature. The First Prize was bagged by the team who presented Caribbean culture, the Second Prize was won by New Zealand Literature and the Third Prize was awarded to Srilankan Literature. The Best Actor (Male) was awarded to Mr. N. Karthikeya of I B. Sc. Microbiology, and the Best Actor (Female) was awarded to Ms. A. S. Anisha of III B. A. English.

The first three prizes for model presentations were given to Caribbean literature, New Zealand literature and Greek Literature and for poster presentation - New Zealand literature, Greek and Srilankan Literature, and Caribbean literature respectively. The club motivates the students to come up with their inner talents of acting by giving a tremendous platform and to promote their confidence to face the audience.

The plays enacted onstage are listed below:

●                   Greece – Ovid’s “The Myth of Echo and Narcissus” (Adaptation)

●                   Sri Lanka - Martin Wickremasinghe’s Gamperaliya (Novel)

●                   Caribbean Islands – Lee’s “Orgulloso” (Poem, Caribbean), Julia de Burgos’ “Ay, Ay, Ay of the Black Grifa” and “I Was My Own Route” (Poem, Puerto Rico), Digdora Alonso’s “Two Poems for My Granddaughter” (Poem, Cuba), Alrio Miller’s “Burning Sensation” and “When Your Persona Breaks” (Poem, Bahamas), Austin Clarke’s “I Hanging on, Praise God!” (Short Story, Barbados)

●                   New Zealand – Witi Ihimaera's Whanau (Novel)

●                   Singapore - Alfian Sa'at’s “Video” (Short Story)

Participants were excited to learn novel literature through drama. Initially they were clueless as it was unfamiliar to them. Over time they got the essence of the literary  works. As it was learnt through performance, they instantly connected to the emotions. The participants expressed much curiosity to work  in such ambiance in future.