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Friday , December 14 , 2012
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A moment from the play where the actors form a human clock to show the passage of time

It was reunion time for the sociology department of Maulana Azad College on Saturday, December 8. Titled Encounter, the event was revived after a gap of nearly 15 years. And what better way to get together with old pals than over dance, drama and music, performed by the current students of the department! The main attraction was Artists Out Loud, a youth performing arts group, which staged their street play Orao Banchte Chaye, highlighting the dangers of child labour on young minds.

The plot revolved around little Pocha (rotten) whose name is not far from the harsh reality he lives in. Orphaned at a young age, he soon realises that society doesn’t have much time for the likes of him. Pocha’s dream is to get an education but it seems, for this boy, that basic right will remain a pipedream. Rajarshi Roy and Anupam Chakravarty, both from South City College, played the roles of Pocha and the school principal who denies Pocha admission.

“I want to thank Maulana Azad College for letting us perform on such a sensitive issue that plagues our society,” said script writer Arit Mazumdar, a student of Asutosh College. The play’s director, Abhishek Bhattacharyya of the Future Institute of Engineering and Management, added: “It was a moment of pride seeing everyone applauding the way they did. We would love to come back here to perform.”