Carpe Diem Day-1: Through Rhythm and Through Rhyme

 

Carpe Diem is an annual event organized by the student association Vrittanta. It is a freshers’ talent hunt – a platform for the newcomers of the department to confidently portray their talents, be it dance, theatre, music, debate and what not. It is conducted enthusiastically by Vrittanta in spirit of its passion for providing students with newer opportunities every time. There were several events going on at the same time such as music and dance.

Music Event:

The Music event, out of the many events that were happening around the same time, was a much-awaited one and the excited gathering at the venue did not suggest otherwise. The event was opened by the club heads (also the emcees for this event) Wonchi Patton [3EPS] and Biswarupa Bhattacharjee [5HEP] warmly welcomed the gathering, especially the student judges from MA International Studies, who set aside their precious time to judge the performances. They also briefly touched upon the rules and regulations of the event and hoped that audience would enjoy the performances. Both of the emcees then went on to gracefully conduct the entire event.

A group performance

The solo performers as well as the group performers, who signed up using the spot registration system, seemed extremely enthusiastic about their upcoming performances. The contest was opened with a very engaging solo performance. This was followed by six other catchy and charming performances by the talented first year singers. All seven singers performed within a variety of genres of music from classical to western. While some performances used karaoke or relevant musical instruments, some others kept it simple and traditional with a shruti box. Not surprisingly, each of the performers seemed to be setting high standards for their rivals with their performances. One interesting performer performed a beautiful ghazal solo that mesmerized the audience, composed by her own father. Thus, the event saw performers who also chose to stay true to their roots with regional classics. Nevertheless, every singer chose to uniquely render their musical choices, marked by their personal styles. The solos were then followed by two amazing group performances that were a beautiful amalgamation of Indian and Western musical styles.

A participant’s song being accompanied by instrumental play

The audience were extremely receptive to the performances, duly cheering the participants on with much vigor and excitement. Responses suggested that they thoroughly enjoyed the renditions. Some seniors among the audience even admitted, albeit hesitantly, that their juniors may even be better than them went it came to musical understanding and tastes! At the end of the day, it was quite evident that coming to a decision regarding the winners would be quite an ordeal in itself for the judges.

The event ended on a positive note with the participants as well as the audience having thoroughly enjoyed the competition, hoping to be part of many more of such memorable events and waiting for the results – fingers crossed!

Dance event:

The dance event was an extremely exciting one since it had the surprise element of using props, which gave it an interesting twist. The performance took place in the Mini Auditorium, Block 1 and was gracefully conducted and headed by Megha Garg (3 EPS) and Janardhan (5 HEP). Ms. Harsimran Sondhi was also present, to ensure ran smoothly. There were 6 dance groups who performed over the hour that the event took place for and all of them were enthusiastic and full of energy!

The dance competition started with the emcee welcoming faculty and students and introducing the judges from the Masters of International Studies. Just before the performances were to start all the rules and regulations were explained, which were the following:

1.    Props were given to each group, 2 days before the performance.

2.    Random chit drawing decided the props for the groups.

3.    The groups could have a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8.

4.    The dance could be up to 4 minutes long, however out of those 4 minutes at least 1 minute has to be incorporating their prop.

Lastly, the judgment criteria were also explained, which was performance, choreography, prop incorporation and coordination. The performance began with the Spirit Shakers who were given rope as their prop, Toxic Thrusters with duppatta, Troublemakers with a chair, Step Up with jackets, Stardust with Newspaper and lastly, Stage Rockers with bags. Each of these groups managed to skillfully and creatively incorporate their props into their dances and it was brilliant to see their expressions, energy, and excitement. Some groups were full of energy, some gave an extremely deep meaning through their dance and some had wonderful conceptualization.

The event ended with a vote of thanks and the winners are yet to be declared, but it’s definitely much awaited!

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Carpe Diem Day-2: Through Words and Through Wit

Carpe Diem is an annual event organized by the student association Vrittanta. It is a freshers’ talent hunt – a platform for the newcomers of the department to confidently portray their talents, be it dance, theatre, music, debate and what not. It is conducted enthusiastically by Vrittanta in spirit of its passion for providing students with newer prospects every time. On Day 2 of Carpe Diem, 6th June 2018, three events were taking place at the same time: debate, quiz and art event.

The Debate competition:

The debate competition, was held in Panel Room Block 2 and was attended by many debate enthusiasts from the department. Not surprisingly, the attendees did express their high expectations towards the quality of the event. The event was conducted by the club heads, Granth Vanaik (3HEP) and Oishik Dasgupta (3EPS). It was opened by Granth, who began by welcoming the student judges Aishwarya and Mandara from MAIS and remarked that the platform was honored to have them evaluate the performances. He also appreciatively welcomed the presence of Dr. Anurag Tripathi, faculty coordinator of Vrittanta, who has been an indispensable part of the department. Oishik Dasgupta then took the podium to brief the audience about the rules, regulations and nature of the debate, which was to be conducted in the traditional Oxford style. He also declared the motion for the debate – This House believes that parents will give parents proxy votes for their children, the context of the motion being the concept of adult suffrage mentioned in Article 326 of the Indian Constitution as well as that of the Universal Adult Franchise – as is visible, the motion was quite becoming for the crowd that attended. The first team – Team Proposition was welcomed on to the stage.

Debate club head Granth Vanaik and judges Aishwarya Raj and Mandhara BP
Debate club head Granth Vanaik and judges Aishwarya Raj and Mandhara BP

While Team Proposition kicked off with a solid start by Khushi from 1HEP, they were faced with plenty of POIs. The case was not very different for Team Opposition either. Evidently, both sides were up against quite a challenging range of arguments which would require efficient and well-founded rebuttals – a requirement that was successfully achieved by the participants eventually.

The entire duration of the debate saw, as mentioned, a sharp diversity of arguments that gave quite a comprehensive idea of the narratives that currently exist surrounding the concept of Universal Adult Franchise and proxy vote systems for minors.

The audience were extremely cooperative and displayed quite an intellectual demeanor throughout. Some attendees even took down notes, adopting a very critical and analytical approach to the event.

As the debate came to an end, Oishik Dasgupta (co-head of the Debate Club) took the opportunity to officially conclude the debate and clarified the process of evaluation, mentioning that the judges’ decision will remain final. Granth Vanaik close the entire event by gratefully proposing a vote of thanks to the faculty guest Dr. Anurag Tripathi, the student judges from MAIS as well as the wonderful audience for their time and cooperation.

The event ended on a positive note, as everyone hoped to be part of more and more such debate events in near future.

The Quiz competition:

This quiz was extremely interesting as it had a humorous questions accompanied with wit, sarcasm and satire, this made the students think on their feet and enjoy the quiz. This event was held in the seminar hall, block 2, headed by Rajoli Siddharth Jayaprakash, Aadarsh Vasudevan, Naeem Mohammed Pannakat, Hardik Kothari. Professor Vineeth Thomas, Harsimran Sondhi, Hanish Immanuel ensured that the event went along smoothly.

Each question carried 1 mark each and there were twenty questions, however one out of these was the ‘star question’ which carried 2 marks. The questions were based on general things, which included current affairs, sport and trending International Relations news. Some of the questions were posed through a video. The strength that took place in the quiz was approximately of 40 first year students who were divided into 13 teams of 3 each. Once the quiz was over, the heads asked the students if they think there is any that could have been executed better or if they have any suggestions for the club.

All three of the event heads Rajoli Siddharth Jayaprakash, Aadarsh Vasudevan, Naeem Mohammed Pannakat, Hardik Kothari were quizzing and were able to carry off the event efficiently and smoothly, as it was a fun and an well-organized event.

The Art Event:

The art event was organized under the dais of Kayal, the Art Club of Vrittanta, the undergraduate student wing of Department of International Studies and History. The theme of the art event was the Depiction of any Social or Political Phenomena through the use of only three colours: red, blue and green.

Eleven enthusiastic participants gathered together to showcase their talents. They used different mediums to express their ideas. The participants used water colours, poster colours, sketch pens and pastel colours to put across their ideas on paper. The participants brought forward the ideas of feminism, corruption, democracy and environment, among others. The competition was held in the Seminar Hall from 12 pm to 1 pm. The event was a success because of the help and support provided by the volunteer body.

Vrittanta Inauguration Ceremony for the Academic Year 2018-2019

On the 15th June, students and faculty of our department came together for the annual inaugural ceremony of Vrittanta – the association of undergraduate students of the department of International Studies and History.

The event, which had been much—waited for quite long, took place at the KE Auditorium. While the prime purpose of the event was the official investiture of a new set of Club Heads as well as the Core Committee, it saw the enthusiastic participation of many other students in a variety of cultural activities, led by the Student Coordinators, Hanish Immanuel and Harsimran Singh Sondhi. The ceremony also served as an avenue for warmly welcoming the freshest members into the Vrittanta family and to inform them about all the cultural, performance and literary platforms that the association offers them. This becomes necessary especially because Vrittanta as an association strives to offer more and more opportunities every year. It was graced by the prized presence of Chief Guest Dr. Roshan Khanijo, a senior research fellow at USI, specializing in the fields of security and defense strategy studies. It was also attended by the esteemed faculty members of the departments like Rev. Dr. Father Jose CC, Dr. Vagishwari SP and Dr. Anurag Tripathi.

Dr Roshan Khanijo being presented with a book by Dr Anurag Tripathi

The ceremony began with a prayer song while the lamp was lit. This was followed by an address by Dr. Vagishwari SP who introduced the audience to the Chief Guest’s commendable profile and warmly welcomed her with a bouquet of flowers. Following was a mesmerizing performance by the Dance Club.

Members of the dance club showcasing their talents

 

The Chief Guest was then welcomed on to the stage to speak to the audience. In an engaging speech, Dr. Khanijo spoke in praise of the performance and effort of the students and then went on to enthusiastically elaborate about the USI, its mission, efforts and finally, the internship opportunities that are in store for students who are interested. This preceded the official investiture ceremony of the Core Committee members.

Dr Roshan sharing her knowledge with the students

 

The Club Heads were invited to brief on their mission, vision, objective and plan of action for the upcoming semesters. Each of them eagerly proposed their agendas and sincerely called for active participation.

The club heads presenting the Plan of Action of their respective clubs
Club Heads presenting the Plan of Actions of their respective clubs

 

The array of performances ended with a light but ethereal musical performance by the Music Club.

Granth Vanaik cordially proposed the vote of thanks and as the ceremony came to an end, the faculty congratulated the team for their eager efforts and wished the students best for the upcoming departmental events.

The Core Committee and the Club Heads of Vrittanta

 

Sports and Entertainment Quiz

As part of the general quiz cycle of the Quiz club, Vrittanta, the famed sports and entertainment quiz was organized on 2nd, March 2018, Friday. A total of 12 teams participated from across the department and indeed was an intellectually stimulative event alongside the  knowledge rigor reflected by all the participants.

The event started off by the acknowledgement of the new participating teams along with their fellow members and the repetitive teams who had been participating in the previous quiz cycle were expected to stick to their respective team name as the prior used one.

The quiz was spread across 21 questions scheme, where each question was framed distinctly along the lines of the contemporary events and developments in the broad realm of sports and entertainment. Furthermore, the nature of questions as set by the quiz master of the day, was framed aesthetically where the following question would be more challenging than the previous one. Nonetheless, each challenging question was dealt with great pragmatism by the participants which further exemplified the essence of the quiz event.

The Janakiram Layout Project by Kayal- The Heart Club

This venture undertaken by Kayal- The HeART Club was a CSA project situated in Jankiram Layout. The aim was to revamp and paint the classrooms for the underprivileged children at Bright Stars Pre English School, which is the activity Centre for CSA. This venture took place on the 24th and 25th of February 2018. The team set out to complete it on 24th February at 7:30a.m. From Christ University with 54 volunteers full of energy and enthusiasm, the task was accomplished on 25th February at 6:30 p.m. Two days of this great cause would have been impractical without the dedicated artists from Kayal- The Heart Club and the volunteers of the department of International Studies and History.

Extensive work was undertaken over the two days which included painting of classrooms, the school building and repairing the benches and the furniture. In each classroom, a wall was allocated for creative work and remaining walls were whitewashed and  painted in teal green, as the colour is known for emitting good vibes.

The classrooms were painted with a theme each of solar system, city life, zoo and animals, park ,nature and the English and the Kannada Alphabets.  The outer walls of the school were painted in enamel yellow and doodled with motivational quotes and colourful art of animals, mandalas and cartoons. The blackboards were repainted for the smooth learning of the children. The doors and the windows of the clasrooms  were scrubed well to evacuate the rust and painted. The desks and benches were scrubed to remove rust, painted and repaired. The aim of this pure undertaking was to provide a colouful, joyful and respectable education environment  for the underpriveleged kids. The creative, colourful and diligent work of the students was well appreciated by the students and faculty staff present during the process of colourful redesigning. On Sunday four International students from Holland joined us for helping us in our cause.

We would like to thank  CSA for providing us with the opportunity to fill the lives of the underprivileged kids with colours and hues. We hope that this pure  and unadulterated work of Kayal helps the students in receiving a positive learning environment. We would like to thank the CSA Activity Centre for providing the volunteers and artists with delicious lunch on  both the days and for providing us with refreshments throughout the working period to keep us going.  We would wholeheartedly like to thank Dr. Father Jose CC for making it possible for Kayal to achieve and undertake this pure cause and for his constant guiding and encouragement. We would also like to thank Dr. Anurag Tripathi and the heads of Vrittanta, Hanish Immanuel and Harsimran Sondhi for helping us carry out the entire process with no obstacles and for constantly backing and supporting us.

Last but not the least, the most important is the heartfelt gratitude towards the volunteers and artists who took out time over the weekend and worked hard even in the challenging conditions just to spread smiles across the face of innocent children.

The Young Indian Diplomats’ Summit

On 19 February, the Department of International Studies and History, Christ University organized it’s inaugural Model United Nations known as the ‘Young Indian Diplomats’ Summit’. With the ambitious goal of shaping future leaders and would be diplomats in the complex art of diplomacy, the summit was held with delegates from over 30 countries who participated in three committees: the United Nations Historic Crisis Committee which was faced with one of the world’s foremost crisis after the second world war: The Suez Canal Crisis in Egypt, the United Nations General Assembly (Disarmament and International Security) which deliberated on the very pertinent issue of preventing non-state actors from acquiring nuclear weapons, and lastly the United Nations Human Rights Council which dealt with the ongoing issue of rights that refugees and asylum seekers ought to possess.

These committees were initially dominated by countries that were or are among the upper echelons of international politics. For the Historic Crisis Committee this included powerful states like the State of Israel, Republic of Egypt, the United Kingdom, the French Republic, the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Through their ability to wield considerable power and influence these nations were able to aggressively sideline the influence of smaller states and state clearly to the Chairman of the Committee their stance on the matter at hand (i.e The Suez Canal Crisis). The delegate of the Republic of Egypt began by accusing the ‘Zionist regime’ of the State of Israel as trying to assert it’s colonial ambitions in the region by invading the Suez Canal, which the delegate firmly believed lies strictly within the sovereign territory of the Republic of Egypt, without the approval of the United Nations Security Council. The delegate of the United States of America affirmed a neutral stance with regard to the crisis and pressed for the immediate evacuation of French and British troops in the region and the deployment of United Nations Peace Keeping Forces. The delegates from the Republic of France and the United Kingdom on the other hand, bitterly opposed Egypt’s nationalization of the canal and believed that that they were justified in taking action in the crisis. Lastly the delegate from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics like the delegate from the United States of America made a clear of it’s desire not to directly intervene in favor of any party involved in the crisis, though it acknowledged supplying arms to the Republic of Egypt and that it would continue to do so.

As the committee progressed, smaller states began playing a far more important role in determining the solutions to the crisis. Smaller nations could make their stance clear and play an important role in the agenda of the comittee by invoking their historical experience of exploitation which they asserted Egypt was now facing with the Suez Canal. In the Human Rights Council, the historical experiences did not feature prominently in the arguments put forth by them, but rather the focus was on either reaffirming or opposing solutions or ideas put forth in the General Speakers List and moderated caucuses.

In the end, though no suitable resolutions were reached in some committees albeit in a very short span of time, the summit proved to be a very fruitful and insightful experience for the participants as pertinent issues were discussed and deliberated at length despite the short space of time in which the summit toke place.

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The delegates
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The delegates along with the Department heads posing for a photo at the end of the event.

Kayal – February 2018

Kayal- The Heart club, Vrittanta, Department of International Studies and History had the last  exhibition of the semester organised on 12th February and 14th February. Valentine’s day being around the corner and with love in the air, the theme of this exhibition was along these lines, being, LOVE IS IN THE AIR.
The welcome speech was given by Arushi Ganguly of  4HEP explaining the theme of the exhibition and the importance of expression through art. The exhibition was inagurated by Mrs. Abhaya, Head of Department: English in the presence of Father Joseph CC and Mrs. Vageshwari. She exceedingly valued the work done and talked about history and love. This was trailed by the keen interest of the display by the chief guest and the faculty members. They appreciated the work done by the students and congratulated the artists and the volunteers.
The heads of the club Nivedita Dhawan and Mehak Sarda handed over a token of gratitude to the chief guest. The vote of thanks was given by Hanish Emmanuel, convenor, Vrittanta. The artists and volunteers were congratulated and appreciated for setting up an awesome show. They played with colours, smeared the white canvasses with a spectrum of colours and gave vent to their imagination.  The exhibition was completely organized on the theme of  love. The attractions of this exhibition were dreamcatchers, pop-up boxes, wall hangings and valentine boxes. The exhibition also incuded the constant greeting card and bookmarks along the theme of love. The posters for this exhibition were specially designed by the artists for the special time of love.  The response to the exhibition was overwhelming and the funds raised in the exhibition would be proceeded for charity like the previous exhibitions.
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The Kayal Team
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The Kayal Team with our faculty members