BANGALORE: A joyful and spiritual atmosphere enveloped the devotees who had gathered at the mass to mark the preparations for the annual feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother Mary at St Mary’s Basilica in Shivajinagar on Friday. There was a deep sense of piety that was felt as the days draw closer to the birth of the Blessed Mother on Sept 8.
A large crowd of devotees were present, wearing saffron coloured clothing as a sign of their commemoration of the feast of the Blessed Mother. The gathering offered hymns and prayers through the celebration of the mass.
The mass was held for lakhs of devotees that had assembled, irrespective of caste, creed, language, and religion. The mass was offered in different languages to accommodate the English, Kannada, and Tamil speaking congregation.
Ravi Kumar Christy, a devotee who attended the mass with his family said, “We have been coming here every year since my childhood, and we are always blessed when we visit St Mary’s Basilica.
– Steven De Nazareth, I MS Com
Mary Kom, the famous Indian boxing champion, rose to fame “against all odds”. A short film competition organised by Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. carries the same theme, which was revealed to the students of the Department of Communication by the media conglomerate’s representatives on Wednesday.
A team of representatives of Viacom 18 made a presentation on the short film competition, and announced that the top five films will be premiered on MTV Indies. They added that the best filmmaker will win a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000. The applications for the same will close on September 30.
The exciting prizes in the form of free merchandise for the movie Mary Kom encouraged lively participation from the audience during a pop quiz on Bollywood movie directors and actors, which was also held at the event.
– Shahidha Alaudeen, I MS Com
Josephite Conclave, an inter-college fest was organised by the Economic Forum, Spectrum and Social Zest, the associations of the Departments of Economics, Political Science and Sociology respectively. It was a platform for students to discuss socio-economic and political issues. Students from colleges across the city took part in the event. The theme for the event was social disparity and the event dealt with topics such as caste system, social discrimination, and the gap between rich and poor.
Elina Benedict, I year, a participant from Kristu Jayanti College said that she wonders if India will ever be free from the prevailing disparities as there still is a lack of awareness on heath and sanitation, class differences and other social norms.
Mr Edward Aranha, a member of Avaas, an NGO was the judge for the event. Expressing his comments on the presentations, he said, “Social disparity is a vast subject, the students must have presented primary data by visiting slums, villages and affected areas rather than secondary data from the sources that make the subject very biased and limited.”
Fifteen participants spoke for 6 minutes each and brought thought-provoking issues to light that engaged and educated the audience.
– Swati, I MS Com
The media fest Allura, with the tagline ‘Connect, Create, Celebrate’ was launched on Thursday. The fest which is organised by the Undergraduate (UG) students is based on the film noir genre which was popular during 1940s cinema.
Dr Fr Richard Rego, HOD, Department of Communication and Prof. Johnson Rajkumar, UG Coordinator, Dept. of Communication, unveiled the trophy that will be given to the winners of Allura. The official banner was unveiled by Prof. Satish Rajan and Prof. Parinitha Shinde, faculty members of the Department. Prof. Anindita Biswas and Prof. Mervin Victor also presided over the event.
With over 20 competitions, the media fest will be organised from September 5-6. The various events are categorised under visual, art and design, PR, audio, literary, and alternative. The main attractions include short film, creative writing, AD 360, crisis management, J.A.M., gaming, web design and Vine competition. Another important event is the Josephite Talkies where eminent personalities from the media field will come together and interact with the students.
The two day media fest intends to create a rich platform for media students in the country and provide the exposure that they deserve.
– Sancia Marium I L, I MS Com
The Christian Student’s Association (CSA) held a meeting to plan the upcoming Gospel fest Exodus, on Wednesday. The association along with co-ordinating faculty member, Prof. Kiran Jeevan, is very excited about the event which will be held on August 30 and 31. Exodus is being held for the 27th year in a row which itself shows the zeal of the organisers over the years.
The theme for this year will be ‘Amore’, a Latin word meaning the love of God. “This year we are focusing on spreading the love of God among students, and that is why we chose Amore as the theme,” says Vishica Fernando, an active member of CSA.
There will be a number of stage and off-stage competitions and events to showcase talents. The stage events include Western music, gospel rock, ice breaker and choreography among others; off-stage events and competitions would include collage, treasure hunt, Bible quiz, and dumb charades.
Around twenty colleges are expected to participate in the fest. An added attraction of Exodus is Asia’s second best sound system, DSPro.
-Amera Sailani, I MS Com