The street theatre team aims at sensitizing people about different social issues through street plays staged both inside and outside the campus. While the English theatre team aims to spread awareness among the student community, the Kannada team takes the message to the rural areas.This year started with them campaigning in every class and getting a good response. On the Inauguration Day (8 July), a team, comprising only the 1st year students, performed 2 mimes on issues of civic awareness. This gave the new volunteers a platform for exploring their talents and also boosted their confidence. On the same day, they had a workshop by Mr. Anil Pinto (Dept. Media Studies), which gave them a good start.The teams are attending a workshop by Mr. Walter D’ Souza, a student of National School of Drama (NSD).
The workshop focuses on all major aspects of street theatre, including voice modulation, script writing, acting, scene building and team development. Currently, they’re working on two scripts – ‘Addiction’ by the English team and ‘AIDS’ by the Kannada team, to be ready for performance by the end of July.
- Vikas is an active wing of CSA, where students get to directly experience various social issues through exposure visits to NGOs. This year’s issues are:HIV-AIDS – ‘Care and Concern’Women – ‘Pain, Power & Persistence’De-Addiction – ‘They should overcome’Marginalized Children – ‘ Namma Makkalu’Disability .
On an exposure trip to Rajendra Nagar slum on 15 July, the volunteers interacted with the residents. A group among them interacted with children, while the other, with women and Self Help Groups (SHGs). The trip gave them valuable insights into life outside their own comfort zones.
- SAMVEDITHA is the wing of CSA, that concentrates on spreading awareness about social issues to students in different schools; encouraging and assisting them to form social clubs of their own. On 15 July, the team visited St. Mary’s school (having their own club aimed at social welfare) and took the students for a visit to Shishu Bhavan, an organization caring for differently abled children. The volunteers learnt the importance of love, care and patience in their interaction with them.
- RURAL EXPOSURE CAMPS camps are held for Christ College students in villages in the project areas of CSA. This helps them better understand harsh societal realities by interacting with the children, women and youth. On 15 July, a rural exposure camp was conducted for II PUC classes (II HESP & PPES), followed by another for I BHM students on 21 July.