Friday, 30 December 2016

Breathe In, Breathe Out: Faizah Afreen has a Few Tips to Relax our Way Into Life

My favorite way to relax is a bit strange. My parents often find it hard to believe that I love to relax in this way. Well, this is not the only way I relax but definitely, this is my favorite one. 
To me relaxing and serenity are closely related. So I close the doors and windows of my room and light a low powered light bulb to cut the outside noise and bright light. I live in a busy urban area so it is usually noisy around me.
I turn on the CD player and play slow melodious songs. I close my eyes and try to recall the happy memories of my childhood. This gives me immense pleasure as most of my childhood memories are spellbinding and magical. If I remain like that for about half an hour, I start to feel a sensation  that is utmost pleasant. I remain half awake and half asleep and an hour is good enough for me to get fully recharged and refreshed. Whenever I feel stressed or depressed I try to relax in this way.

My well being is also due to my connection with music. Sitting on the balcony and listening to soft music is an out-of-the-world experience that I often enjoy. When I am at work, I use my iPod to listen to my favorite songs.

My second best way of relaxing is by meditating. Meditation can be a great way to relax, especially if you are under a lot of stress. And meditation is pretty simple to do: just find a comfortable place, close your eyes, relax your muscles, and focus on ONE thing, whether it's your breathing, an object (a flower, or a painting) — or even a picture in your mind. Even a 10 minute of meditation in the morning is very helpful.

The third best thing that I love is spending time with my friends and family. Since I love travelling, at times I love to hangout with my whole group of friends and go to an adventurous place where we could climb mountains or do any kind of adventurous activities or play games.
This helps me finding my own self.  

I request all of you to make some time for yourself. Dancing to your own favorite music number when no one is around is also a good way. Though it may sound a bit weird but for youngsters it shouldn't be a strange thing. When you know what you like and what you dislike and the ways in which you can feel relaxed and be stress-free then stress won’t even step into your room with you. A fifteen minute walk after a long tiring day also helps a lot.

This is how I try to make my life better every day. Take one day at a time and make the best use of it. Trust me! Life will smile at you :)

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Syeda Mahveen Sana Reports on the Workshop on "Performing Arts"

To commemorate the first anniversary of the Quills Literary 
Club, a workshop on “Performing Arts” was held at R.B.V.R.R. Women’s College, for three days i.e. from 13-12-2016 to 15-12-2016. Mr.Rathna Shekar Reddy, eminent actor and Co-founder of Samahaara Theatre Group was the Resource Person. After the completion of the workshop, a Valedictory Function was held on 16-12-2016. Mr. Rathna Shekar Reddy was the chief guest of the program. The function was attended by distinguished personalities like of Prof. K. Muthyam Reddy, Dr.M.Surekha Reddy, Dr.D Ramakrishna Reddy, faculty members of the college and former principals. The auditorium was jam-packed. The program started with the prayer song by students and was followed by the lighting of lamp by the dignitaries. A welcome speech was given by the chairperson of Quills Literary Club Ms. Grace Sudhir. Dr M. Surekha Reddy and Prof. K. Muthyam Reddy spoke about the role of Performing Arts as a medium of communication. 

The chief guest Mr.Rathna Shekar Reddy addressed the gathering with his speech focused on female empowerment. He encouraged the students to take up risks and change the way we live. The chief guest was facilitated with a shawl and presented a memento and . A Power Point presentation was made by Dr. Jhilam Chattaraj about the objectives and achievements of the Quills Literary Club. A short play titled, “Re-Imagining love” which was based on Sonnet 114 by William  Shakespeare was enacted by the students in coordination with faculty member Dr Jhilam Chattaraj. 

 The program concluded with Dr.Sumitra Jaiswal giving the Vote of Thanks to the dignitaries, faculty members, audience and all the others for their cooperation in making the program a success.
Later, Certificates were awarded to the participants of the workshop by Prof. K. Muthyam Reddy.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

I Found Myself: Avani Rawal talks about Quills Literary Club

Since my childhood days I was keen on reading novels, and subsequently it developed into a favorite hobby. After a few days of joining this institution, I came to know about Quills Literary Club. Enthusiastic to know more, I went through the blog and found some amazing works by my fellow college friends. I found it to be a platform to showcase my talent and also as an opportunity to improve further.
I felt enriched and motivated through expressive writing and I was interested to be a part of many such endeavors. Being a part of this cub has also helped me improve my communication skills. I’m also grateful to the literary club for inspiring me to inculcate another parallel passion which can take me ahead.

 The hidden talent of creative writing was discovered by Q.L.C. and I cannot thank enough the faculty of the English Department for unearthing this talent within me. It has indeed introduced the complete me to myself. The literary club of R.B.V.R.R. Women’s College provided me with the privilege of picking out a few pearls of wisdom that were spread across the Q.L.C.’s meetings to celebrate the life and works of the literary gem, Mahashweta Devi. It was indeed a great eye opener to know about not just her valuable literature, but also her social work, achievements and her devotion to the development of rural women through her work.  It made me think she was ahead of her times and her stories and books are still relevant in the Indian society today. 
Also, the recent workshop conducted by the Q.L.C. on theatre and performing arts helped me become more expressive, confident and outspoken about my thoughts and opinions. These experiences at the Q.L.C. will always be cherished by me throughout my journey as a student and I look forward to many more enriching experiences through the Q.L.C.

My Best Days: Suvidha Shares Her Memories of Quills Literary Club

A Quill is the symbol of literature. Whenever a person sees a quill they will recollect a poem or a story, a poet or an author who moved their heart with the magic of words. But when I see a quill, I will travel back in the time machine to the enlightening experiences of our Quills Literary Club.
 Starting from the travel poetry which took us from the confines of a room to adventurous quests on the sea waves or the emotional debate on impact of feminism on  society- every moment was an exposure that changed our mindsets.

 The illuminating workshop on theatre arts conducted by Mr. Rathna Shekar Reddy sir was definitely a milestone in the journey of our literary club. I am fortunate to be a part of the learning experience about theatre arts as I have always watched dramas but never been on the stage. I have understood how much of hard work is involved in finally putting up a play. During the workshop we understood the power of storytelling. From technical terms to simple logic that keeps the play going, from the work of a playwright to the role of an actor, from an idea to a plot to giving an end to story , all the areas were covered about how, where and why a theater works. 
I thank the English Department and Quills literary club for conducting such an interesting workshop where we all became a part of the fantastic world of theatre arts.

Suvidha Laharika

Friday, 23 December 2016

Workshop on Performing Arts, Day 3: The Art of Acting 15.12.16

Sir Explaining the Nuances of Acting
Acting was the dominant theme of Day Three. Rathna Shekar Sir started the session by briefing us on the basic job of an actor- to make viewers Feel, and empathize with the character. He stressed repeatedly on the importance of staying true to our honest emotions as actors and warned us against the trap of "overacting" an emotion. 

Our Class is On!

Learning to Walk
Sir then once again asked us to get on our feet, and put us through a series of activities which were focused on helping us observe the subtle ways in which a person truly becomes an actor. The nuances of acting like posture, body language, fluidity of movement and using rationale to act honestly became clear as we practically put ourselves through various scenarios and tried to act them out. This session took us on a wild ride of emotions ranging from acting bored, to acting in love, to acting like waiting for one of our loved ones outside an Emergency Room. 

After a whole host of tears, smiles, laughter and honest deliberations, it was time to thank and bid farewell to Shekhar Sir. 

Walk like an Actor
Art is a wondrous thing. If you're lucky, it finds you, and you are never the same person again. It, in many ways, fulfills the purpose of life. Shekhar Sir is one such person whose life is steeped in understanding and celebrating the majesty of art. It is obvious that it moves him every moment of his life, and the Quills Literary Club is wholeheartedly thankful for the fact that he has chosen to share his true passion with the young minds of this country. In effect, Sir fulfilled something- he kept saying throughout the workshop- A piece of art or a story has the power to touch and change lives.

His art, and his story touched ours, and we will never be the same again. 
Prof K. Muthyam Reddy, Suchitra Ma'am, Grace Ma'am and other members of the department of English watch as we transform into actors.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Workshop on Performing Arts Day 1: Tell Your Story! 13.12.16

On the first day, Rathna Shekar sir emphasised on the importance and power of storytelling. He asked us a simple question, "What is the human species' greatest invention?" Sir egged us on as we sifted through history in search of the answer, and came up with enthusiastic, sometimes hilarious guesses. We were taken aback, however, on finding the answer- a Story

Sir's explanation soon cleared things up. 

He told us that a story, when told properly, had the power to change the course of human history. The greatest example of that fact, he said, was the propagation, and exploitation of the stories people have been believing in across centuries as a part of religion, simply because, we as human beings were conditioned for stories. It was indeed a unique perspective for the students to listen to, and it challenged us to look at things from a different point of view. 

Sir told us that a good story makes us empathize.  It connects with our conscience, makes us better human beings, and takes us towards a higher state of consciousness. That, indeed, we learnt, is the basic purpose of our existence. 

The session ended with Sir giving us a clear, urgent and emphatic message, "Tell your story! For humanity's sake, please, do tell your story."

Workshop on Performing Arts, Day 2: The Bonfire of Creativity, 14.12.16

Day 2, led us deeper into the mesmerizing  world of theater. Rathna Shekar Sir started it by giving us some idea on the origin of theater and then moved on to  explain the process of bringing a story to life on the stage. 
Shekhar Sir has the participants enthralled!
'Plot is Everything!'

He delved into the importance of a well written plot. We also learned about the important people involved in the creation of a play-  from the writer, to the  director, to the actors, and finally, to the audience. 
Celebrating Theater!

He also talked about the relevance of theater in the Age of the Internet, and said that as long as we have stories to tell, we will find Theater.   

Lighting the Bonfire of Creativity!
The chairs were then pushed to the walls as Sir asked participants to form a circle. He then challenged us to create a story together, with each member contributing a single word. There, in the middle of that circle, the spark of creativity was lit, which binded all of us in a sense of camaraderie as we set about giving birth to a story together. Sir then requetsted us to go back and develop it into a complete story individually. 

The bonfire of creativity did emit some fiery sparks that day, as we all were inspired to write, and write our best.

A thoughtful member contributing to the Story!

The Story Keeps us Engaged

Workshop on Performing Arts: The Inaugural. 13.12.16

On the occasion of its first anniversary,  Quills Literary Club conducted a three day workshop on Performing Arts from the 13th to the 15th of December, 2016.

Prof. Muthyam Reddy at the Inaugural
The inauguration was graced by the Principal of R.B.V.R.R. Women's College, Dr. M. Surekha Reddy, Correspondent cum Secretary, Prof. Muthyam Reddy, and Former Principal, K.Suniti Reddy. They talked about the importance of arts and theater in a student's life, and congratulated the club, and the department of English for taking up such an initiative. Muthyam Reddy Sir, in fact, announced the introduction of a separate course on arts and theater in the college syllabus from the next academic year. 

Principal Dr. M.Surekha Reddy, and Vice-Principal, Head, English Department,  Ms. Grace Sudhir congratulated QLC on a successful first year!

Resource Person for the workshop, Mr. RathnaShekhar Reddy
Resource person, Mr. Rathna Shekar Reddy, an actor with a National Award winning film, a director, a theater artist,  and the co-founder of the theater group Samahaara, captivated the young minds of the members of the club, and shared not just his knowledge of art, theater and acting, but also, his perspective on the world and it's many complexities. He said that though Art is a product of an artist's imagination, yet it is rooted in the artist's experiences with the world, and the people around him.

Grace Ma'am outlines the club's philosophy: Commitment to Creativity!

The workshop was expected to help students gain a better understanding of the nuances of theater. It turned out instead to be a life changing experience that dared us to break the boundaries of dreams, thought and action. 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Art, Artists and Audience: A Note on Telangana Kala Mela, 2016 by Apoorva Sharma

The first Telangana Kala Mela was held on November 4th and 5th, 2016.  It was a great experience both  for the artists and the viewers. It proved to be a successful platform to promote the creative talents our newly formed state. There were several  artists from Telangana who are famous in others sates and countries but not very well known here. This mela gave them as well as us an opportunity to learn about the  artists who live around us. 

Prof. R.C Sharma, one of the senior and talented artists, who participated in exhibition, when asked about his experience said that the feeling was same; as if it was in an art gallery in Mumbai. The presence of other prominent artists and an enthusiastic audience made him realize the growing interest in art in our state. 

I, as a viewer enjoyed the Mela and was proud to see such a plethora of artworks in our state. I also,came to know a lot about Telangana  culture through the paintings. All the paintings had their own significance and were beautiful in their own way. I feel that such events must be held again and again and, for a longer duration i.e, at least for 5 days so that more people come to know about it and enjoy it.