Wednesday 16 August 2023

Independence Day celebration 2023 at CHRIST University Central Campus

Independence Day celebrated on August 15 every year, marks the day when India gained freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. Christ University, Bangalore, too, organised a commemorative event to honour this significant national occasion.

The event began with flag hoisting at 8:30 pm by the honourable Vice Chancellor, Fr Dr Joseph CC, in the presence of the guest of honour, Lt Colonel Himanshu Singh. Fr Viju P Devassy, the Pro VC, Fr Varghese KJ, the Chief Finance Officer and Fr Sebastian Mathai, Principal of Christ Junior College, graced the event with their presence. Around 2,700 students and 245 NCC cadets, alumni and faculty members were present. The celebrations included the NCC parade, the main attraction of the event. The event was concluded by 11 am.

Friday 11 August 2023

Ajagarakabalitham: A sequence from the ‘Kalyanasougandhikam Vyayogam’ Koodiyattam

The Department of Performing Arts and Western Music hosted a Lecdem concert by Kalamandalam Sajith Vijayan on Mizhavu, the accompanying instrument in Koodiyattam. The 5-day workshop was concluded by a spectacular display of the art form Koodiyattam, a traditional art form from Kerala that combines ancient Sanskrit theatre with the elements of ‘Koothu’. The art form can be dated back to the Sangam era.

Kutiyattam is the oldest still practised Sanskrit theatrical tradition, recognized by Unesco as World Heritage. However, due to several factors, it is rare to have the opportunity to attend a performance outside specific areas of Kerala. Kalamandalam is the leading institution for the teaching of Kutiyattam. Besides being teachers in that institution, Kalamandalam Sangeeth Chakyar and Kalamandalam Sajith Vijayan are among the most appreciated performers of this art form. The workshop has given students a chance to approach the basic techniques of Kutiyattam acting and the main procedures of playing the Mizhavu drum from masters of this theatrical tradition in Kerala.

Kalamandalam Sajith Vijayan introduced the mythological and historical background of the Mizhavu drum. He explained the function and role of the drum in Kutiyattam Sanskrit theatre as it is performed in Brahmanical temples of Kerala and contemporary stages. He also demonstrated the rhythmic cycles (talas) associated with the drum and their relationship with the bodily movements and emotions presented by Kutiyattam actors on the stage. The information shared resonated with the experiences taught within the department so that students could take a lot away from Kalamandalam Sajith Vijayan’s wisdom.

The acting part Ajakarakabalitham is extracted from the Sanskrit Drama ‘Kalyanasougandhikam’ Vyayogam, written by the famous poet Neelakanta Kavi. It’s the enactment of Bhima watching a furious scene in the forest while searching for the Saugandhika flower for his beloved Draupadi.

Wednesday 9 August 2023

DARPAN 2023, The Intra University Cultural Fest

Darpan 2023 was inaugurated on August 7, 2023, at the University football field. Vice Chancellor, Dr Fr Joseph CC, Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr Fr Viju P D, Chief Finance Officer, Dr Fr Varghese K J, Deans of different schools and HOD of all the departments were present for the event's inauguration. Around 5000 students across all the deaneries and departments were part of various cultural events for the inauguration.

As the program sequence unfolded with the NCC band, the sports team marched, the choir sang the inaugural hymn, and the vice chancellor opened the pedagogic league 2023 declaring Darpan. The program continued with the march off by the sports team, a performance by the Wind chamber orchestra, and an exceptional performance by the choir of 200 plus students. Natyaarpana, DOC and DPS students performed exemplary dance moves with classical, contemporary, and Bollywood movements.

The Wind Chamber Orchestra concluded the inauguration with a rendition of the National Anthem.

What is Darpan?

Darpan, the Intra University fest occurring every odd semester across the six campuses. An intra-cultural fest that spans across the board from which the best performers are chosen to form the cultural team representing the University at different inter-collegiate fests. Every individual is born with some inherent talent or ability. Darpan allows one to showcase their talents in every possible field.

The team officially curated at the end of Darpan will act as the face of the University and participates across different colleges and universities across India. The teams consist of students from various departments of the University, well-trained experts in their range of co-curricular activities. With a broad spectrum of talents ranging from artistic to oratory, the teams put forth a treat for their audience.

What are the guidelines??

1.       The set of events is only open to the students of Bengalore Central Campus.
2.      Registrations will begin on July 27th, 2023. Registration for all events will be done in Student Welfare Office, Block 1, First Floor.
3.      There is no registration fee for any events apart from Stage Group Events.
4.      The registrations for all group events close 5 days before the respective event.
5.      On-spot registrations are open for solo stage, art, and literary events.
6.      The stage events (dance) music must be submitted two days before the event.

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