THE ENGLISH ACADEMY
Tirthankar Sengupta (Secretary)
Shakespeare Film Festival and some small events mostly concerning literature
last year, The English Academy started the session with an aim to include more
and more students of all departments in its activities. There was also an
endeavor to establish the inter connection of other arts which share an
inseparable relationship with Literature. The Academy organized it’s inter
college annual event LITERARIA on 22nd September 2010.
The event this time was bigger and better. The events included competitions on
Creative Writing and Turn Quote Debate. The selections to choose the
participants who would represent the college was open to all departments and
students of almost ten departments, from arts and science alike, turned out for
the selections. It is a happy coincidence that ultimately the participants who
represented the college and who went on to secure 1st prizes belonged to
departments other than English. The events were judged by eminent personalities
like Sri Dibbendu Plit, Pro R. Guho Neyogi, Sri Jagganath Basu and Mrs Urmimala
Bau. The highlight of Literaria this time was the range and variety of events.
During the inauguration the students of 2nd and 3rd years performed a dance
programme “ALANKRITA” based on the theme of ‘romanticism’ fusing Eastern and
Western music and poetry. A group of English Department students innovatively
contextualized and enacted a part of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The screening
of the movie “RASHOMON” followed—Prof Amitava Roy introduced the students to the
themes of the movie through an enlightening lecture. The final event included a
musical programme by three students of third year based on a script fusing
poetry, music and philosophy.
The English Academy plans include another intra college event this year to
include all departments, and are considering the publication of a departmental
magazine. The aim is to gradually guide the junior members of the academy take
over the reins through endeavours like a CREATIVE CORNER where students may
express their artistic talents.
The festival in which some of the most eminent colleges of Kolkata had
participated, comprised of screenings of cinematic adaptations based on