Kolkata,8th May,2016 : With an aim to engage students through an active way of learning, engaging, ideating and participating, AHAVA Communications along with South City International School have organised the Inter-School Shakespeare Festival to be held on May 9, 10 and 11 (10 am – 4 pm) at the South City International School auditorium at 375, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Kolkata.

The inaugural ceremony of the festival was hosted by Starmark, South City Mall on Thursday May 6. The opening event entailed educationists, and eminent personalities from all walks of life, media, and students. The Principal of the host school, South City International School, Mr John Bagul, inaugurated the festival while Ms Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss Universe India (2010), was the Guest of Honour. The inauguration has been supported by Education Trust for All.

The formal opening was followed by a panel discussion titled, “Is Shakespeare Contemporary?” The eminent speakers included actor Barun Chanda; Professor Anand Lal; Ms Ramanjit Kaur; whose film credits include Deepa Mehta’s Videsh-Heaven on Earth and Fire, Ms Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Mr Vikram Iyengar; a famous classical Kathak dancer. The panel was moderated by the Co-Director of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), Ms. Anjum Katyal.

Speaking at the onset of the panel discussion, Ushoshi Sengupta, recounted her experience of reading Shakespeare as a child and said she believes that Shakespeare is one dramatist who will always be loved by all.

After an inaugural speech by Anjum Katyal where she introduced the topic to the audience and recounted excerpts showing that most phrases still used in contemporary times have their origin in Shakespearean drama, Barun Chanda too said that he believes that Shakespeare is contemporary. The well known actor went on to speak of his college days trying to play Hamlet where he “quietly slipped into the character,” by the end of the drama and added that Shakepeare’s language is “rich and influencing.”