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Media Conclave


The Media Studies department had

organized ‘Media Conclave’on July 2nd. It is a tradition that the department follows every year. The 2nd year students submit their research papers and present them. The focus was on the folk media. Kuruva Basavaraju and Professor Krishnaswamy were the chief guests at the programme. The programme started off with a folk song sung by Pooja of 1st MS Communication. The second MS communication students covered different areas in the folk media showing its diverse nature. The first one was about “Rangoli”, a creative pictorial expression usually found in the Indian tradition. Pushpinder Kaur presented this topic. Another student of MS Comm presented a paper on “folk media used in the Telangana movement”. It was very informative to everyone present in the session. The next presentation was by Shilpa who talked about the cultural aspects involved in folk me-

He also said that though the Indian democracy is influenced by the West the history and the roots of India is nothing without its class culture and beliefs. “Indian culture is based on these class cultures and suddenly there is a foreigner who dawns the rationalization upon us and makes us realize what ‘reality’ is” he said. He believes that there has to be a bal-

dia. Melvin, spoke about the role of folk songs in conveying message to the mass for a socio political cause. Prof Krishnaswamy addressed the gathering and spoke about the folk culture in the present world. He said that the term Folklore is a misnomer and it is a cluster of cults and myths.

ance between these two thoughts. He concluded his talk by expressing his want to treat folklore as culture studies. Prof Krishnaswamy is presently the Deanery of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Christ University. Mr.Kuruva Basavaraju explained the richness of the


folk culture and its importance. He said that the so called “developed” urban sector isnot really so in terms of ethics. He explained how one instrument can act as a communica tion tool in a village showing how sensitive and simple people are over there. He condemned the blooming media industry in the present urban scenario. “The media today do not consider the emotions and feelings that a person goes through, all that they want is the story” he said. He wants the young people to act and take a stand against such events. He also said that the youngsters should realize the value of the folk culture and revive it by atleast being informed about it. Kuruva basavaraju, was a Professor at Janapada University for 12 years; He is also a director, music director and a writer. He was awarded Sahitya academy award in the year 1994 and other literary awards like Attimabbe award. He has also bagged the National award for his movie “Kindarajogi”. He has extensively worked for the field of folk and tribal culture.

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COMMRAIDS is an annual media

event designed for the Undergraduate program students of CEP (Communicative English, Optional English and Psychology).Every year these students organize this event and actively take part in it to get a good experience and promote healthy learning.This is a one day event, taking place on the 1st of July. The Chief Guest for the event would be Mr. Saad Khan, assistant director to Ashutosh Gowariker for “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey” film. He is also a famous documentary film maker. Several events will be designed for the students; some of them photography, Mock radio, Scripting, Documentary, Just a Minute, Debate, and One minute to fame. There will be seven events, thirteen prizes, and one winner. Events will take place on the 1st of July in the seminar hall and panel room of block 2. It will be completely organized by the 2nd year CEP students. Leena Philip LAW AND ORDER



of 6th batch of LLB (2011-14) classes was held on Friday July 1st at 9.30am in the main auditorium. Mr. Madhava Menon was the chief guest for the event. As a parent invitee, shabarimala temple main priest accompanied him; his son will be the student of our university

Playback Theatre


Undergraduate Mania


are changing, people are changing, especially the youngsters, and they have started thinking about the country and most importantly themselves. Thanks to all the scams which created awareness among the people and recreated the need for the Jan lokpal bill. The campaign by the eminent social activist Anna Hazare and his true will against corruption marks a milestone in the Indian politics. The question is, is it good enough for the country? Will it really change the nature of things? This is what the students of Christ University had to say:“The bill should not involve the UPA in any way. The probe should be serious as the issue. The prime minister should also be under check” says Ankursh a student of MA Economics. Priyanka, a student of Executive MBA says that delay in action against corruption is meaningless, there has to be an end to all the irregularities. “I strongly feel that the Lokpal bill has to take action. We see

the corruption everywhere, it is so visible and it has almost become a birth right. Enough is enough, now the time has come to act. I completely support Anna hazare’s movement and I whole heartedly support baba ramdev for his work. He has done so much to the country and uplifted the yoga culture.” And she brushes off the allegations made against Baba Ramdev. “He is helping the common man and what is wrong in doing that? None of the hospitals or research centers could cure many diseases that he cured through yoga, why should we always look at the negative side of the story all the time?” condemning the procrastination she says “someone has to start and something has to start, pass the bill first and then we see what can be done next”With no more delay everyone has to act. Like Mahatma Gandhi says “Be the change you want to see” can be perfectly applied in this context. Siri Ravikumar



2011batch of LLB. And after the inauguration 2hrs of interaction session was be held by the chief guest on the subject general law, and importance of studying LLB in the present day situation with their seniors regarding the behavior and rules and regulation .After the inaguration 1st SEM students was having the interactionof the university. And inauguration of LLM classes will be held on 26th of July.

University has introduced a certificate course in Korean language. The course aims at offering quality and intensive education in Korean language. It also aims to impart education in Korean cultural information, grammar, vocabulary, writing forms and Korean dialectHangul and Hanj. In the duration of the course, students will also be taught to conduct research and carry out analysis in Korean language. Post the course, students willing to work in this field, can take up highly lucrative jobs such as that of Korean language analysts, language


experts, translators and interpreters in the different Korean companies operating in India and in the Korean embassies. The certificate course is said to be carried out over duration of 3 months, with the classes on every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:15 to 5:45pm. For more information, you can log onto the Christ University website ( or check with the department of foreign languages in Christ University. Abhishek Mahapatra

A playback theatre certificate course

is being organized in Christ University starting from 15th July, 2011. The course organizer, Mr Mohammad Arif, apart from being an ex-Christite, has also got a theatre background boasting of 19yrs of experience in the field. The theatre workshop is a 60-hours programme organized three days a week from 6:15 to 8:30 am. The workshop includes live theatre performances by actors depicting real life



second year students of Performing Arts had a day-long Paper Craft workshop on the 15th June, facilitated by Mr. Stephen (He works for an NGO named Vistar, based in Bangalore). The students were taught to make paper bags, paper folders, pencil holder, bowl, butterfly, and flower by using old newspapers, magazine papers and toilet paper. It was a creative activity with minimum use of materials. Mr. Stephen went on to explain the students the importance of the newspapers in recycling and reusing which is often neglected. Through the workshop he enlightened the students the various uses of old newspapers and magazines and how a lot can be done with it. The possibilities of making such crafts out of paper so easily made the students realize that if they yearn to learn, they can achieve many a thing. They also learnt that by making these crafts out of paper, they were not only being environmental-friendly, but creating beautiful, convenient art work which could serve as a wonderful gift for dear and near ones. Siri Ravikumar

stories of people from the audience, who willingly come forward and share their personal experiences. The course is meant not only for students, but is also open to the lecturers and various faculties of Christ University. From an educational point of view, the shows are highly creative, intellectual, informative and meant for one’s personal development. The key goal behind the workshop is to use theatre as a forum in order to make education more interesting and interactive.

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS The talk also brought some aspects of this conflict and the influence of an anthropocentric approach towards nature .To provide a contrast an analysis of a couple of stories collected from pagan communities was attempted, which lead to many ethical questions being raised. The students were immensely benefited from this talk as the horizons of their minds were further widened. The students appreciated the inceptions of such enlightening talks thereby making them very enthusiastic about such events. Its rightly said that Christ university garners the all round growth of an individual starting from acdemics. -Pearl Edmund

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Dristi is the team, which is a part of

CSA (centre for social action) deals with social issues in an action oriented manner through street play. Second MS comm. Student singam pandu leads the team dristi with 15 members.Dristi did a campaign on 16th June for the freshers as an invitation for their team. The campaigning contained the street play about anti smoking, anti plastic, save fuel and water.The street play of dristi is not only performed inside the campus but also in different slums every Saturday. The team also performs in rural areas and shopping malls in the city.In campus, dristi team is more famous than the other teams. Dristi is the place where we can see


the real talents based on action ori entation.The powerful words, script and action of the dristi team attracts the audience. The next project of the dristi team is based on “hunger” which is going to be performed at the slums and rural areas. Dristi team contains the talented set of young guns and according to their dictionary “Dristi means unity”. Dristi’s team spirit works more than their action.Dristi makes a platform for the young talents to build and improve their talents. Dristi team invites fresher’s through this article to join their team. To join dristi, contact pandu (2nd MS Comm.) Syed Mustafa

New Age Expereinces in classes


Book Review

Games Hour Besides

Platters Eating takes place in a context of en-

vironmental stimuli known as ambience. Various external factors such as social and physical surroundings including the presence of other people and sound, temperature and so on. For example would one like to go to a place which is dingy irrespective of the fact that they serve delicious food. The point is that ambience and food go hand in hand. The food when presented in an appealing way just acts like an appetizer, there by accentuating our taste buds. An individual cannot refrain himself / herself from the deadly combination of good food and good ambience. It is as simple as that for instance when we wear an expensive dress to a party but fail to carry it; it just nullifies the effect of that dress. In order to enhance the culinary, entrepreneurship and creative ability of these students, the BHM department of Christ University had come up with an event called “Theme Restaurants” on the 2nd of July. Students of BHM were divided into 5 groups each having their own distinctive theme. The groups were as follows “TERRA FERMA” who’s theme is eco friendly , the food was completely organic, with minimal use of plastic and other non-bio degradable substances.Second came ”TOUCH OF PARADISE” which was a tropical themed restaurant. Third was ” THE PIRATES OF HARBOURS” which would cater to an exotic sea food experience. Fourth was “THE GRAPEVINE” in which one could quench one’s soul with wine and cheese .And the last group was the “HUNTERS HUNT” which displayed the whole of the barbeque theme.So Christites I hope you had the time of your life exploring your taste buds with a myriad of cuisine and ambiences which took your heart away.

Trans Talkies is an initiative by the

MS in Communication students. It was launched on 10th July 2009. Transtalkies takes place every Friday from 2pm. It aims at screening timeless classics of world and Indian cinema created by ageless directors and make students analyze their works and look at it from diverse angles.On the 1st of July, the first Ms Communication students screened a French influential film “Breathless”, directed by Jean-Luc Godard.The movie stares Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. Godard’s Breathless is a

rebellious film that lay the groundwork for superior films to be created in its stead. The movie was screened in the first Ms Communication class, in the auditorium block of Christ University .The Chief Guest for the event was Ms Mallika Krishnaswami, Head of the language department and a French Teacher who interacted with the students after the screening was over and shared her points about the movie. Fr .Biju ,Ms Aasita Bali were also present during the event. LeenaPhilip


the rigorous study routine we go through, we do have a light and fulfilled activities in Christ University which gives us ample time to freshen up our minds and go into a fun and frolic spree. One such day was 30th June that is last week we had this session where in there was an interaction among the seniors and juniors. It brought out the camaraderie. The activity “Dog And The Bone” was played. An object is placed in a small circle and there are two teams fighting for the same .The opponents try to grab the bone as their numbers are called, representatives from each team try their luck and whoever grabs the bone first wins. It was a warm sunny afternoon and there was a lot of excitement and uproar among the seniors as well as the juniors as we were led to the playground by Fr. Biju . Keval from the senior team conducted the game and his enthusiasm and high spirit was contagious. The game started as seniors outdoing the juniors, but in the end, the juniors won the game. Though it was a fun filled activity and hilarious to watch our batch mates fight for the bone, this activity taught us time management, participation and to involvement in whatever we do in Christ college and its importance in reaching our goal. Alankrita Jain


The basket ball court and the tennis

courts were inaugurated on July 2, 2011 by Pro Vice Chancellor Father Abraham and the Dean of Arts, John Kennedy. It was followed by a match between The Karnataka junior team (under 18) and the Christ university boys’ team. The Christ University won the match by 12 points ahead of the latter with the scores being 36 and 24.

Pearl Edmund

A Tennis match was played by Mr.John Kennedy and Father, to mark the start of tennis court. Rox Anna, a student of 3rd BA expressed her happiness and also her relief. “ I am glad that we have two courts now, we have enough place to practice, it is a very good decision” she says.


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Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a fictional tale of the unlikeliest of friends: the son of a Nazi commandant and a Jewish concentration camp inmate. Written by John Boyne.The novel, set in Nazi Germany, begins when nine-year-old Bruno and his family must move from their lovely home in Berlin to a new house in an unfamiliar place called “Out-With.” Tempted to explore his new environment, Bruno is told that there are certain places that are “Out Of Bounds At All Times And No Exceptions.” Unable to fight his adventuresome spirit, however, Bruno ventures forth into the unknown one afternoon.Bruno comes upon a fence that he follows until he sees a young boy sitting on the other side of the fence. The shoeless boy is wearing striped pajamas and a cloth cap. Bruno also notices that the boy is wearing an armband with a star on it. Bruno makes fast friends with the boy, Shmuel, and they quickly discover that they share the same birthday. The boys discuss their families and where they are from. At the end of their first meeting, Bruno asks Shmuel why there are so many people on his side of the fence and what they are doing there. Bruno continues to explore the woods near his house and often finds himself at the fence spending


time with Shmuel. Shmuel confides in Bruno that he is unable to find his father and he is worried. Bruno vows to help Shmuel look for his father; to that end, Shmuel promises to get Bruno some pajamas so that he will blend in on his side of the fence. One fateful day, Bruno sheds his clothes, dons the pajamas, and sneaks onto Shmuel’s side of the fence. As the boys search for Shmuel’s father, the soldiers herd the prisoners, Bruno among them, into the gas chambers where they meet their untimely death hand in hand. Pearl Edmund


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Video Review : “Children of Heaven” Children of heaven, is a Persian Film directed by Majid Majidi in 1997. It has an oscar nomination and an 8.1 rating. This Film takes us on an adventurous trip with comedy and drama involved in it. A young boy accidentally loses the shoes of his younger sister. Due to a lack of family resources, they are unable to buy another pair for the girl, and both siblings end up sharing a pair of shoes, until the brother finds a way to acquire a new pair of shoes. Children of Heaven shares several traits with other Iranian movies: a gentle, relaxed style, an almost-poetic fascination with basic images (such as fish swimming in a pool), and the use of numerous, seemingly unimportant anecdotes to build a larger emotional picture. Children of Heaven, isn’t about Zahra’s lost shoes, Dad’s difficulty finding work, or Ali’s placement in the race. It’s about how those things define one family, and why the characters make worthwhile companions for 90 minutes of our time. There’s certainly nothing epic about Majidi’s narrative, but sometimes, as in Children of Heaven, an inconsequential and intimate story can provide a satisfying emotional payoff not the least of which is its inherent sweetness. Unlike many American movie kids, Ali and Zahra truly care for one another. There are a number of reasons to like Children of Heaven, another. Ali is deeply upset about losing the shoes, and the two siblings work together to find a solution without placing an additional financial burden upon their beleaguered parents. There are a number of reasons to like Children of Heaven, another. Ali is deeply upset about losing the shoes, and the two siblings work together

to find a solution without placing an additional financial burden upon their beleaguered parents. Seeing the film in North America also offers the fascination of looking through a window at a different culture and recognizing that it’s not fundamentally different from our own. The dream, as voiced by Ali’s father, is certainly the same: “We’re going to have a better life. We’re going to buy everything.” And the climactic foot race contains more genuine suspense than 90% of all movie-sporting events because we don’t know what’s going to happen. The film’s single weakness is the central conceit, which seems contrived. There’s a sense of falseness in the way Ali loses his sister’s shoes - a few too many coincidences occur for the viewer to miss the screenwriter’s hand at work. Ironically, the awkwardness with which Majidi starts out his tale stands out only because the majority of the movie is so carefully constructed. In a big, flashy, Hollywood-style production, this kind of mistake wouldn’t be noticed, but, in such a low-key picture, it calls attention to itself. Sai Anitha Ramesh

Delhi University Chaos Delhi University fixed their cut of percent for 100; university in the country capital has become so strict it’s really hard for the people staying in the northern India. As a result of this they are forced to come towards the south, as a whole south India is better for any kind of education due to this they are many people migrate from north to south every year. But being a university it should not consider the percent of the student and his bookish knowledge to give the admission but his talent will matters.Taking 100% clever students and graduating them with the highest percent is not the great thing but as an educational institution is con-

sidered its duty is to bring up the students who lag behind in their studies. Graduation is the field where student will decide his carrier, till his puc/+2 he will be studying forcibly just for the +2 qualification. Whereas when he is going for graduation he will be free to choose his subjects and can do honors in that particular subject, at this turning point so fixing the high cut off percentage can be a barricade for them. As when we visit to the university website we can see many people begging for their admission. But as an education institution it should consider student life more than their university reputation. People who are financially strong can afford going some other university and performing their degree but what about the people who are below poverty level? There are many examples that the financially poor children getting good marks and how can one expect to get 100% marks? The big question in students mind can be this “students took 100% and got admission will maintain the same percent when they are out”. So it’s better the government of India to take the required measures and see to it that the education reaches all. Sandesh

OBT Out Bound Training for the first year Ms in Communication will be conducted on the 18th ,19th and 20th of september. It is a three day tour or the students to overcome their fears and face all the challenging situations that are put across to them. The students will also be accompanied by their teachers .It is complusory for the students to be a part of this tour as it is an academic initiative by the Department of Media Studies,Christ University. Leena Philip

NGO Experience The experience of working in a nongovernmental organisation contributed a lot in my learning as a student of Communication. This gave me the opportunity to think and act simultaneously for people who belong

JULY 7, 2011 to deprived strata of the society. It was always in my mind to work for children so I had to start searching for an NGO which was concerned or dealt with activities related to the welfare of children. After some initial search I came across the NGO called Child Fund Association. I was told about w h a t duties would be there for me before joining and it was varied starting from teaching to office work to some extent. It all started with meeting with the in charge of the organisation. The organisation is for children who are orphans or are single parent child and do not have the facilities of a life like other children. But most of the orphans there were girls contrary to it having orphans which included girls and boys as well. This NGO provides basic needs of food, clothing andshelter as well as education in schools. The children belonged to different age groups so it was very important to me to divide them into groups to avoid confusion. Mary Issac, the supervisor of the organisation helped me in getting introduced to the children. The first week mainly consisted of painting some walls inside the organisation which would look colourful and creative. These paintings on the walls were a very tedious job to complete and had to be worked on through four weeks no matter what my other works were. The time had to be allocated separately for these paintings. From the first week it the paintings had to be worked on with the children belonging from the seventh to eighth standard and a craftwork was to be made with the children belonging to a lower age group. It was Collage work I had to do for the NGO but it had to be done with the

children actively involved in it. But from the second week I had to teach keyboard to some children and some basic tunes like Jingle Bells for occasions. The third week was mostly revolved around some research on the organisation and keeping a record of the facilities like food and space which h a d considerably i m proved o v e r t h e years. But this week a l s o w a s important for me as some children had showed interest in photography and I showed them some basics of framing and gave some notes on what I know about the art of photography. In the fourth week I had to complete the artwork on the fourth wall the layout of which was given but it was totally based on measurement so it took time and the active support of people who were there also helped me to finish the work as planned. This was followed by making of a classical dance video. The media’s responsibility in these matters is to highlight the problems faced by an Ngo in terms of finance and draw enthusiasts who would like to contribute for the welfare of the deprived being facilitated by these organisations. The social responsibility in my work was to imbibe in the children learning on subjects I know best and what was required of me from the organisation so that they can always practice and make a living through these learning if and when required. Even the video of the classical dance would draw enthusiasm from the investors to invest on this organisation so that these talented people can have the help they require to prosper in future without having the fortune of having a family from childhood. SAMRAT DEY II MS COMMUNICATION

Culture Blend.


University not only has its gates opened for the Indian students ,but for students all over the world. The University has students from various parts of the world walking around he campus exploring the beauty if his new place .International students are provided all the chance and facilities to study in this University and blend with our culture. We have students from all over the globe.The University has Office of International Affairs (OIAS) , located in the 3rd floor of the Auditorium block which works for their welfare and also looks into the matters and issues of fees, academics and personal issues etc.I am glad to have come here. I was initially scared of the people here as they looked aggressive and was uncertain how to mingle, but later I realized that students in Christ University are well mannered.” said Inshuzzla Mahamod ,an Iranian student pursuing his BBA here.“It feels at home here ,they provide all the facilities and the crowd out here seems so approachable and friendly, I love the campus culture here and so did my parents ,they felt that Christ University plays the best host to its international students .” says Makenzom Rapfeal , a citizen of the USA pursuing her Master in Psychology here. The University also provide Indian experience for the Foreign students ,through the India Gateway Program. This program that gives a crash ‘India experience’ to interested visitors. The experience will include a combination of historical site visits, contact classes about Indian economy and culture, visit to industries, dance and cultural programs, panel discussions and many more. Few of the activities that takes place for them inorder to get the experience are Visit to prominent industries ,Bangalore site seeing tours ,visit to temples and gurudwaras , classes on Indian culture, tradition, society, economy, politics & journalism ,Cultural programmes - Indian dances, music and theatre , panel discussion can be arranged on topics like: India - Emerging Economy, Globalization and Outsourcing and so on. Leena Philip

JULY 7, 2011


Centre for Social Action is a Stu-

dents’ Movement, for a Humane and Just Society with Child as the Focus. It was formed in order to coordinate social sensitization programs targeted at the students and also implement service programmes for the marginalized children and their communities. Activity centre team of Christ University works on the education of poor children, sponsorship and teaching of their overall holistic development. This team is a part of the CSA (centre for social ac-

dent community of Christ University, there are a few individuals and corporate companies that help financially. The volunteers take turns visit in batches to conduct the activity every day in the evening.They support the children in academics with particular focus on spoken English, creative skills, mathematics, science and language (Hindi, Kannada). Anyone can sponsor these children by the cost of 3000 rupees per year, by visiting ‘Get involved’ – ‘Sponsor a child’ page on Christ website. If you would like to volunteer for Activity Centre, please visit ‘Get involved-Volunteer page of the Christ University website.

Coffee with CSA

tion) at Christ University.‘Educate a child’ is a very unique and an inspiring programme, where the student community of Christ University sponsors education to poor children from urban slum. This program began in 1999, through a small initiative sponsorship by the Christ university students for 50 children in Rajendra slum. Every year students sponsor 350 poor children and it has expanded to more slums like L.R Nagar, Janakiram Nagar layout. The children of the rural slums are also supported with school fees, books, uniforms, bags, and other stationeries for their education. They also access services for their overall holistic developments such as workshops for personality, leadership skills and creative skill development. Health camps, Talent shows, Excursions and sports competitions are conducted. They also taking care of their health related problems. Besides the stu-

CSA also conducts a discussion every week called “chatting over a coffee”. The main aim of the activity is to create awareness amongst people and broaden their thinking through discussions. On Wednesday 29th June the topic discussed was “Right or no Right but liability?” The students present there spoke about all kinds of issues concerning today’s world. The discussion boiled down to the freedom of expression and largely discussed one’s right to do what one feels like. It focused on the controversial painting of M F Hussain’s “Bharat Mata”. The group had a mixed response while some strongly believed that it offended the people and it was a wrong interpretation and some believed that it was his perspective and he should be allowed to do so. Later the discussion shifted to corruption and the Anna Hazare’s movement. And raised questions as to who was accountable for all the ‘mess’ created.Navendu Rashmi, a volunteer at CSA said that this program is solely for interaction with an aim to sensitize students to the issues affecting the country and to create awareness. “Chatting over coffee” is held every Wednesdays in the ‘Island’ at 4pm. It is open to all.



WHERE: Christ University


DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA STUDIES FACULTY IN-CHARGE: MR. SREE HARI & MS. SUPARNA NARESH EDITORIAL TEAM: CHIEF EDITOR: Siri Ravikumar SUB- EDITORS: Pearl Edmund, Abishek Mahapatra, Sandesh, Alankrita .DESIGNING TEAM: Sai Anitha Ramesh, Leena Philip. PHOTOGRAPHERS: Sharan, Syed Musthafa.

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ance between these two thoughts. He concluded his talk by expressing his want to treat folklore as culture studies. Prof Krishnaswamy is pre...