“The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.”
For a brief moment or so, any cinephile can surpass himself to a whole different reality. One can experience vivid feelings, lead a different life, and feel emotions they have never felt. One can laugh, cry, and be angry at the exact moment. That is the power the Origins of acting and Theatre brings with itself. A kind of virtue that surpassed time and built a new world for the audience on the stage. Ehsaas, as the name of the dramatic society at BIT Mesra suggests, aspires to bring us the same feelings. The Dramatic society at Mesra organized a two-day-long dramatics event, Dramanite, through virtual mode. The event was held through Microsoft Teams and was also live-streamed on Youtube. The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Sandeep Kumar Singh, Faculty Advisor BIT Mesra.
The two day event kickstarted on 3rd October giving the spectators a wide range of emotions to feel through. It housed multiple skits, stand-ups, reenactments, and monologues. Aditya Jha, from the k20 batch, delivered a splendid performance reenacting a scene from The Basketball Diaries, whereas Aastha Shah featured herself in a mono act on love separation and society. A humorous musical skit was also put on by different members of the dramatics club, envisioning the different kinds of feeling a freshman at an Indian university went through.
The second leg of the event commenced with the mesmerizing mono act on the different discrimination and stigma prevalent in our society. The event’s finale featured an audio drama inspired by the novel “A thousand splendid suns” by Khaleed Hosseini. It explored the life of two women in post-war Bangladesh in the early 1970s. The final act was exactly like how one would want such an event to end, with tears in one eye. The audio drama enactment was profoundly moving and succeeded in bringing tears of hope to many eyes.
The event was shortly concluded with the Vote of Thanks given by the club president, Himanshu Singh, who expressed his appreciation for all members and attendees and observed how the club had successfully organized an event despite changing to an online platform. Various drama enthusiasts and cinephiles were once again excited to feel the adrenaline rush they felt earlier during post-pandemic shows.
Reporter: Asad Yousuf
Editor: Sneha Pal