Vrittanta 2020

WORKSHOP ON CANVA                                

Event: Workshop on Canva                                                                                Date:13th May2020
Day: Wednesday                                                                                                Time: 3p.m.

The Media and Publicity Committee of Vrittanta (Undergraduate Student Association of the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History) organised an online training session “Introduction to Canva” on 13th May 2020. The training session was handled by Shreyash, Media and Publicity Committee Head of Vrittanta. The training workshop was conducted with the aim of equipping students with the most modern and relevant technical knowledge required for the fast-changing world.
The session covered the basic aspects of “Canva”, a graphic designing platform used to create graphics, posters, cover pages and all other kinds of visual content. The trainer made the students familiarise with a number of tools available in the platform for making designs of posters, documents, certificates etc. based on their personal preferences.
The highly interactive and informative session provided students with exposure to one of the most widely used and often significantly needed designing platform. The workshop helped to enhance the efficiency and technical aptitude of students to a great extent, which would assist them to face the challenges ahead in life.



Date:  08.05.20                                                                                                       Day: Friday
Time: 3:00 pm                                                                                                         Platform: MyQuiz
Kakuzo Okakaura had once said, “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings”. In keeping with the same spirit, Gyankosh- the Quiz Club of Vrittanta (Undergraduate Student Association of the Department of International Studies, History and Political Science) ventured into the world of online quizzing by hosting a very exciting quiz competition for the students of the department on the ‘MyQuiz’ Platform. The topic was ‘current affairs’ and the questions ranged from movies to entertainment and sports and winner was decided with the use of a simple determiner, ‘fastest fingers first’. Gyankosh’s initiative received a good response as more than 30 students participated in this competition. The credit for its arrangement goes to the heads of the club who hope to continue to bring such entertaining online quizzes to the students.



Date:6 May 2020                                                                                Day: Wednesday
Time:4 p.m.                                                                                        Platform: Google Meet

Rajneethi-the Debate and MUN Club of Vrittanta (Undergraduate Student Association of the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History), hosted an online discussion on 6th May 2020. The discussion based on the theme “The Socio-economic and cross-cultural impact of the COVID 19 crisis on International Relations” explored the most relevant issues that need to be dealt with at present, to handle the global pandemic. The discussion was joined by several students and faculty members of the department and was moderated by the Debate club heads Varun and Paroma. The session transformed into a truly informative platform where the speakers expressed their diverse opinions on the impact of COVID 19 pandemic globally. The discussion revealed that the implications of the global crisis that has stranded the lives of almost half the global population, is unexpected and far reaching. The impacts are huge, severely damaging economic, social and political dimensions worldwide.
The discussion was indeed relevant and timely, looking into the effects of these disturbances in the sphere of International Relations. It discussed global aspects of COVID 19 crisis and attempted to draw possible solutions for the damages created. The discussion touched upon topics right from the economic impacts and moved towards more significant concepts like global leadership to fight the disaster.
The discussion opened up new horizons of ideas about strategic ways to deal with the global pandemic that has created more damage than anything else to the twenty first century.


Date: 15th May 2020 Day: Friday
Time: 5:00pm Platform: Instagram
What happens when a group of talented dancers are stuck at home in quarantine? Nartana- the Dance Club of Vrittanta says, “Dancing, dancing and more dancing!” In a video titled ‘Jammy ka Sapna’, the club members displayed their prowess in Hip-Hop and Classical dancing formats as they grooved to the energetic tune of “Twist” from the film ‘Love Aaj Kal’. To watch the video and keep up with everything that Nartana is getting up to in quarantine; follow Vrittanta on their official Instagram page ‘vrittanta_official’.

By Vrittanta Media Team
Date: 17th May 2020                                                                                                                         Day:  Sunday
Time: 3:00pm                                                                                                                      Platform: Google Meet
This quarantine offers a perfect opportunity to amass new knowledge; so why not learn some video editing skills from our department’s best! The Media Team recently conducted a very informative tutorial on Filmora, a popularly used video editing platform. Shreyash Pandey of 5HEP led the class and taught them how to use the platform and even shared some of the tricks he’s learned along the away. The class was very engaging and a good way for aspiring editors, filmmakers and quarantine vloggers to learn how to jazz up their work through editing.

On May 7th is Shri Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday. On account of his birthday, Avirbhav, the Music club of the Department decided to pay tribute to this legend who is also a famous personality in the music field. Our idea was to sing the song Ekla Chalo Re by dividing parts amongst ourselves and then in the end, merging it together into one. Once this idea was conceived, then began the tough part. Firstly, we required participants who were willing to be a part of this tribute and there was a great response from the club members. Once this step was completed, we had to give out clear instructions regarding how to sing, the pitch and tempo to sing in and clear instructions regarding how they should record their respective videos. Once the videos were sent in by the participants, the most difficult part of creating this video began and that is merging and editing all the participants parts into one single video! But we were successfully able to overcome these difficulties and were able to produce a video successfully!
This activity was extremely engaging for all the participants and the entire process was fun-learning. The response from the club was great and the appreciation given by the entire department also was very heart-warming.



Akshar, the Literary Club of Vrittanta (Undergraduate Student Association of the  Department of International Studies, Political  Science and History), organised a poetry and essay writing competition celebrating the 159th birth anniversary of the revered poet, musician and artist - Sri Rabindranath Tagore on the 7th of May, 2020. The competition aimed to exhibit the talent of students while remembering the man who touched, and continues to touch, so many lives.

The competition was open to students across CHRIST (Deemed to be) University. The enthusiasm and zeal shown by the students was evident in the numerous entries received that were all of excellent quality.

Students were asked to submit their entries latest by the 5th of May, 2020. The entries were judged and subsequently marked by Professor Christine Thomas, an English Professor and an ardent admirer of Tagore herself. The results were then announced on the 7th of May via mail and work submitted by the winners was uploaded on the Vrittanta blog as well as the blog of the Literary Club.

The winners of the competition were as follows
First Prize : Subhadeep Sen and Shramana Bhattacharjee
Second Prize : Georgy Thomas
Third Prize : Malavika Mukherjee

The competition truly achieved what it set out to by remembering and celebrating "Gurudev" and the club looks forward to conducting many such events.



Date: 22 May 2020                                                                                   Day: Friday
Time: 12 p.m.                                                                                            Platform: Google Meet

Plato said that “Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”. Avirbhav - the Music Club of Vrittanta (Undergraduate Student Association of the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History), organised an online Musical JAM Session to unite the rhythms of passionate minds separated by COVID 19 lockdown. The JAM session brought together talented young singers of the department, who are physically miles apart, into a common platform where they could express their passion for music. The session witnessed exiting performances from each participating student.
Perfect combinations of most famous songs brought a delightful tenderness to the online session. “Just the Way You Are”, “Aaj Jane Ki zind na Karo”, “Demons”, “Night Changes”, “Kajrare” are only few among the many songs that added to the rhythm of the programme.
The JAM session was a fun-filled, entertaining and refreshing engagement for the students. Both instrumental and vocal music together made a memorable experience for students.



By Kayal

Event:  Room Décor Activity                                                                          
Club:  Art Club
Kayal – The Art Club of Vrittanta (Undergraduate student Association of the department of International Studies, Political Science and History), organised an interesting entertainment for the students to showcase their artistic talents by developing room decoration items. They offered a platform named ‘Room Décor’ to students as an opportunity to create beautiful artistic pieces of paintings and craft works with household items available. Experimenting art and craft works with the limited resources available at home was indeed a new experience that was interesting and challenging at the same time. And various household objects transformed into amazing exhibits of creativity. The videos and photographs of the different art pieces by the students were collaborated in a video that was posted on the Instagram page of Vrittanata.



The Film Club of Vrittanta successfully hosted their first virtual event on June 6, 2020.
The event was a quiz on Pop Culture and related arenas, designed as being a perfect blend of fun, delight and enthusiasm!
The Organisation process was an intricate one as the questions needed to be uncomplicated, yet challenging enough to be intriguing and fun.
30 questions were compiled and uploaded for the quizzers to answer.
There were almost 40 enrollments and the participants responded positively about the smooth conduction of the event, and to see more of these in the future.
They were up on their toes and took away the lessons of solicitousness and time keeping from the conducted activity.
The Film Club looks forward to hosting events such as this quiz that piques the interest of the students, in the future as well.

The winners of the event are as follows:

1st place - Saba Kaunain, 2nd year HEP
2nd place - Y Prithvi Sai, 2nd year HEP
3rd Place - Tanesha Singh, 3rd year EPS



Vrittanta(The Undergraduate Student Association of the Department of International Studies Political Science and History) , organized its inauguration ceremony for the new  academic year. The online inauguration function united students who are physically miles apart due to the pandemic situation. The function extended a warm welcome to the first-year students into the wonderful world of opportunities provided to them by the platform of Vrittanta.
The event commenced with a prayer song for invoking the blessings of almighty. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Vageshwari(Head of Department, History). Dr. Madhumathi Deshpande (Coordinator) and Rev.Fr.Dr. Jose CC(Pro Vice Chancellor),felicitated the function.
A small introduction video to the Vrittanta Core Committee was screened during the function. Sanskriti(Convener,Vrittanta) introduced the talent hunt competition organized for the first year students-Carpediem.The ceremony became more attractive with a music video by the Vrittanta music club and a dance video by Vrittanta dance club.Rishwanth Reddy(Convener, Vrittanta) presented the Vote of Thanks.
The inauguration became an opportunity for the first semester students to have a closer engagement with their Undergraduate Association. And the inauguration gave a strong message for students to face crisis situations in life with confidence.

Event: CarpeDiem Quiz on Indian Cinema                                                 Date: September 4, 2020
Time: 12.00.p.m.                                                                                         Club: Quiz Club
Platform: My Quiz
GyanKosh – The Quiz Club of Vrttanta (Undergraduate Student Association of the Department of International Studies, Political Science and History) organized an online Quiz based on the theme ‘Indian Cinema over the Years’. The Quiz was arranged as a part of CarpeDiem- the talent competition organized for first year undergraduate students of the department.
The theme of the quiz itself made it an informative and entertaining event for the students. The quiz was an opportunity for students to dive into the depths of a subject that has been a part of their lives since childhood. Each question was an exploration of new knowledge and unknown facts in the field of Indian Cinema. The quiz covered topics from almost all spheres related to Indian Cinema and touched upon films industries from different languages.
The quiz made a humble effort to trace the journey of Indian Cinema and proved to be a wonderful opportunity for students, to discover the unfamiliar facts related to a familiar subject.
CARPE DIEM- Elocution Competition

4th September 2020
Move over Ms. Corona, there are some new kids on the block looking to seize the day!
The Electoral Literacy Club of Vrittanta hosted an Elocution Competition as a part of Carpe Diem- the Freshers’ Talent Search event of the Department of International Studies, History and Political Science. And although the event had to be hosted online, the participants showed up and showed out!
This year, the theme of the competition was ‘Importance of Dissent in a Democracy’. The participants spoke confidently; making thought provoking statements and presenting compelling examples to their virtual audience.
The event was also attended by Dr. Madhumati Deshpande who inspired the speakers with her encouraging words.
We are definitely excited to witness the sharp minds and powerful words of these new students again in the future!
Till then, stay safe, wear your mask and sanitize!




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