T R U T H B E Y O N D FA C T S
8th September, 2011
Special Bhasha Utsav Edition A Media Studies Initiative
UNITED COLORS OF ETHNICITY
Melting Pots of Culture - Pg 2 Melange - Pg 6 and 7 Cymbals, Drums and Vibrancy - Pg 8 University of Diversity - Pg 10 And more...
Cover Picture : Pushkar V (II MSComm)
hasha Utsav, or Ethnic Day, is an annual celebration of the various cultures across campus, a day devoted to being Assamese, Bengali, Keralite, Korean, African etc.; a day to re-establish one’s roots and revel in the colors of a united diversity. The first Ethnic Day was celebrated on 8th September 2005, with the chief guest being Kannada cine star Tara. Since then, there has been no looking back and Bhasha Utsav continues to be celebrated with vigor and gusto year after year on the same day, this being the 7th commemoration of the event. This is a result of the hard work of the Department of Languages (Christ University), that consists of Dr. Krishnaswami (DeanHumanities and Social Sciences), Dr. Mallika Krishnaswami, Dr. Abdul Munaf, Dr. George Joseph, Dr.
Prafulla MV, Dr Rathi, Dr Sebastian KA and Dr Shiva Prasad YS. The organizers have put in their heart and soul into this event and hope that it will surpass the high standards set in the previous years. The idea was conceptualized with the aim of revitalizing the different cultures of the students since the need was felt to reconnect with one’s roots in an increasingly globalized world where cultures are quickly homogenized. It is not just the Indian students who are encouraged to display their ethnic roots, but foreign nationals too are given a chance to exhibit their local traditions in the
form of dances, clothes, music or any other cultural program they may want to showcase. The program this year began with a small procession that started from the main block and ended at the auditorium, students
and faculty joining in as professional troupes beat their drums and led the parade. This was only a mellowed version of the riotous procession that came later, after the cultural extravaganza in the auditorium. This being one of the few times when students
are allowed to let their hair down, they joined the festivities with enthusiasm. Teachers too could be seen dancing with complete abandon, leaving all inhibitions behind. Ethnic Day celebrations had started off with just one professional troupe performing in 2005, but we now have three – Dollu Kunitha by Devaraju and Party from Karnataka, Singari Melam by Mohandas and Party from Kerala and Naiyandi Melam by Yuvraj and Party from Tamil Nadu. Next year, there are plans to get more troupes to perform, maybe some from the northern parts of the country like Rajasthan. The troupes per-
form not only in the auditorium, but during the procession as well that follows later for the benefit of students who may have missed out on the first formal performance. What started out as a small march round the campus has now evolved into an exuberant, energetic mob-dance that pulls everyone into its sway, even the security guards and faculty. For once, the students are allowed to scream and sing and completely lose themselves in the celebrations without anyone reprimanding or monitoring them. Though the celebrations last only for a few hours, the aim of Bhasha Utsav is to create memories that will last forever and to evoke a sense of pride and belonging in each one of us that will stay with us throughout our lives. Ethnic Day is celebrated every year in the hope of not only
giving Christites a day to themselves when they can enjoy themselves to the hilt, but also of reminding them of their roots. The regional diversity among us that is ignored on usual days, the lost cultural identity that is submerged under an overarching identity of being a Christite, all of it is realized on this one special day. We not only get a chance to exhibit our own individual cultures, but are made aware of the other existing cultures in our world as well. Here’s to tradition, to roots, to culture; here’s to Bhasha Utsav! - Aina Mathew
AND THE DEAN SPEAKS ‘BHASHA UTSAV’ A LEARNING EXPERIENCE
When The Professors Participate
hasha Utsav is not just a celebration for students alone. but the faculty from every department take great pride in being a part of the celebration. This celebration of Global and Indian culture has been taking place in the University for the last seven years without fail. This space gives an opportunity for one to celebrate their culture and tradition and share it with others as we get deviated by other cultures flowing into ours. This year promises to be as vibrant and lively as the previous years and maybe even better. These are the words of the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities, Prof. Krishnaswamy, when he addressed the gathering in the Auditorium during the cultural extravaganza. During his address Prof. Krishnaswamy said “Bhasha Utsav is a part of our curriculum, as not everything can be covered in our academics. It brings back our Indian culture and other traditional cultures”. He also had a message for the students where he made an important statement that life goes beyond the course of study, thus telling all the students how essential it is for everyone to cherish such celebrations whole heartedly and simultaneously learning to imbibe other cul-
tures. In a University such as Christ, it is important for students and teachers alike to be able to coexist and progress in a diverse cultural environment. This could was best displayed by an event like Bhasha Utsav, where people of different cultures, not only from India but from around the world, came together to celebrate their own, and more importantly each other’s unique cultural heritage and diversity. Bhasha Utsav gives every person in Christ University an opportunity to learn, cherish and educate people in our community about various cultures that can be found in our University. We must take every minute detail of our culture; blend it with our already existing knowledge to enrich it. We also learn to understand and tolerate new cultural practices. According to Prof. Krishnaswamy” Bhasha Utsav is a part of our CIE (Continuous Internal Education).” Hence, education doesn’t stop at any point in life and is incomplete till all the areas of personality development are covered. Understanding of our culture and that of the others should be absorbed by anybody and everybody and it forms an essential aspect of our overall development. - Bhagyalakshmi
thnic day in Christ University is not only a day of celebration for the students but also for the faculty. This celebration helps bind people of all generations and takes us to our roots by reminding us of our culture, which is quickly being forgotten, due to our busy lives. Not only do the students form a heterogeneous group in the campus but even the Staff Club witnesses the presence of mixed cultures. Teachers also actively take part in the celebrations of this event by dancing with the students and wearing their own cultural ethnic attire. According to Prof. Padmakumar, Head of Performing Arts, there are two kinds of understandings when it comes to culture. Oneway of looking at it, is as a tradition and the other being ‘culturing’, meaning creating a culture. For him Ethnic Day is a call or is a platform for combining these two notions together. Prof. Sreehari, Dept of Media Studies, who is also an Ex-Christite, believes that it is a lot easier to enjoy this day when you’re a student. He says, “Being a faculty member you can’t enjoy as much as the students because when I was a student, I enjoyed with my friends”. This delight of ethnic day is not very different for the teachers and students. It is open for everyone. The day brings a sigh of relief for the students and for the faculty by putting aside their duties and being a part of this festivity!!!
And It All Began !! ed off with a procession from Block II. A group from Tamil Nadu called ‘Naiandi’ headed the procession consisting of four members, divided into
As the soil, however rich it may be cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit.”
he sounds of the nadhaswaram filled the ears of people who entered Christ University on 8th September. The eagerly awaited Ethnic Day was finally here!Ethnic Day or Bhasha Utsav is celebrated in a huge way and with great splendour in Christ University as students from various diverse regions celebrate their ethnicity and their unique cultural heritage. The much awaited day start-
three Nadhaswaram players and one Taval artiste. The group is managed by Mr. Yuvaraj who formed this team 10 years ago. They have travelled all over the country and performed at various occasions ever since.Students streaming in joined the procession and soon enough, from ten students it reached
oving out of home did make her sad, but the many opportunities and the diverse culture of India attracted her. The thought of exploring this vast country and its traditions occupied her mind and made her less homesick.BonguochSathisommon, a first year BBM student at Christ University, dressed in a traditional Thai ethnic attire shared her experiences with us, about India and home (Thailand). •What attracted you to India? India is a beautiful place with diverse cultures. It reminds me of home as they are similar. And it is very difficult to find a home away from home as one might not find the warmth and love you are used to for a long time; But I think I have found one.Today I realized the vast culture present in the college and to me this is like a small India.
a mass of more than a thousand. The procession started from Block II and guided all the marching students to the Main Auditorium and the number of students kept increasing every second with every student adorning his/her own respective ethnic wear . Significantly it denoted how everybody from different backgrounds come together. From silk to chiffon, Kancheepuram saris and Lungis to Mekhala Chaddar the procession had it all. The parade continued all the way up to the auditorium , with the instrumentalists receiving an enthusiastic and warm welcome from the students. - Gayathri Gopalakrishnan
•What do you think about ethnic day being celebrated at Christ University? I got to see the many different cultures of the states and countries. It’s truly a unique experience. •Was it inconvenient for you to adjust to Indian culture and tradition? Not exactly but there were little adjustments, which every individual needs to make when moving from one country to another and one culture to the other. But I love India like a second home. •Can you define your experience in India, particularly at Christ University keeping in mind the ethnic day that is being celebrated today? In a short sentence it would be “Ultimate bliss and nirvana”. - Pearl Edmund Priyanka
Discourses through Dance
thnic day showcased ‘Bhasha Utsav’, a festival of different cultures across India and abroad. It was conducted by the Department of Languages. The different art forms of India were showcased by professional troupes, andsome by the Christites. The Karnataka group showcased a folk dance named ‘Kolata’, which depicts Karnataka’s rural culture. There is no specific step for the dance form.
It is a vivid dance form involving groups of people swaying and jumping to the rhythm of clashing sticks. The Karnataka group started their preparation three weeks ago and the group consisted of six members. Pallavi, one of the dancers, said “it is great to have ethnic day in college since it helps to know different cultures better”. The Kerala team showcased the Nandanam, a pure blend of
Cheers to global diversity language department. Bhasha Utsav is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural festival showcasing the glorious cultural heritage of India and other countries. The auditorium was packed with students and the faculty members of various departments. The entry was grand with the drums beating hard and loud. The program started with a devotional song named – “Mantra Pushpam” meaning “he who understands the flowers of water, becomes the possessor of flowers, children and cattle.” Ms.Rati from the department of Kannada began the day with her welcome speech.
nderstanding languages, celebrating diversity - started in 2005, Bhasha Utsav is a tradition in Christ University, carried on for the past 6 years. It is organized by the
Then, Prof. Krishnaswami addressed the audience. He explained the meaning and importance of Bhasha Utsav. He spoke about how Bhasha Utsav is an integral part of our personality development and education. India is
Mohiniyattam and Kathakali. Mevin, one of the Kerala team members,said, “ethnic day involves traditions and cultures and a nostalgic feeling for those who belong to different parts of the country and abroad.” The Tibet team showcased the Tashi Shopa which is one of the most famous Tibetan dance performed during the festivals. Tnzinpassang, one of the members of the team said that this dance form is performed on special occasions and events, and it marks festivity and celebrations. It is performed during auspicious event to invoke God’s blessings. This dance is also a form of good luck and the farmers perform this to please their Gods and reap good harvest. These were the experiences of the teams who were all excited to perform in the auditorium and highlight the beauty and uniqueness of their respective cultures. - Kirti Sinha
a land of diverse cultures and Bhasha Utsav recognizes all cultures, religions and sects. Dr. Fr. Thomas C. Mathew addressed the audience next. Bhasha Utsav gives the campus a rhythm and movement, people get together as one and celebrate the diversity and that’s the essence of the whole event. The chief guest Mr. Jaggesh is a popular comedian in Kannada films. He has over 3 decades of experience in the industry. He spoke about how the youth should be passionate about their country and how they can bring about a change in their socio-economic scenario. He concluded by saying that we are lucky to have had the opportunity to study in such a prestigious institution. And if he could go back in time, he’d love to have studied in Christ University. This was followed by the vote of thanks which concluded the stage events. - Shreesha Chakroborthy
Cymbals, Drums and Vibrancy
he cultural programme kickstarted with a spectacular performance of a dance form of Karnataka, called “Dollu Kunitha” which is performed by the men of the shepherd community. The men wore animal prints and formed human pyramids. The drum beats were synchronised and the energy was magnificent. It was followed by “Chenda/Singari Melam”, a cylindrical percussion instrument used as an accompaniment for Kathakali, Kannyar Kali besides Yakshagana. The drummers wore “mundu”, traditional attire of kerala. The boys juggled with cymbals, which was a treat to watch.Then the cultural competition for christites began. The first student performance was the Tibetan dance.“Tashi Shopa”, the opening dance of the ancient White Mask School of Tibetan Opera. The boys wore a mask made of goat fur. This dance is said to bring good luck and prosperity to the audience. The predominant colors were black, green and red. The next dance was Kolata or Stick Dance, a dance from Karnataka which requires immense flexibility. The girls wore bright purple sarees and jasmine
flowers. This was followed by a soulful melody by the band ‘Jatenpung’ from Korea. The song was called “Neohgeh nan, Naehgeh neon”. The dance performance by Christites representing Nepal was called Maruni. This was followed by a special performance representing the traditional dance form of kerala- Thiruvathira, the girls were dressed in traditional white sarees and the boys were holding colourful umbrellas amidst the audience. Next was a dance representing the rich Islamic culture of South India. Music and dance being integral part of Africa, the students gave an energetic and powerful performance called the Amaraba, the traditional Rwandan dance. Subsequently the audience were treated to a Japanese melody representing the four seasons. Lastly the students played the flute, dholak and the guitar leaving the audience asking for more.
are all school children and are aged between 12-16 years. They perform with instruments such as ‘Chenda’ and ‘Elathalam‘.The third group was from Tamil Nadu called ‘Naiandi’ headed by Mr.Yuvaraj. They have been playing for ten years. They perform with instruments such as Nadhaswaram and Taval. The procession, led by the three groups, started from the main gate and proceeded to the P.U block where enthusiastic students applauded and cheered for the groups. The perform-
- Anketha Jagadesh Raman
Drum Maro Drum
he procession was led by three groups namely, ‘Janmabhumi Janaprada Kala Sangham’, ‘Shri Durga’ and ‘Naiandi’. The first group Janmabhumi Janaprada Kala Sangham, from Karnataka was led by Anil Kumar was colourful and constituted of 12 members. They have been performing for the past 10 years and this has been their second time in Christ University. The instrument played by them is ‘Dollu’. When asked, Mr Anil Kumar (manager) says, “Beats are limitless. We can play anything”. They are followers of Lord Shiva and dance to please him. They even dress like him wearing leopard print and yellow headgear.
ers danced to their music and also performed stunts which enthralled the crowd. Rajshri from MA Sociology described the procession saying, “It was like a breath of traditional air in a modern institution like Christ University.” Everyone shed their inhibitions and even the non-dancers grooved to the drum beats.
The second group ‘Shri Durga’ from Kerala have been performing in various places such as Chennai, Trichy, Bangalore and Salem but it’s their first time in Christ University. The artists
- Alankrita Jain
From the P.U block they moved to the central block where all the groups performed together. This was a fusion of traditions and people all over the campus joined the festivity. The procession then ended in the first block and the students dispersed with an undying spirit of unity.
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University in Diversity!
n September 8th 2011, Christ University saw a colourful ambience of ethnicity as the students came in their different ethnic wears to celebrate Bhasha Utsav in the campus. Not only was there a sense of diversity, but also a display of laughter, joy and unity.As the special procession began at 9:15 am in front of central block, the crowd saw an enthusiastic group of students from different parts of the country and the world over.
of the kings and queens from generations. “I am getting to see people from different regions and appreciate the culture and identify them because we are in our usual wear all the time, so this day is special” she said with a smile of royalty. From a distance it was Fahim, Faradiooa and Farshad from Afghanistan who approached the .........with their ethnic wear called the Pashtun called Patan in Urdu. Fahim described his outfit as he showed the classic embroidery sewn with hands. “I am proud to see the culture and unity of all the students in the campus.” he said with a spirit of pride and joy in connection with his nation.
“I come to India every year, and I am proud to wear the ethnic wear of Karnataka. This is a special Hindu Brahmin ethnic wear that I am wearing” says John from the United States of America. As the crowd moved on in the procession, it was Krush Pradhan from Nepal, who stood out wearing a Dhaka Topi, who cheerfully showed his strength in his wear which signifies the mountains of Nepal. Sneha from Darjeeling wore a fariya and a cholo exclaiming that she represented her community, followed by Aochan from Nagaland who represented the Ao tribe. Owni from Mizoram wore puan which is an important part of festivals celebrated at her home town. There were students from Ivory Coast who showed their pride in their ethnicity. Issiaka Aziz Yann a student of BCA who wore a ceremonial Kabolangingo embroidered in silk cream thread and sky blue along with his friends Ayegnon Arnel and Marlene Ambeu who wore startling turquoise ethnic wear called Wranoper happily showed the spirit of their nation. Amidst all the students was a touch of royalty from Korea. Rebecca wore a Ham bog which is the rich royal wear
“Christ University has a diverse culture, but it is only on the Ethnic day we get to know more about the varied culture that prevails in the campus” said Grace from Congo. She wore Pagne matching it up with colourful plastic ornaments, which is an ethnic outfit they wear for auspicious occasions. The Beat of drums were heard with a thrill as the performers of Dolukunitha were all set in the best attire called the Shivanavesha which signifies their respect to Lord Shiva - Sandesh Mysore
traditions. The youth, today, is fast forgetting their roots. It is very necessary to have events like these, so that we can hand over our cultures to the coming generations.
Where cultures meet in celebration.
Nitesh: It is a platform for the students to portray their talents and cultures. Sanesh: What are the different programmes being put up? Nitesh: There are three different professional troupes.
hasha Utsav, a noble venture to promote and propagate the cultural diversity of our country was celebrated today in the Christ University with great enthusiasm. To know more about the event, we spoke to Prof. Sebastian from the Dept. of Languages (Hindi), who is a part of the core organising team of the event.
fact that in spite of belonging to different cultural horizons, there is a strong sense of unity among Christites, which is further reinforced with this event that sets out with the mission of ‘celebrating diversity’.
Being a language teacher, he understands the need for promoting the regional languages in India, along with their traditional art forms. He recollects the enthusiasm with which the event has been celebrated since 2005. He said Christ University is a nurturing ground for all and shared cultural heritage helps develop a universla mindset.
A Word From The Organisers
When asked about the attitude of the youth towards the ethnicity and cultural heritage of the country, he acknowledged that their enthusiasm in celebrating such events gives him great confidence that the new generation is indeed concerned about conserving these values and that they would never let the language and art forms of this country die out. Even though he expressed his concerns about the massive spread of western culture that separates the youth from the soul of this country, he suggested that there was nothing wrong in imbibing the good from them. He was proud to stress on the
- Neeraj Ninan
n interview with Mrs. Mallika of the French Department and Nitesh, the inaugural function host from the Department of Commerce, regarding the ‘Ethnic Day’. Sanesh: What was the main idea behind ‘Bhasha Utsav’ ? Mallika: Basically, it helps to make you conscious about your culture and
1.Dollu Kunitha by Devaraju and party from Mandya. 2.Chande/Singari Melam by Mohandas and party from Palakkadu 3.Naiyendi Melam by Yuvaraj and party from Krishnagiri. There will also be performances by national and international students. Sanesh: When did you start the preparations for the ‘Bhasha Utsav’? Nitesh:We started preparing about a month ago. The performances were screened and the best were selected for the final stage performance. Sanesh: What is ‘Ethnic Day’ to you? Nitesh: It is a platform where one can showcase oneself without hesitations. Mallika: It is beautiful to see the everyone in their roots and being faithful to their culture. - Sanesh Mathew
ETHNIC DAY EDITION Mounica Dina H Abhishek, Anketa, Shreesha Sharan
Gowri Deena P, Nandini, Kevin
Amrita Leena Kirtihi, Sanesh Tanima Pooja Nitya Gayatri, Alankrta Shriya Sandesh M Bhargavi Vidisha, Anima Chandan
Team A Reporting
Room No: 915
Team C Distribution
Antara Deepshika Syed, Aina, Neeraj Nitish
Sandesh S, Atriya
Layout Designer: Nikita Amogh
Ritika Nishita Rem, Bhagya Shayne
Art/Design Media Lab
Shweta Minu Pearl, Priyanka Siri
thnic day marks the celebration of various cultures in Christ University. On this day, everyone gets together to celebrate their differences in a vibrant and lively environment, along with experiencing the uniqueness of each person’s individual expression of their own culture. For the 1st M.S.Communication students however, it was a completely different experience as they had the Himalayan task of publishing a ‘Bhasha Utsav’ special edition of the M.S.Communication news letter “Commix” on the very same day. The first step towards executing this plan was mind-mapping, wherein the class was divided into a mock news agency and everyone was given their specific designations. This was done to give the students clarity on their roles and the work involved in executing these roles effectively. The Editorial team was headed by Gowri and she was assisted by Nandini Santhanam,
Text Specialist: Niladri Image Designer: Anita
Bhasha Utsav Special
Kevin James, and Deena P. The Layout and Designing team was headed by Amogh R and he was assisted by Nikita Nagesh, Anitha R, and Niadri M. Sandesh S and Rigzin were responsible for the printing and circulation. The Reporting team was expected to cover
the Organizers, Faculty, Auditorium & Backstage, Ethnic Wear, Students and the Procession that was to take place after the cultural programme came to an end in the Auditorium. This was a platform for the students to get a firsthand experience on how a newspaper organization works and also specifically how to work within deadlines. Reporters from each team gathered information and sent their articles to the Senior Editor of the team, who in turn forwarded the articles to the Editorial team for further scrutiny. After this, the final pieces were sent to the Layout and Designing team who figured out appropriate ways in which the articles had to be placed in the newsletter. The team came through with flying colours, and ended the challenging task by publishing the newsletter at 4 pm. - Ritika Singh.