School students enact a scene from a play during the contest at Shilpgram on Friday. Picture by UB Photos
Jan. 4: Schoolteacher and veteran actor Nipon Goswami today said the introduction of a course on performing arts in Gauhati University would provide direction to children in taking forward the culture of the state.
Goswami, who inaugurated a one-act play competition among city schools at Shilpgram this morning, said he had even requested a former vice-chancellor to start the course long ago but in vain.
“It would be great for the children and young citizens of the state if the university opened a course on performing arts,” he said.
Jonali Das, the principal of Modern English School, the organiser of the completion, said if the Gauhati University opened a course on theatre, the youths of the state would get an opportunity to know more about drama.
The state government and the education department have a lot to do in this regard.
The one-act play competition was organised by the Modern English School at Kahilipara. Five schools participated in the competition in Assamese and English.
According to the organisers, this was the first one-act play competition among city schools.
The five schools, which participated in the competition, were Modern English School, Gurukul Grammar Senior Secondary School, Maria’s Montessori, Godwins School and South Point School.
Regional officer of CBSE’s Northeast zone said the competition was not a mere act of staging a play but also a learning process for the students.
Modern English School, South Point School and Godwins School were selected first, second and third best teams of the competition for their plays Exomoyot Eyat Manuh Asil (Once upon a time there were men here), Akou Bhul Nokoru (I will not repeat the mistake) and Jordogo Rojar Upakhyan (The story of the King Jordogo).
Bipul Rajbonshi from South Point School was named the best actor, Priyanka Saikia from Modern English School was best actress, Nishanta Basumatary from Godwins School was named best supporting actor and Phameino from Maria’s Public School was best supporting actress.
The judges’ special award went to Himakshi Borah and Hirakjyoti Deka from Godwins School. Rajib Kro, teacher of Modern English School got the best director prize while Bhagirath Kalita from South Point School received the best scriptwriter prize.
Bipul, a Class VI student, said he was very happy to be named best actor. “I played the role of a domestic help. We prepared at least five days to participate in the competition,” he said.
Director of Modern English School, Pankaj Das, said they would organise another competition in November.