School of Humanities & Liberal Arts, Cluster University of Jammu organize online GAB-FEST to commemorate World Theater Day

Jammu: The Department of English, School of Humanities & Liberal Arts, Cluster University of Jammu organised online GAB-FEST on 26st March, 2021 to commemorate World Theatre Day. Welcome address was delivered by Dr. Twinkle Suri, Dean Student Welfare and Coordinator, Department of English, School of Humanities and Liberal Arts, CLUJ wherein she encouraged the budding talent to showcase their theatrical talents and reiterated the need to revive the genre of theatre as it is a strong tool for self expression , creativity , compassion, empathy and human emotions. The participants from the respective P.G.I English Hons. (School of Humanities & Liberal Arts)/ U.G. English Hons.(Govt. M. A. M. College) came up with different dialogues, monologues, speeches, and delivered them with great fondness and zeal. Theatre is a way of life. It helps to promote social discourse, dialogue and potential social change. Taking all these facts into consideration the students got an opportunity to exhibit their talent and confidence. The objective of this contest was mainly to increase the appreciation for the language, widen their literary horizon and to hone the public speaking skills of students. In addition, the contest allowed the students to ignite the flame of the artist within them. All the participants were given two minutes to deliver their favorite dialogues from the famous plays. Dr.Geetanjali A. Rana, Dean Faculty of Arts gave her insights on the performances and motivated the students to aspire higher and indulge in diverse arenas of performing Arts as it gives an opportunity to explore human conditions from different perspective , thereby enhancing over understading and expression. The jury comprised of Dr.Banpreet Kour (Associate Professor, Department of English, Govt. M. A. M. College) and Prof. Neeraj Sharma (Associate Professor, Department of English, Govt. M. A. M.College) lauded the efforts of the students and motivated them to stage plays which could further hone their diction and expression .
The Ist position was bagged by Nikita (P.G.I English Hons. Sem. 3, Department of English, School of Humanities & Liberal Arts), IInd position was bagged by Ajaz Ahmed (P. G. I. English Hons., Sem. 5, Department of English , School of Humanities & Liberal Arts) and IIIrd positions was bagged by Sarthika Sharma (P.G.I. English Hons. Sem.3, Department of English, School of Humanities & Liberal Arts). Dr. Indu Sharma anchored the proceedings of the programme. A formal Vote of Thanks was delivered by Dr. Eva Sharma. The programme was conceptualized and coordinated by Dr. Indu Sharma and Dr. Eva Sharma, Faculty, Department of English (CLUJ).

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