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Shining Victory for SIAS in C-Zone

13 Apr

VEENA VP reports the joyous victories of SIAS students in 2014 C-Zone.

When the academic year fades away, SIAS family feels proud and honoured to think of the victorious moments in the 2014 C-Zone fest held at EMEA college, Kondotty. After the tiresome performances of three days till 4th February, 2014, when the SIAS team bid an abrupt goodbye to the fest – after an unfortunate violence from the part of certain groups in the hosting campus – the SIAS team stood fourth, with glittering victories in various items. The awards bagged for Hindi drama (First), English drama (Second) and Malayalam drama (Second) are real appreciations for the stagecraft and hard work of SIAS students.


A scene from Malayalam drama: Photo VM Sadique Ali

The most striking news was that Rashid (MA Islamic Studies) secured maximum points in off-stage items and became Sarga Prathibha. While Omar Mukthar M Sha (BBA) and Ferin (BCom) secured the best actor prizes in English drama, Reema (BCom) was awarded with the best actor female in Malayalam drama. After a tight contest in mono act competition, Swarga Varghese (MCJ) and Deepa (BSc Microbiology) shared the third prize in the item in which 75 students participated.

Talking about the off-stage items, Muhammed Yoonus (BA Economics) got second prize in ‘Kavyakeli’, Muhammed Rasheed (MA Islamic Studies) bagged first prize in Arabic Essay, Short Story and Versification. Fathima Mizha (BCA) and Haris Ameen (MCJ) obtained first prizes in the English story writing and Malayalam essay writing respectively. Abdul Rahman (MA Islamic Studies) and Hamid Unais (Bsc Food Technology) secured first prizes in the Arabic Elocution and English Elocution.

Akhila (Biotechnology) obtained third position in Hindi Elocution. Mufeedha (Microbiology) obtained first prize in Tamil Elocution. Akhil Das and team (Microbiology) secured second prize in Pookalam. Hamid Unais (Bsc Food Technology) and Shahazad Basheer (Bsc Food Technology) bagged second prize in debate competition. The students from Bsc Food Technology Raees and team got third prize for folk dance (Boys).

College chairman Basith extended sincere thanks to all the students for their sincere and dedicated participation in the background and foreground to bring home a fourth position in C Zone.

Jackson sir, the fine arts director is the one to be acknowledged for the continuous success of SAFI in CZone. His systematic work and visionary leadership were instrumental in the success of the team.

SIAS Finishes a Historic Third Place at C-Zone

8 Apr

MOHAMMED ANWAR appreciates the C-Zone winners and the participants.

Hafiz and party, First place, Pooram Kali

Hafiz and party, First place, Pooram Kali

Conducting literary and culture programmes in educational institutions will help to reduce tensions and stresses and it brings forth more love and understanding in an increasingly tensed ambience. School and College festivals are the most beautiful memories often students keep for ever. Creativity of the campus community is always unleashed during these days. The hill of SIAS cherishes with those memories, by creating history more heights: the heights of glory.

In Calicut University C-Zone arts festival held at PSMO college Thirurangadi (Stage items) and at University Campus (Off stage items) on Feb 5-12, this small self-financing college is full of happy achievements with a historic third place by participating in 90 competitions with 120 students.

Not a little thing

“We’ve got third place in three years of participation. It’s not a little thing that the students of this hut reach at an apex of success. This union is proud of it and it has taken initiative to shape the college to fly to great success.” Mr. Abdul Samad, Union Chairman of SIAS expresses his satisfaction. ‘The management has been very supportive; we hope it will give more care for tracing and training talents among the students,” added he.

Fine Arts advisor Jackson sir in the facilitation ceremony.

Fine Arts advisor Jackson sir in the facilitation ceremony.

Mr. Jackson K David, Fine Arts Advisor, is very enthusiastic about the glory peaks the campus has reached. His role has been very vital in organising various competitions on the campus and thus brining out talents in different fields. “Our students have written history. We only aimed at participating in the festival with maximum members in maximum items; our students were performed well and got an overall third place. I remember one of our students, Ms. Divyasree, IV Semester, BSc Biotechnology, who scored 15 points in offstage items. And we couldn’t have made our achievements in drama, without Noushad sir’s efforts. Nasru sir also contributed much. We had had a great team work of many teachers and students. It was wonderful,” he says.

Sabeeh E, Fine Arts Secretary of SIAS, is more than elated to put the campus on the victory stand of the C-Zone festivals. “More than 90 colleges participated in the Malappuram district zonal festival. We have got fifth position in stage items and second place in off-stage items. It’s a historical success and if we give more training to students we can see ourselves on top of the score board in next years”. The

Fine Arts Secretary Sabeeh.

Fine Arts Secretary Sabeeh.

college fine arts programme held on the campus was a good support to participants to reduce stage fright and to lift their confidence, believes Sabeeh. “For conducting such programmes many persons have supported. Jackson Sir helped so much. We are immensely thankful to him. Principal also encouraged students that the SIAS should represent C-Zone with positive attitude and have to excel to find success. And I cannot forget my classmates and friends from other classes. They were instrumental in every day of fine arts programme and C-zone arts festival”, says Sabeeh.

Mr. M. Noushad, Head of MCJ department, says the third position in the district level arts festival is a thing to celebrate. For him, arts festivals are a chance to collect new friends, through directing dramas in English, Hindi and Malayalam, with his colleague Mr. Nasrullah Khan. The dramas by SIAS have been applauded by viewers and judges alike. The English drama, an independent adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s epic play Peer Gynt, won the first place and the best actor for its lead actor Omer Muqtar M Shah, IISemester BBA. The Hindi drama stood third while the Malayalam team got A Grade with the best actress award for Reema Abdulnaser for her brilliant portrayal of a blind grandmother. “Usually, drama teams of various colleges make a lot of funds available and make the costume and settings luxurious with the help of professionals. We spend minimum on such things. Drama is basically actor-oriented; settings and other stuffs are needed to support the theme and the actors. They are secondary, we have got brilliant performers in all three plays. It was awesome to watch them on the stage; we would be equally happy even if the judges didn’t put them in the prize list,” says Noushad.

Reema, Best Actress, Malayalam drama

Reema, Best Actress, Malayalam drama

Pooram Kali was included in the competition list for the first time and the SIAS team, led by Hafiz, IV Semester BA Economics, won a fabulous first prize. The judges of Pooram Kali appreciated the original and zealous presentation of the team.

And more than the prizes, every participants of the arts festival utilized the opportunities to express their talents.  Staffs and students are appreciates each other, and the winners hosted at college with more gifts.         

Stage items

Omar Muqtar, Best Actor, English drama.

Omar Muqtar, Best Actor, English drama.

Pooram Kali, First place : Hafiz and Party

English Drama, First place – Omar Muqtar M Shah and team

English Drama, Best Actor – Omar Muqtar M Shah

Hindi Drama, Third place – Chinnu Paul and Party

Malayalam Drama, Best actress – Reema Abdul Nasar

Offstage items

Rangoli, First place – Athira P (Biotec),

Tamil Versification, Second place – Rejina AK

Tamil Essay, Second place – Rejina AK

English Versification, First place – Zainab Salih

Arabic Story Writing, First place – Muhammed Rasheed

Clay Modelling, Third place – Jasim Khan

Urdu Elocution, Third place – Abdurahiman

Tamil Elocution, Third place – Mufeeda

Malappuram Etches Memories of Youthful Art

19 Feb

ASHWIN KV NAMBOODIRI spends time in different venues of the 53rd Kerala State Youth Festival recently held in Malappuram. Photographs by SHAMNAS RAHMAN. 

she coversMalappuram: Leaving the rhythm and pace of a Pooram of arts, the curtain of Asia’s largest festival of youths fell here at Malappuram. When Kozhikode bagged the overall championship, the 53rd Kerala State School Youth Festival sowed seeds of hope for the next year to be held in Palakkad.

There was an umpteen number of performers: young artists from across the state, all with a zeal to triumph. As usual, many performances were clichéd. However, the seven days from January 14 – January 20, 2013, remain etched as shining and glorious visual feast to the land of Mappilas. The judges as well as the viewers from every nook and corner of the world were eagerly looking for outstanding performances of students from High school and Higher Secondary sections, particularly on 15 newly introduced items ranging from Mushara (Arabic poem recitation in which every competitor has to begin from the last letter of the previous line), dictionary making, Chavittu Naadakam etc. Obviously, Chavittu Nadakam, one of the oldest art forms, was the main highlight. A participation of 16 teams is undoubtedly a good start for this new entry. Almost all teams have put their best possible effort to recreate the charm of this historical art of the Latin Catholic clan.

Responsibility Re-defined:

Today, rules are being rewritten so that it is easy to break them. Here is an example from the main stage of the youth festival where the concept of responsibility is re-defined. Since plastic has become a main threat to our environment, the festival committee declared it waste-free environment, aiming cleanliness. But the message went wrong as it failed to make an effective implementation. At many places, boards were erected with a request to put the waste there. But, in the first day, no baskets or bins were kept beside the boards for the waste. No wonder, the people were in doubt if the organisers have seriously mistaken about the concept of waste disposal.

An important thing that the visitors from other parts of the State noticed was the etiquette of the people in Malappuram, particularly in a moral sense. The whole police force opined that they couldn’t find even a single misbehavior from the part of the Malappuram natives in the visuals captured on hidden cameras. Despite the uncertainties of various kinds, the hospitality of the people was deeply touched by many visitors.

Veils Lifted:

logoWalking through the different exhibitions set in the Kalolsavam venues in this year, one will feel really happy to realise that the veils of Malayalee’s ignorance are slowly being lifted, seeking new paths of enlightenment. Mathrubhumi daily exhibited a huge collection of their archives from their starting era and also paid salutes to their photojournalists by displaying their selected photos based on social issues.

Old is Gold:

A captivating smile of Mr. Beerankutti welcomed the visitors’ attention to his never-ending world of antique collections which ranged from the old Thaliyola and Quran scriptures to Nannangadis and coin collections. Gramaphones and other ancient articles were kept intact for the understanding of the new generation. His love and passion for such ‘originality’ even in his old age is a great inspiration to the visitors.

Innovative Ways of Education:

In this postmodern society with confusing theories and puzzling philosophies, the God’s own country’s Education Department is seeking new ways of thought in order to bring the students to the mainstream discussion platforms where they would feel confident and equipped to face an ever-changing global scenario or knowledge and wisdom. There was an undecorated hall, which simply invited everyone with an attractive board ‘Akathekku Varu’(Come inside). It was a new initiative that gained special attention among an endless number of exhibitions in the venue.

The initiative named Sarga Vedi was coordinated by Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan in support of Vidyarangam Kala Sahithya Vedi. Coordinators Mr. Rajesh and Mr. Somasundaram made it clear that the initiative aims at creating a platform for the students to respond to the happenings in the society through their creative writings as well as drawings. Apart from the objective of improving the creative skills and imaginative ability, the assessment of their creativity is done on five levels to evoke a competitive spirit among the students. The levels are class, school, block, district and state levels. Selected works from the block level competitions were displayed there; it included collections of short stories, poems, articles, essays etc. The coordinators merrily shared the happiness of the victory of the joint venture. It was really beautiful to see those excellent writings with artistic caliber, written by gifted young minds from 1000 panchayats in Kerala, becoming the center of attraction of the hall. The huge collection gave hope to the dawn of a new educated world, free from the darkness of ignorance.

hallEven though Malappuram was dipped in the sea of endless celebrations throughout the festival, we can’t deny the truth that there were several organisational deficiencies regarding the transportation facilities, food distribution and stage programs. Such issues often reduced the punch and flow of the over all festive mood.

However, when the dust is settled, what one remembers is the beauty and grace of those wonderful young artists from across Kerala who proved their talents, though in a cut-throat competition. The spirit often went unhealthy as the innumerable appeals suggested. A festival of hope and hospitality, a mela with unprecedented people’s participation, is now a sweet memory for the people of Malappuram as well as for everyone who witnessed it.





Our Voice on AIR!

15 Sep

AIR Kozhikode station: a view from outside

AYESHA JUMANA MALIGA recalls the experience at All India Radio where she recorded a 20 minutes programme with her friends.

It was a usual day in the college when I happened to notice a poster inviting interested students to participate in an English programme to be held in All India Radio (AIR).  All of a sudden, my mind went back to Marconi’s radio. I was excited as well as tensed to perform at a platform where all Indians would listen at the same time. It was a ‘Yuva Vani’ slot in English. We were given 20 minutes time to perform different programmes. We organised a series of programmes which included a western song, presentation of thoughts, group discussion, poem recitations, short stories and health tips.

I was given an opportunity to present a group discussion on ‘brain drain’. All of us had small rehearsals under the guidance of M. Noushad, HOD of MCJ Department.  At last the day for our radio programme was announced. All of our minds were filled with excitement and eagerness. We reached the AIR station in Kozhikode beach at 10 am and had rehearsals on the sea shore. By 11 am, we were all set and started our program. Salma, the student coordinator of the programme, monitored the session by her attractive anchoring. The programme started off with a sweet western song by Amritha, Amna and Akhila. The inspiring thought presented by Rony James and the group discussion by Akhil, Shiyana, Salam, Sahala, Neeliya and myself were nice but challenging. Fida gave some health tips to the audience; they were particularly about Monsoon diseases and their prevention. Farha and Sahla recited poems which were written by themselves. Mufeeda presented a short story in her quite dramatic style. The programme ended with the closing words of Salma.

Soon after the recording, all of us heard the recorded program from the studio, adjacent to the recording room. We were happy to know that broadcasting of our program would be on July 6th. As I was in hostel, I heard the program on the radio along with my friends though it was not very clear. However, we had clearly recorded versions from our friends the next day. It was a memorable day for us all.

Cross-Country: Noushad Stands Atop

21 Feb

Friends lifting Noushad

Anupama R

SIAS campus had the first cross-country race in its history in the last week. It was organised by the Students Union as part of the Annual Sports Day. Running nearly five kilometers is not a formidable task for a trained athlet. But, for beginners, it was. That too, in a hot afternoon, running through sloped and curved roads was tough. Nearly 50 students participted in the race. But only eight students were able to reach the finishing point. Noushad E.P, II Semester BA Economics, bagged the first prize. Muhsin K, II Semester BCOM, secured the second position and Saddique M.K, IV Semester BSC Biotechnology, got the third prize. The race started at Kakkove and ended at the front yard of the college.

”Our aim in conducting the cross-country race was to strengthen the physical stability of the students”, said Abdul Malik, General Captain of College Union. Noushad, finishing as the first, said: “I am participating for the first time in a cross-country race and the first prize bosts my confidence. It was a great experience”. He had a group of fellow-racers with good sportsmanspirit. “We all had a spirited moment during the race and we enjoyed a lot”, he added. A team of volunteers followed the racers in a first aid van. The winners were warmly welcomed by the students and staff. All together it gave a marvelous treat to the campus.

‘We Cycled 250 kms, for Six Days; it was Unforgettable’

24 Dec

Nine members sharing their experience about Koodankulam campaign


As part of a campaign against the Koodankulam Nuclear power plant project, nine members of SIAS Readers Forum cycled from Eranakulam to Thiruvananthapuram. CV SINIYA records their experiences.

SIAS: Nine youngsters from SIAS, riding their bicycles from Eranakulam to Thiruvananthapuram, with a message to pass to people. Riding 250 kilometers for six days was a great experience for them, with many activists around. They returned to the campus rejuvenated with political insight and enlightened with a freshness of spirit. Their participation in the campaign against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant, which will reportedly commission its first phase in the coming week, marked a golden feather in the history of student activism in SIAS.

The SIAS Readers Forum, who facilitated the participation of these students in the trip, organised a congratulatory meeting for the new activists. Muhammad Rishal , Mohammad Sadique P.K , Farhan, Famshad, Sameeh Ahammad, Muhammad Shaheen P , Shadil Muhammad, Nizar and Mohammad Anwer Sadique were the nine students who participated in the anti-nuclear road campaign organised by the Kerala State Anti-Nuclear Group. All of them are students of the IV Semester BCom. It was a spirited session when they shared their thoughts and experiences at a Readers Forum meeting on the campus. Their tireless cycling of more than 250 kilometers proved their dedication for a social cause and potential to be strong-willed leaders.

“This journey has influenced us a lot, this has prepared our minds to get involved in protests against any kind of social injustice,” said Muhammad Rishal. “We could meet and closely interact with wonderful people in this trip. Ours was the only campus who participated full time in the journey. We are immensely thankful to Nasrulla sir and the principal for giving us this opportunity”, said a visibly charged Anwer Sadique. “We slept in worship places like churches. We could understand how people of other faiths live and think. It was unforgettable,” said Farhan. “One of the interesting things was that we could understand the difference of people’s character and attitudes in different places, as we kept moving and meeting people. Some of them mocked us, as they didn’t realise the seriousness of the issue. To be frank, when we joined the trip, we also didn’t know the gravity of Koodanmkulam issue,” said Nizar. “We have cycled 250 kilometers. It was great. Some of our bicycles often got damaged. We repaired and continued the trip. Initially, we had doubted that if we will be able to complete it properly. Now we are confident that we can ride much larger distances if there is a cause and goal,” said Famshad.

Shahida, I Semester MCJ, gave a brief description about the Koodankulam nuclear power plant project. Reader Forum Convener Mansoor O.P, IV Semester BBA, welcomed the gathering. Basim, UUC, and M. Noushad, HOD MCJ Department, addressed the gathering. The Readers Forum Secretary Amna, II Semester BSC Biotechnology, proposed vote of thanks.

SIAS Finishes Seventh at C-zone

24 Dec

Noushad in Malayalam drama AYESHA


Perinthalmanna: When the final score board of the Calicut University C-zone arts festival, 2011, was shown at Angadipuram SNDP YSS College, the students of SAFI Institute of Advanced Study stood seventh! It was in a list of 125 colleges in the district, competing with colleges who have thousands of students and decades of experience. PSMO College won the overall championship at C-zone. The arts festival was a sweet experience for most of the participants from SIAS, no matter the results of each item. About 111 students participated in various off-stage and stage programmes. The performance in off-stage programmes was very encouraging, as the college stood second or third for a long spell of time, when the results were being announced, one by one.

The English drama Noor bagged second prize and grabbed full attention of the audience. It tells the story of an Iraqi girl who is kidnapped and dishonoured by the invading soldiers. The touching play was staged by Farha and team. Amritha (II Semester BSC Microbiology) secured first position in story writing English, Ramziya (VI Semester BSC Microbiology) and Sahla (II Semester BSC Microbiology) shared the second prize in debate. Naseer (I Semester Islamic studies) won the
first prize for elocution in Urdu. Mufida (I Semester Microbiology) secured third prize for Tamil elocution. Jasmin (IV Semester BBA) stood second in oil painting. Rejina (VI Semester BSC Microbiology) got third prize for versification in Tamil and Sreshma (I Semester Biotechnology) in Hindi. Divyasree got second prize for versification and essay writing in Sanskrit.

The students of SIAS showed their amazing talent and spirit to ignite a spark of liveliness to the campus. SIAS achieved this enormous accomplishment with the support and dedication of all teachers and students. The most important hurdle for many group items was the very few time got for rehearsals. The blog team congratulates all participants and the winners. Alos, our salutes to Shamnas, the
fine arts secretary and Sabu sir, the fine arts advisor, whose effort was vital in the achievements.

US Consuls Visit SAFI

21 Dec

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SIAS: SAFI Institute of Advanced Study conducted an interactive session with the offi8cials from the US consulate in Chennai. Mr. Mathew Beh, consul for political and economic affairs and Mr. Fenny Jecob, another official from the US consulate spoke on the innovative methods of education.

The educational system in India has certain drawbacks, said Mr. Beh. He opined that the higher educational system in the US with various educational scholarship schemes stands far behind Indian educational system. He framed the significance of our educational system by quoting Obama: “America should follow the educational system of india.” At the same time, he noted certain disadvantages as well. In india, we spend three years for degree, but in the US they spend hardly one year for graduation.

The welcome speech was delivered by Principal, Prof. A Kuttialikkutty. The consuls anserwed the queries asked by the students. Ms. Amna, I Semester BSc Biotechnology proposed vote of thanks. Mr. CP Kunhi Muhammed, joint secretary of SIAS, and Mr. PK Ahmed, treasurer of SAFI also attended the function.

The Pleasure of Seeing Your Friends on Stage

20 Dec

RAMZIYA ASHRAF watches Durabhiman Hatya, Noor and Ayesha – three plays staged by SIAS team at C-zone and praises the team members.

Arts fests are always exciting. It’s during such fests that you learn a lot of things you are not taught in the classroom; teamwork, passion, perseverance and other stuff you never think are important, but later discover that they are really what life’s all about. The past few weeks were definitely memorable for many of us at SIAS. Fine arts competitions started in the last week of November and lasted for about two weeks. Then it was time to prepare for C-zone inter-collegiate arts fest, held at SNDP YSS College, Angadipuram. Rehearsals were in full swing; more students could be found outside rather than inside classes. The college was in near chaos. The teachers frequently grew tired of continuously herding everyone into class and finally gave up. The preparations were hectic, with events getting cancelled and restarted on and off. Fine Arts secretary, Shamnas and other union members could be seen walking about the campus with sleep-deprived eyes, and stacks of papers in their hands, trying to get everything organised.

Drama is an art where creativity, talent and intellect blend together. It’s a combination of different art forms. When the characters you read, write, meet and hear about come to life in front of your eyes, it’s magic. SIAS students worked this magic on the audience at C-zone in three different languages.

With the presence of Noushad sir and Nazarullah sir, dramas have been an unavoidable part of SIAS’ C-zone participation for the last two years. Under their guidance and leadership, students from various departments geared up to act. Time proved to be the villain in our preparations for C-zone. Thanks to the inconveniences of the semester system, the university’s late declaration of college elections and other technical reasons, we got barely a week to practice. The selection of actors for different roles was the biggest snag that our union members had to cross. Once they had managed to find enough students, things started running a little smoother. The enthusiasm and sincerity of the participants added fuel to the practice sessions. They happily agreed to come for rehearsals on weekends. There were warming-up sessions, which helped them to shed off their inhibitions and taught them the basic lessons of being a stage-performer. The casual and friendly attitude of the teachers definitely boosted up their self-esteem and confidence.

The English and Hindi dramas were scheduled to be staged on December 13th. Hindi drama – Durabhiman Hatya, about inter-caste romance and dishonor killings in northern India – was to be staged first; anxiety levels were very high-up. No surprise, since they were the least prepared among the three, and hadn’t had the chance to rehearse with all their properties even once. Most of them were not well-versed with the language, and memorising the dialogues was in itself a big task for them. The technically-poor stage of the host college didn’t help matters either. There was not enough space onstage, no proper lights system and there were huge gaps at the sides through which properties fell off mid-performance. But despite all these, the students performed well, considering the time they got to practice. Apart from a few dialogue misspells and confusion with the missing property, it was a fine performance. The team – led by Vishnu, Fayas and Fasna – deserves praise for their dedication.

    Next came the English drama – Noor, a brilliant script originally written by Akber S Ahmed, discussing the plight of a girl (played by Farha) being kidnapped by invading US soldiers. Her three ideologically different brothers (Dhanish, Fuad and Shimnas) try to tackle the crisis without letting their dying father (Rony James) know the truth. Our abridged version was close to perfect. The act was way better than all the rehearsals put together. Everyone gave their best; and they had the audience spell-bound. Each character had an originality and life; something that is quite difficult to achieve. I guess that the final component that renders perfection to an actor’s performance is the stage. The spotlight gives the final wrapping around the package you present to the audience. Had we brought our own lights like the team that bagged the first position did, I’m sure we would have stood first, rather than second. But after all, it’s not the ranks that matter.

The Malayalam drama –the celebrated Ayesha, scripted by Noushad sir – was staged the next day. It was touching and perfect. Mehna and Farjas convincingly presented the graceful relationship in the plot. Noushad’s villain was welcomed by the audience with applause. The effect of lights, which the other two plays didn’t have, and the background music added to the wonderful performance of the actors. The audience heartily accepted Ayesha, and sympathised with her fate. But yet again, time proved to be a villain. The performance exceeded the specified time-limit of 30 minutes by a margin of 2 minutes. But the applause and compliments showered on the actors brought a glow of satisfaction on their faces; and that was reward enough.

      There are certain people apart from the participants who deserve a mention here. The teachers, who kept aside all their engagements and spent their days and nights with us – teaching, guiding and inspiring us to achieve great heights; the union members and students who worked backstage as stage and property managers, at the lightings and sounds. Without their presence, none of this would have worked out the way it did. Most of the students who accompanied the drama team assisted in whatever small way they could. It was their eagerness to help and their moral support that kept the performers going and stimulated them to give their best. The sleepless nights and exhausting workload of the union members finally paid off. Another important person not to be forgotten is Sabu sir, the fine arts advisor, whose presence was felt every day at the C-zone venue. Maya ma’am and Radhika ma’am also contributed their part, with their presence and love.

The C-zone team returned back with a load of memories and feelings of satisfaction. The experience was unforgettable; more than the prizes we bagged, there were certain other accomplishments that could never be substituted. The feeling of being in and working with a team, the lessons of perseverance – of trying and trying until you succeed; and of course, the journey back in the college bus – where everyone was literally slumped one on top of the other!

Nadapuram Documentary Released

2 Nov

The documentary Nadapuram: Oru Desham Neru parayunnu was offically launched by filmmaker Ranjith, reports KK RAHUL.

Ranjith handing over the documentary DVD to writer Akber Kakkattil

Calicut: Finally, the documentary Nadapuram – Oru Desham Neru Parayunnu has been released on the rainy evening of October 23, 2011. After much hue and cry from various vested interest groups to edit out certain portions of the documentary, there was immense pressure on director Sayeed Vanimel and the crew not to launch the documentary. In fact, a grandly planned launching ceremony at Nadapuram indoor stadium, which was scheduled to be held in the last month, was postponed, due to certain political interferences. However, the Sports Council hall at Calicut was calm and decent. The famed Malayalam filmmaker Ranjith officially released the documentary by handing over the  film DVD to writer Akber Kakkattil, in a packed hall, in front of cultural activists, media persons and people from Nadapuram.

It was a moment of celebration for everyone who wished for a nonviolent Nadapuram. The students and staff of SIAS Media School was present on the occasion, as the film was made in association with the MCJ department of SAFI Insititute of Advanced Study, Vazhayoor. The first official public screening brought accolades to the crew.

Ranjith addressing the audience

“You can not watch this documentary merely as a viewer, but only as a socially responsible person,” remarked Ranjith in his launching speech. “When I watched this documentary, I did not see any Hindu or Muslim talking to me, I saw only human beings. And the saddest part is that the people of Nadapuram are very innocent and loving; and yet the violence has no end, “ said Ranjith. He also added that the documentary gives a vivid picture of Kadathanadan life.

Renowned writer Akber Kakkattil opined that this film should be screened in Kerala assembly before the people’s representatives. “The violence in Nadapuram can be stopped only with the strict and bold intervention from the top leadership of all political parties. We have a routine violence because the local leadership is protecting the culprits”, said Kakkttil. Veerankutti, the poet, praised the students of SIAS Media School for their involvement in a very bold and honest task, as “this is a good case of political activism which other campuses in Kerala can imitate”.

Writer PK Parakkadavu read one of his mini-stories on Nadapuram violence, during his presidential address. Kunjikannan Vanimel and Dr Sasidharan facilitated the function. M Noushad, who wrote the script for the documentary, introduced the work. KC Firose welcomed the gathering and Sayeed Vanimel, the documentary director cast the vote of thanks.


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