You Love Who You Love—Bade Miyaan Deewane by Aaina Dramatics

Aaina Dramatics presented its main production of the semester—Bade Miyaan Deewane on the 7th of April at the IC stairs. Revolving around an eccentric octogenarian who wishes to marry the same girl his son is in love with, the play was full of plot twists and great elements of humour.  The drama was a fine work of art as a romantic comedy and was well received by its large audience.

The act unveiled with a scene where Meer, one of the lead characters in his eighties, discussed his erratic state of mind with his servant Chilla. He seemed to be confused between the love of two ladies, Gulab and Heera and wishes to seek help from his friend, Shaukat, in the matter. As the plot unfolds, Suraiyya’s father, Sheikh, takes the stage with an aim in his mind. He asks Meer if he knows of any prospective groom for his daughter. To everyone’s surprise, Meer proposes his hand for the marriage giving rise to many instances of hilarity in the act.  As the drama progresses, the audience is given glimpses of the cunning nature of Shaukat who was initially portrayed to be a wise and benevolent man.

Shaukat formulates a plan to fulfil Meer’s wishes by convincing Sheikh to let his daughter tie the knot with Meer. Though, it turns out that Shaukat is the primary benefactor of this crafty idea. In the midst of this, it is revealed that Surraiya’s secret lover is none other than Tabish, Meer’s son. This led to a plot filled with punchlines and great humorous elements ending in an ultimate comic twist.

All the hard work that we put in paid off. The audience responded very well, and it is great to see the success of the play”, said Shivalika Chaudhary, who played the role of Heera.

The performance of the actors was excellent, and the fact that they made use of the entire area around IC stairs to keep the audience hooked was amazing”, said Saharsh Ranjan, a first-year student from the audience. The play left the audience in splits with its comic timing and was appreciated by everyone present there.

Image credits: The Photography Club, Manipal

Evolution of Language – Lingua 101

People all around the world converse in many different languages, yet we never stop to think how these languages came into being. ‘Lingua 101’, organised by Blank 101, presented a fun yet informative talk on the evolution of language, from its absolute beginning to its current status.

Picture Credits: Bushra Mamnoon

The talk began with the evolution of primal humans from being unable to speak to becoming capable of making basic sounds. Humans communicate in a highly advanced form of communication, or so we believe, whereas animal communication is mostly based on instinct. The speaker talked about how animals convey information to each other by means of certain actions. The same was delivered across with the help of examples such as bees notifying each other about the location of nectar by performing something similar to a dance.  He pointed out that animals such as dogs are known to have a heightened sense of communication, which makes them capable of perceiving emotions and learning to respond to commands.

The talk provided an interesting insight into sign languages and their varying interpretations in different countries. Most of the languages present today find their roots in older languages like Latin and Greek, whose origins were traced by the speaker. Next in line was the Internet’s role in modifying the English language, a topic that most of the audience members could relate to. This focused on how memes that internet users make, along with the style of writing adopted while sending text messages has greatly changed the language.

Picture Credits: Bushra Mamnoon

Another important aspect covered in this talk was the decline of many languages, especially those belonging to tribal communities. The inability to preserve these languages might result in the loss of the ethnic identities of a segment of society. Indian languages such as Sanskrit and Tamil, that have strong traditional ties, need to be preserved to maintain the cultural integrity of the nation.  The audience enjoyed the session as the speakers made it entertaining with the use of memes and humorous one-liners. Offering a new perspective to the basic task of communication that one usually takes for granted, Blank 101 managed to keep the audience invested throughout the talk.