When Expression Spoke More Than Words: Pantomime Orientation
Aug 07, 2017 | Niharika
With a new batch of freshmen staggering their paths into the NITR campus, various clubs have started having their Orientations and Inductions for the new academic session. The official Dramatics Club of NIT Rourkela, Pantomime had its Orientation on 3rd of August at LA-114. Their Orientation included a Street Play “Lajja” which was performed on the same day at LA Lawn. Having seen such an impressive performance of Pantomime, freshers made their way into LA-114 to know more about the club and its annual activities.
The street play “Lajja” kick started with a mimicry of Nana Patekar by Lapan Naik to entice the populace. The main theme of the plot revolved around Women Empowerment which showcased the various anguishes of women like Eve teasing, Acid attacks, Female Infanticide etc. in the modern society. Instead of consoling them, society blames the women for these issues. It received a lot of accolades from the NITR junta who contemplated on this grave issue.
This was followed by the Orientation program which started with the exhibition of a video. It included a clip of Pantomime’s Mime Act at BBA, on 15th August, 2016 which was based on the life of a soldier and a cricketer. Furthermore, it also included a video clip of their street play performance at IIT Kharagpur’s Spring Fest. Lapan Naik hosted the entire event and kept the audience on their toes with his rib-tickling jokes. The new students introduced themselves and expressed their interest to join the club. Some of them even came up and narrated their passionate tales for Dramatics.
A presentation was featured which formally introduced the club to the enthusiastic freshmen. It highlighted some of the notable achievements of the club at XIMB Bhubaneswar, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bombay. It also included the making of 20 street plays in 3 days for the “Swacch Bharat Abhiyan” campaign to spread the awareness about cleanliness and the importance of a hygienic environment.
To keep the students engrossed, few fun games were organized which included “Lighting Candles”, a signature game in the orientation of Pantomime club. The game was quite simple as one had to light maximum number of candles with a single matchstick out of 10 candles. Moreover, a fresher Rupesh Mahore performed a standup comedy and entertained everyone with his punches. Few situations were also given to the students and they performed accordingly which showcased their immense talent.
Finally, the seniors of the club told the students about their vision for the Pantomime Club and how they are closely knit as a family. A handful of dedicated and passionate members are required for the club who will devote their time towards the progress of the club. The event concluded with the invitation to the freshers for their induction which is to be held in the coming few days.
“It’s more than just us…. It’s a Family.”