On Saturday, 4 August 2018, the Dramatics Club presented one of the most popular comedies, Merchant of Venice, written by the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, William Shakespeare. The illustrious Prof. Manohar Khushlani, currently a Visiting Faculty at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He profusely commended each and every aspect of the play, from the dialogue delivery, to transitions from one scene to another, costumes, props, lighting, music, the energy and vibrance of the entire presentation, and so on. He emphasized that “drama is inherent in children” and therefore it is an “effective tool for promoting learning in classroom”. The eminent Guest of Honour, Mr. Sadanand Patil, presently working as a lead Villain in the popular show, ZANGOORA at Kingdom of Dreams, emphasized the profundity of drama as a genre wherein, even the audience becomes an intrinsic part of theatre.
The play marked the seventh annual drama which has been produced by the Dramatics club since its first production 2008. The performance on 4 August was the concluding show in the series of presentations that began on 1 August 2018. The captivating humorous presentation that involved more than 100 students from class VI to XII, while showcasing the varied nuances of the 16th Century Shakespearean drama also portrayed brilliantly the themes of anti-Semitism, bigotry, vindication of cultural values etc. which continue to be relevant to the “world of the twenty first century as it was to its own time.”
The august audience included the distinguished Mr LR Channa, President, Child Education Society (CES) and Chairman of the school; Mr SK Bhattacharya, Chairman of BBPS Training Center and BBPS Navi Mumbai; Advisors to CES – Ms Rekha Sharma and Ms Nanu Rekhi; members of the Managing Committee of the schooland of the Board of Management. In addition, Principals of other units of BBPS, members of the PTA and Alumni; parentsof participating students and Literary Club Members; teachers and students of other schools; and the staff members of the school itself too witnessed the spellbinding presentation.
Ms Meena Malhotra, Officiating Vice-Principal, proposed the vote of thanks. She appreciated the tireless efforts and teamwork of the entire group that helped to make the production a grand success. She also highlighted the importance of Theater in Education.