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Might is not always right

The drama competition at Maris Stella College was an appropriate platform for talented youngsters to display their theatrical skills

Photo: Raju V.

Powerful depiction The SDMS girls won hearts with their scintillating performance

In what was seen as a slip between the cup and the lip, girls of Sri Durga Malleswara Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala (SDMS) missed the title in the inter-collegiate drama competition organised by the Department of English, Maris Stella College.

Floored by their scintillating performance, the audience clapped, cheered, bobbed and hopped in excitement. The long-limbed Gowthami seemed appropriate choice for the role of a cruel and powerful serpent that intrudes into the living space of a colony of ants by crawling into the anthills built by the tiny creatures in The Ant.

Little does the snake realizes that a tiny mite could do mighty harm if it takes to a cooperative strategy. All our strength and force comes from our faith in things unseen. He who believes is strong and he who doubts is weak.

Realising that strong convictions precede great action, the colony of ants in the play, portrayed by a group of seven girls, unitedly attacks and kills the snake and lives happily ever after.

“Exploitation of the weak by the strong, of the poor by the rich is an all-pervasive ancient phenomenon. But those who dare, dream, believe and fight emerge conquerors,” said Sarala Devi, the cultural co-ordinator from the Department of English, SDMS college.

Participants from five colleges from three districts gave their best shot and waited with bated breadth for the result. Buoyed by the boisterous response of the audience to their performance the SDMS girls could almost foresee their win. But tables turned in the end when organizers set aside the item presented by them dubbing it a ballet (dance drama) rather than a drama. Attempts of Ms. Sarala Devi to convince the organizers that it was a modern trend welcomed by the theatre did not cut ice. The group, however, was given a special appreciation prize.

Surprises galore

Boys of Andhra Loyola College (ALC) bagged second prize for their histrionics enacted in Death Trap of H.H. Munro, the British writer known by his pen name Saki. Girls from St. Teresa’s College, Eluru, were brilliant in Oops! It’s English – Mind it! But their unhappy English teacher, who thought her students had fallen short of her expectations, chided them the minute they came backstage. The girls kept mum and hung their heads down only to break into a wild squeal when they heard their name being called out to receive the first prize.

“Many surprises indeed! But we are happy to have given it our best shot,” said Metcy Varghese of Maris Stella College, who portrayed the role of a journalist in Kamala. She also bagged second prize in the individual category. P. Naresh of ALC was adjudged the best actor in individual category.

P. SUJATHA VARMA

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