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LSR to celebrate its golden jubilee in a special way

Lakshmi B.Ghosh

NEW DELHI: It is not quite the usual way of celebrating the golden jubilee of an educational institute. But then, when you happen to belong to a college that has created history more than once through its students, doing it the different way is perhaps the only way to celebrate. Little surprising then that when Delhi University's Lady Shri Ram College decided to celebrate its golden jubilee year with a bit of `drama', it was with students who have over the past 50 years ensured its campus was never short of girlish giggles, never ending banter and a competitive spirit.

As part of its golden jubilee celebrations, the college has come up with a special theatre production "Ladki Seedhi Rahegi". Written and directed by well known theatre personality Roysten Abel who has done plays such as "Othello: A Play in Black and White", "Romeo and Juliet" in technicolor, "Much Ado About Nautanki", "The Spirit of Anne Frank" and "Vida", the play is loosely based on Moliere's comedy, and "The School for Wives" that deals with the schooling of women to turn them into good wives. A witty comedy, what makes the play -- which is co-directed by Neiha Bansal -- special is the presence of an LSR alumni spread over the past five decades. As LSR principal M. Gopinath puts it, the idea was to make the occasion special by involving old students.

By now well known for having a good college theatre group, LSR may have always been in the forefront in the campus theatre scenario, but with the best of new and old coming together, this is a play that promises to also rekindle old memories. Making a special stint on stage for their old college will be alumni members such as Shri Ram School principal, Abha Adams, noted TV actor Shivani Wazir, well known art and crafts historian Rita Kapur and actress B. Gauri, who is now with the National School of Drama.

Making a cameo appearance in the play will be LSR principal Ms. Gopinath and Kamla Nehru College principal Minotini Chatterjee. And there is more to this event than just going down memory lane. With the college deciding to donate the proceeds of the show for the assistance of those affected by the recent earthquake in Kashmir, the LSR is clearly hoping to reach out to more than just its own students. Already staged at the college premises, the play will be staged at the India Habitat Centre here on November 17 at 7-30 p.m.

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