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Dhiti- The English Literary Association of Maitreyi College organised Ekphrasis

Dhiti, the English Literary Association of Maitreyi College organised Ekphrasis, 2021, the Annual Literary Festival on 6th March, with participants from all across the country. Dr. Haritma Chopra (Officiating Principal) encouraged the students and lauded their efforts. Ms. Mausami Singh, Deputy Editor, India Today group, graced the occasion by her inspiring presence and launched Dialectic, the Annual Newsletter of the Department of English. The efforts of students, teachers, and other staff were appreciated by Dr Chopra, who also suggested that it be called a magazine, as opposed to a newsletter, owing to the increased number of pages. Ms. Smriti Singh, the Teacher-in-Charge, Department of English welcomed the faculty members and students and apprised them of the events and activities of Ekphrasis 2021. A National Students’ Seminar on the theme, “What Do You Meme?’ Open Mic, Caricature Making, and Online Photography were some of the events organised as part of Ekphrasis 2021 for which a lot of entries were received. The main event began with a round of paper presentations, and these were divided into two portions. The first came under the theme of “The Art of Memes in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” where Karan Tekwani from St. Stephen’s College, and Anamika Mohanta from University of Pune presented their respective papers. The second portion was themed around “Catharsis, Contestation and Change: What Do We Do When We Laugh?” where Ishani Ahmed Saikia from Hans Raj College, Samik Chakraborty from Sri Venkateswara College, and Ekta Chauhan and Meghna Varun from Sri Venkateswara College, and finally Aysha Femin from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Refna Tharayil from University of Hyderabad presented theor papers. This was followed by a round of discussion, and closing remarks by the judges Dr. Richa Chilana and Miss Khushboo Soni. The Open Mic which was organised under the title “Why Was I Born?” had Kamakshi Bhat, J.C. Bose University of Science and Technology, Aayushi Nehra, Deshbandhu College, Muskan Gupta, Motilal Nehru College, Bhruvi Bhatia, Aashima Prasad, and Anjali Sharma from Maitreyi College participating. Concluding remarks were delivered by Miss Ankita Dubey, and Ms Ankita Kaushik. Miss Dubey is a Doctoral scholar at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi with nearly 6 and half years of teaching experience. Her research interests lie in post-colonial fiction, South Asian Literature, conflict literature, and trauma and memory in historical fiction. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Miss Kaushik is an Assistant Professor of English at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. Her doctoral research focuses on urban neighbourhoods, river Yamuna and migrants in Delhi. Other areas that she has worked in are contemporary cultural and literary theory, with special focus on cities, spatial theory, cosmopolitan theory, Popular music, social and globalising media and how it interacts with the society and politics of the day. The welcome address for the closing ceremony was delivered by Palak Purwar, after which the winners were announced. For the photography competition, Sejal Dutta from Deen Dayal Upadhay College won the first prize, and the second prize shared by two participants -Shivam Kumar from Sri Venkateshwara College and Kriti Gupta from Maitreyi College. For the caricature competition, the first prize went to Amit, and the second to Salonee Mittal from Kirori Mal college. Kaamakashi Bhat from JC Bose University of Science and Technology won the Open Mic, and Muskan Gupta from Motilal Nehru College was the runner-up. Finally, Karan Tekwani from St Stephen’s College was the winner of the paper [resentation, and Samik Chakarborty from Sri Venkateswara College, and Ishani Ahmed Saika from Hansraj College were the first and second runners-up. The vote of thanks was delivered by Alfisha Sabri (President, Dhiti), and the participants, students, and staff were similarly stimulated by the cerebral discussions that happened, and wished for more such events.

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