Christ University Theatre
– Above the Ordinary
Christ University Theatre’s Baptizer Festival in Bangalore – unique across all of India - hosted more than fifty-five teams, which performed for over fifteen hours this past February. It was a memorable moment for teams from across the country and across Christ University to create the magic of theatre.
Collaborative effort, creativity, coordinated organizing, willing volunteers, breathtaking moments, varied emotions, enthusiastic audience, encouraging faculty members, supporting staff – all led by an open hearted visionary management led by Father Thomas and Father Varghese. Many things made the Blossoms finals and Baptizer Festival in 2014 a huge occasion for the University.
The Theatre-in-Education Department with the grace of God guiding the event, the success of the theatre events were due to the untiring effort of innumerable people. More than a hundred performers from across the country participated in the festival, presented in a Shudh Desi Style with an introduction to In-Bloom 2014.
Uma Sugantharaj, with Mohammed Arif ensured that the festival moved in the right direction. Student leaders, Sowmyashree from Deanery of Science. and Manish from Deanery of Commerce led the organizing team from the invitation day to the festive celebrations. The ever-willing support of Mr. Bhaskar and SWO team, Christ University Theatre was blessed with trained cheerful volunteers for every task including management student Nithin’s warm managerial skills, and the Krishna Bhat-led student team of photographers captured many unique theatrical moments as a photographic memoir of the Theatre Festival.
Judges Rakshith, Anitha, Upendra, Ronak and Anne ensured that the unique format of theatre which Christ University stands for was promoted during the Festival of Excellence and Service.
One of the highlights of the year’s festival was a curtain raiser performance and workshop for the organizing team by American actor, Ronald Rand, a visiting guest professor and international performing artist, he is the author of the best-selling book - "Acting Teachers of America" - the most comprehensive book ever published in America with a hundred of today's most influential acting teachers in the U.S. within its pages.
Another highlight of the Festival was a mime performance at the Valedictory function by Marcus Schmid, who had studied the art of mime with Marcel Marceau in Paris. Marcel Marceau, regarded for his peerless style pantomime, moved audiences without uttering a single word, and was known to the World as a ‘master of silence.”
Mr. Schmid, founder of his own company and conceptualized shows, uses shadows, acrobatics, sculpture and manipulation of objects to create his unique art. In 2003, he created “Le Coeur Suspendu,” which won him the “Grand Prix” of the international festival of mine of Perigueux-Mimos-France. He was invited by Christ University Theatre as part of its Theatre Capital/Helen O’Grady Theatre Movement in schools.
Christ University Theatre’s Baptizer Festival has been an attempt to create a format of theatre intervention which combines interested and willing students from across deaneries of the University to create a standard known as Christ University Theatre’s Above the Ordinary.•