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Celebrating Hitchcock

Everyone loves drama. This bunch of students showed why.


A GALAXY of detectives descended upon the GRD Auditorium at the PSG College of Arts and Science Last Week. They had a mighty task on hand. Students of the Literature Department had been practising for weeks on getting away with the perfect crime, and the sleuths had to be on the spot long before the action got over.

They did their job, and how? Be it nabbing the psychotic lady-killer or the woman forced to kill due to her aversion for a grey eye, they entered the scene and solved the cases in a jiffy.

It did not stop with this. Human beings dread the thought of vampires. For a change, a handsome-looking vampire was at the receiving end, wooed as he was by two people.

The Drama Fest, organised by students of the Literature Department, was a beehive of activity, with proud students running at the last minute, getting things ready. Their pride was justified, for the Fest was their baby -- they were in charge of everything, from choosing the story to scripting to the props to the background music and acting. And, they were judged on all aspects.

The Fest was the culmination of fortnight-long literary activities within the department which sought to tap the creativity of the students.


Contests like mock press, poem composition, story creation, Turn coat, picture composition, slogan writing, debates, JAM and dramatisation of a poem saw the seniors and juniors in the department battling it out for the top prize. Eventually, the third year students came toppers.

For the drama fest, the theme was Horror or Suspense. It seemed as if even the fans decided to act. A lone fan rotating on the stage cast an ominous shadow on the main prop, even as the protagonists were hovering between life and death. Johnson, a first year student, took most of the applause, impressing all with his mastery of the keyboard and in his role as a psycho.

Poor Old McDonald, not only lost his farm, but also his innocence, thanks to Johnson singing a rephrased version of the favourite nursery rhyme every time he wanted to kill.

Interspersed between the three skits were songs created and performed by the students. The music was excellent, but thanks to the poor audio quality, the lyrics were not audible beyond the front benches. The happy trio of Ninita Koya, Sridevi and Shruti lent their voices to "Don't fly Away", written by Kuenja Dorji, a visually-challenged Bhutanese student, who also strummed the guitar. Charles supported them on the keyboard.

Freshers Johnson and Remya rendered Jennifer's "Just for you", while second year students Gregory and Fredric gave life to Mrithika Santoshini's soulful "I Love You".

SUBHA J RAO

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