Masked Faces and Stagecraft: Dramanite’19

Masked Faces and Stagecraft: Dramanite’19

“Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.”

– Rodney Dangerfield

Acting- the art of portraying emotions or expressions of a character. From finding excuses of stomach ache or fever for not attending school to smiling through our tears, we’ve all been through phases when our suppressed emotions burst forth. On 29th of August 2019, Ehsaas- Dramatics Society of Birla Institute of Technology, organized its annual event ‘Dramanite’ from 5:30 P.M. in the CAT Hall. The hosts for the wonderful evening were Yash Vishal and Muskan Srivastava. The evening commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Dr. Ashoke Sharon, Associate Dean and Mrs. Alka Srivastava.

The evening commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Dr. Ashoke Sharon, Associate Dean and Mrs. Alka Srivastava.

The program kicked off with a mime ‘Fame’. Through a display of wonderful and gripping acting skills, the actors portrayed the plot of the play ‘Internet Addiction’. The scenes held the audience spellbound in vividness. Prajjwal Pandey of the 2k17 batch came up on stage to let the tears of laughter flow. His standup comedy on ‘Foodies and Job Profiles’ completely enthralled the audience. The performance even won a standing ovation from the exhilarated audience. The next performance left the audience bamboozled. The Hindi play “Negro Baba” written and directed originally by the members of the organising society showcased the vicious cycle of Godmen and their role in the Indian society. Every time the ‘negro baba’ came on stage, the audience couldn’t stop applauding.

The hosts for this wonderful evening were Yash Vishal and Muskan Srivastava.

A Standup by Harsh Singh of 2K19 batch on college life hit the audience’s funny bones. The punch lines were so relatable that students couldn’t stop hooting. Next in line was an English play titled “Why Dance When you can Play?”. The play focused on two different arts- Directing and Dancing. The eccentric director and his wife were both artists. The story revolved around the relationship he had with his wife who loved dancing. The mysterious statues in the basement of the drama house kept the plot going on. The play was thrilling to watch and it left the audience befuddled, yet amazed at the breathtaking show. Naj, a student from 2K18 batch presented a mono act as a poet. Mono act is the act wherein an actor tries to express a situation all by himself, by playing all sides of a role singularly. The love encounter of the poet with a girl was so beautifully enacted by him that his every person in the audience was left teary-eyed. This was followed the most awaited performance of the night, the musical skit. With the entertaining dance, acting, song mashups, and an amazing plotline, “Flaws of Indian Education System” was portrayed.

With an awe-worthy and power-packed closure of the night, Dramanite’19 finally came to an end and it witnessed amazing stories on and off the stage. The efforts of the members of Ehsaas Dramatics Society were successful in entertaining the audience and to bring out the hidden talents of the young artists. As the evening drew to a close at 8.30 P.M., both participants and audience felt alike, a tinge of melancholy, and bid their time for its return.

Reporter: Ishita Shreshtha
Editor: Triparna Roy
Picture Credits: Photographic Society, BIT Mesra

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