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Top class: The Frank Anthony School band at Scholastic Beats

The final act of the inter-school Western music competition, Scholastic Beats 2006 ' Kiska Band Bajega, was held at Kala Mandir on July 8, 2006, with some quality music being played by the five qualifying schools. The hostess for the evening, RJ Rai, mesmerised the audience with Take it easy, which was followed by the performance by the school bands.

Trophies for the best band and the best vocalist (Ishita Chackravarty) were both bagged by Frank Anthony Public School. They rocked the crowd with My immortal, Zombie and a medley of Fear of the dark and Sweet child of mine. Adil Hafiz of St Thomas' won the prize for best instrumentalist, while M.P. Birla was the runner-up. Nondon Bagchi (Hip Pocket), Gaurav Chatterjee (Lakkhichhara) and DJ Sushant Sethi judged the event. The show came to an end with a mind-blowing performance by Hip Pocket.

Acting weds animation

On June 27, students of The Academy of Animation Arts and Technology attended the final of the 18 acting workshops conducted by theatre guru Jayoti Bose. In those 18 classes, we were taught the basics of acting ' emotions, bonding with the audience, character analysis and body language. These classes helped us interpret the reason behind every action and recreate that on stage.

In an interactive session, we were taken through the nuances of the relationship between acting and animating. In both, we visualise the action or the character. The only difference is that while in acting we have to enact the character and feel and portray the emotions ourselves, in animation, we create the characters and the story, feel the emotions, but make our cartoon characters perform with the help of our imagination and drawings. It was truly a fascinating and learning experience.

Rini Dey, final year student, classical animation, The Academy of Animation Arts and Technology

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