With an aim to engage students through an active way of learning, engaging, ideating and participating, AHAVA Communications along with South City International School organized the Inter-School Shakespeare Festival at the school auditorium.
The inaugural ceremony of the festival took place at Starmark, South City Mall. The Principal of the host school, South City International School, Mr John Bagul, inaugurated the festival while Ms Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss Universe India (2010), was the Guest of Honour. The inauguration has been supported by Education Trust for All.
The formal opening was followed by a panel discussion titled, “Is Shakespeare Contemporary?” The eminent speakers included actor Barun Chanda, Professor Anand Lal, Ms Ramanjit Kaur, Ms Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Mr Vikram Iyengar. The panel was moderated by the Co-Director of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), Ms. Anjum Katyal.
Speaking at the onset of the panel discussion, Ushoshi Sengupta, recounted her experience of reading Shakespeare as a child and said she believes that Shakespeare is one dramatist who will always be loved by all.
Actor Barun Chanda too said that he believed that Shakespeare is contemporary. The well known actor went on to speak of his college days when he tried to play Hamlet where he “quietly slipped into the character,” by the end of the drama.
The inauguration was followed by a three day festival at South City International School auditorium. The festival concluded with a prize distribution ceremony where the principal of the host school Mr. John Bagul gave way the prizes. The prize for the best drama was won by St. James School. The best script and costume awards were won by Sri Sri Academy and St. James School respectively. The best actor of the play session was Varij Khanna from South City International School. The winner of the art competition was Karini Anand from Loreto House and the overall champion of the festival was St. James School.
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