CHENNAI: As part of its annual practice, The School - Krishnamurthy Foundation of India held its 25th Festival of Drama and Dialogue recently. The event saw participation of students from various schools.
This year, the theme of the festival was ‘Social awareness’. Students from Avvai Home for orphans performed a play on poli saamiyar or fake godmen. Their performance was a mix of reality, fiction and humour. It garnered a huge round of applause from everyone.
“Today, a lot of criminals pose as godmen. It is important for people to know that many fake godmen exist in the country,” said R Shruthi, a student of Avvai Home. “So we decided to perform a skit on this,” she added.
TI Matriculation School presented a skit on addiction to social media. In the play titled ‘I am sorry’, the students showed what extreme addiction to gaming and social media can lead to. While they attempted to convey an important message, the theme drew flak among a few in the audience who refused to accept that addiction to gaming can be fatal.
Inspired by the recent Tamil flick Kaaka Muttai, students from Saraswati Vidya Mandir presented a play titled Dinosaur Muttai. The play revolved around four students who are told by a friend about a giant golden dinosaur egg hidden in the city.
Tempted by the prospect of getting rich and famous, the students begin to search for it, only to find that the golden egg was actually a football. “The moral of our story was that greed can never lead to any good. So we tried and presented it that way,” said a student from the school.
An interactive session was organised at the end of the performances. This was followed by a one-hour workshop on acting by Varun Iyer from the National School of Drama. “The students were very enthusiastic about acting and knowing the nuances involved in it. I hope they pursue their interests and do great in the years to come,” said Varun.