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Sunburn Campus

RedX hosted the 2018 iteration of the annual Sunburn Campus concert on the 20th of January at the MIT Hockey Ground. With the line up featuring EDM artists DJ Shaan and Siana Catherine, it was definitely a night to remember. The concert drew students from institutions all over Manipal.

Students started streaming into the MIT hockey ground early in the evening to secure a spot right in front of the stage, closest to the artists. The venue was adroitly set up to resemble an actual Sunburn concert. The event drew hundreds of students, all pumped to dance the night away. Food stalls were placed strategically near the entrance of the venue to cater to the appetites of the audience.

The concert started around 7 p.m. and continued for 3 hours, during the course of which the crowd was mesmerized by the artists. They were talented and had the entire place throbbing with energy. Many popular numbers were played and the crowd loved every moment of the concert. DJ Shaan also gave out boxes of pizza and shirts to the audience.

It was evident that a lot of hard work was involved in ensuring that Sunburn Campus was an absolute hit. From selling tickets at info desks to staying up all night long to work on publicity strategies, everything had been meticulously planned out. The artists also loved the audience and seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed putting up a show. With university always bringing a massive amount of stress, Sunburn Campus 2018 was definitely a much needed breather.




And Then There Were None

‘And Then There Were None’ brought a whiff of mystery to the Manipal theater scene. Staged at the Syndicate Golden Jubilee Hall, the play was a take on the timeless Agatha Christie bestseller by the same name. With a full house of guests attending the play, Aaina Dramatics received a well-deserved standing ovation for their production.

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Putting forth a play based on such an acclaimed novel is not an easy task. Aaina has always set the bar for dramatics high, and they definitely met the expectations of every person in the audience. It showed that a great deal of effort had gone into the production of the play. From the actors’ stellar performances to the backdrops, everything looked to have been meticulously taken care of.

The play begins with a couple being anonymously appointed by a Mr and Mrs Owen as housekeepers for their lavish mansion on a secluded island. Eight people with seemingly no connections are rendezvoused on to the island by Mr and Mrs Owen, who themselves are not present. The confusion starts creeping in when they realize that although each one of them had been invited on to the island with a customized invitation, none of them actually knew the Owens. Things quickly take a sinister turn as one of the guests is killed. It is then revealed that each one of the ten people present is accused of being a murderer. The gripping story unravelled with the guests starting to die one after the other in sync with the rhyme ‘Ten Little Soldiers’. With nobody else on the island with them, the quest is now to find the killer amidst themselves.

Image courtesy: The Photography Club, Manipal

The play had everyone gnawing at their fingernails as each death created waves of tension amongst the audience. When the killer was brought to light the auditorium erupted into screams of awe, everything falling into place like the final piece of a puzzle.

With the story set in Plymouth, it is remarkable that some of the actors managed to pull off a spot-on accent. Anvesh Badamikar definitely deserves a special mention for his brilliant performance as Justice Lawrence Wargrave. To quote Suryansh Mishra, president of Aaina dramatics and a director of the play, “We have witnessed various plays on various genres, but no one had really captured the essence of mystery. Which is why this year we decided to incorporate it. We specifically chose ‘And Then There Were None’ because each one of the ten people were equally important and had their own story.”

The mystery element of the novel was alluringly captured and had all eyes glued to the stage. The actors were truly able to make a connection with the audience, skillfully embodying the characters of the novel. To bring an Agatha Christie novel to life is a commendable job, which Aaina Dramatics pulled off with aplomb.




Great Britain: Magical enough without Harry Potter

Something as simple as a stroll through narrow streets and alleyways is sufficient to make one realise that Great Britain is strikingly different from the various countries around the world. With archaic buildings looming over the numerous people thronging London’s streets, the walls of the city speak of a regal era—an era long gone, but survived through the regal architecture and lifestyle of London. 

Windsor Castle, Berkshire

The British Isles are known for their rich christian heritage, with churches like the St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. One tends to feel overwhelmed by the fact that the monarchs of the thirteenth century walked these halls and fostered the Renaissance from these rooms. The walls are decorated with beautiful mosaics, and a glance towards the Heavens make one realise that the ceilings are adorned with murals which relate the tales of transient times. Accounts of the life and death of almost every monarch have been preserved and documented in Westminster Abbey. The Abbey is also home to the Coronation Chair, which has served the Kingdom for almost seven hundred years, and still stands strong. Besides its royal heritage, Westminster Abbey is the resting place for a number of literary and scientific masterminds of the Renaissance era.

The guardian ravens of the Tower of London greet every tourist who enters the monument. According to an ancient prophecy, if the ravens were to leave the Tower of London, the British Kingdom would fall. Safe to say, the ravens have been permanent residents of the Tower for quite a while, and are well-guarded. The Tower had also served as the site for scheduled executions and is infamous for being the place where Anne Boleyn met her end. The Tower of London is also home to the globally acclaimed Kohinoor diamond. Needless to say, the security guards of the Tower have their task cut out.

Stonehenge

The cobblestone streets of Bath, swamped by row houses, emanate vibes strong enough to win over even the most stringent modernists. Stonehenge is the most popular tourist attraction in this region. The fact that the site was constructed in the pre-historic era as a sundial speaks volumes about the intellect of our ancestors. Besides being an invaluable piece of history, the Stonehenge also signifies an important technological advancement. 

Whiskey Distillery in Glengoyne, Scotland

The landscape changes drastically from England to Scotland—the plains with dense infrastructure transform into lush highlands. The architecture also undergoes a change to adopt a slightly Gothic style. The city of Glasgow is designed such that the buildings are constructed wall-to-wall—ensuring that the city could accommodate the population spurt due to the Industrial Revolution. The Edinburgh Castle was home to Mary Queen of Scots—one of the most memorable queens of England and mother to King James I, who went on to become the first king of Scotland and England in 1567. It is a colossal stone castle that has been restored and preserved in pristine condition. It overlooks the city of Edinburgh, presenting one with a stunning view of picturesque buildings, rooftops and city squares.

The culture shift from one island to another is very intriguing. Despite the recent political turmoil in the country, it still remains a popular tourist destination. Great Britain’s beauty is almost ironical—because even though it may have been one of the hotbeds of the Industrial and Scientific Revolution, a journey through these islands is nothing short of a magical experience.