Celebrating freedom: School of Communication hosts Article-193 min read
MANIPAL: Another edition of Article 19, the annual media event of School of Communication (SOC), Manipal was conducted on February 7, 8, and 9 consisting of multiple interactive events.
The event consisted of sessions by various eminent dignitaries, professionals in their own fields, the first of whom was scientist Anand Ranganathan, consulting editor of Swarajya magazine and previously a columnist at NewsLaundry, who stays in the headlines for his crude yet straightforward remarks about Indian politics. In the context of freedom, which is the theme of Article-19, he remarked, “There is no freedom of expression if it does not come with the freedom to offend.”
The talk was followed by competitions like, ‘This is a Crime Scene’ and ‘Paparazzi’. Entertaining events took place simultaneously which tested the eloquence and wit of the participants. Various activities like Shipwreck, Block and Tackle, and Mono Acting took place during the first day of the much-anticipated event. The day continued with competitions like, ‘Write to orchestrate your might’ and ‘Duet Duels/Rap Battle’ before concluding.
The second speaker of the day, Bobby Wahengbam was a National Film Award recipient author and a filmmaker with over 20 years of experience, having multiple laurels to his credit. During his talk, he spoke about the challenges of living in the North East, various prominent people from the North East including Irom Sharmila and her works from jail and hospitals, which received recognition. He also remarked upon the distinction in the styles of Bollywood and North Eastern cinema.
The second day began early with competitions like ‘Futsal’ and ‘Fusketball’ and proceeded with fun competitions like ‘Lawyer Up’ and ‘Adzap’. The highlight of the second day, were two talks, given by two very eminent personalities, one of them being Nag Ashwin, famous film director and an SOC alumnus. The second speaker was Omar Mohammed, a citizen journalist and the founder of The Mosul Eye, a news blog that reported the happenings of ISIS-controlled Iraq at the time. “The world needs more citizens to stand up and spread information about their situation to get help, rather than waiting to be rescued,” Mohammed said. The second day of the event ended with the Express Awards, which felicitated the winners of each competition throughout the fest, with Nag Ashwin acting as Chief Guest.
On the third and final day of Article-19, Archishman ‘FeTT’ Pradhan, a professional game blogger, arrived to speak about the various aspects of video games and the field as a career option. The main event of the third day was Funfair, a celebratory wrapping up to Article-19, themed ‘Academy of Villains’.
“I participate in Article-19 for two reasons. Firstly, I love the talks, and then the competitions are also fun,” said Shourya, a second-year student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).
Featured Image Courtesy: Aditi Desai
Edited by: Drishti Sanyal