Technology Dramatics Society: ENCORE is the institute's official English Dramatics Society. It was earlier referred to as the 'English Technology Dramatics Society', ETDS in short. It is under the Technology Students' Gymkhana and is a part of the Dramatics Subcommittee under the Social and Cultural Committee.
Functioning[edit | edit source]
Selection Procedure[edit | edit source]
ENCORE selection auditions are held once per year, only for first years, in August for an active membership for all four/five years. The society selects a batch of 30-40 first years (UG) and 5-10 (PG) at the beginning of the academic year soon after the welcome production. Selection procedure consists of tasks that judge voice modulation, intensity, speech and diction, confidence and acting skills.
In rare cases, exceptional and highly enthusiastic people are also inducted into ENCORE who share a similar passion of theater and contribute to the society. Past members who were inducted include Kaustabh Khare.
Organizational Structure[edit | edit source]
ENCORE has four governors selected by the society seniors every year who govern the society and represent it in the Gymkhana. Overall co-ordination during productions, outstations and competitions are handled by the governors.
List of Activities[edit | edit source]
Welcome Production[edit | edit source]
Within two weeks of the Autumn Semester starting, ENCORE performs its first production of the year. The cast ranges from second years to fifth years. Over the years it has been observed that ENCORE generally picks up comical plays and sketch comedy to entertain the freshers. This is also the first time the Governors for the new tenure are introduced to KGP.
Freshers' Workshop[edit | edit source]
The freshers are given a thorough training of theatre oriented workshops that teaches them the basics of dramatics. Skills like voice modulation, voice intensity, dramatization, body posture, stage movements, third forms, etc are taught in groups. First years along with the four governors train for three weeks at the Vikramshila Foyer (commonly referred to as Baap Ki Jagah by the ENCORE fraternity). Occasional skits, monologues, and challenging impromptu are attempted to improve the versatility of the actor. For tenures in which a PG Batch is also inducted, separate workshops are conducted for them.
Freshers' Production[edit | edit source]
The Governors with the help of the entire society train the first years and with rigorous practice put up a production, with the entire cast being first years. For tenures in which a PG Batch was also inducted, a separate production is done by them.
Nukkad Natak[edit | edit source]
Nukkad Natak is the only event during the entire year when ENCORE does a play/street play in Hindi. Only the first years take part in the Nukkad Natak competition organized during SpringFest.
Rangmanch[edit | edit source]
ENCORE also participates annually in the Stage Play event of SpringFest i.e. Rangmanch. This is the only time when it prepares two versions of the same play, a teaser trailer, and a full-fledged version.
Annuals[edit | edit source]
The last act of the year (referred to as the Annual Production) is performed during End-March to Early-April. The Annual Production sees the most diverse crowd play together.
List of Plays[edit | edit source]
- The White Pages by Jonathan Dorf
- Bullies Anonymous by E.M. Bell
- Lockdown by Douglas Craven
- Towser's Table by Pete Benson
- Bad Auditions-by-Bad Actors by Ian McWethy
- The Gunfighter
- The President is Coming
- The Foreigner by Larry Shue
- Pune Highway
- "The Nightman Cometh" - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- Drugs are bad by Jonathan Rand
- Mind your language by Vince Powell
- Five Americans, Three Murders and A Poisoning by Rebecca Preen
- Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
- The Play that Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields (Mischief Theatre Company)
- Fidelity Farce by Gary Diamond
- Losing Purpose by Jim Pinnock
- Silence! The Court is in Session by Vijay Tendulkar
- Affairs at Meddler's Top by Richard Coleman
- Picture Perfect by Gary Earl Ross
- Cut by Ed Monk
- It's not you, its me by Don Zolidis
- Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer
- The Stoning of Soraya M.
- The Blue Butterfly
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
- Check Please by Jonathan Rand
- You Can't Take It with You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
- Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock
- Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- It's a Wonderful Life
- 12 Angry Men
- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
- Plan B
- The Proposal (Anton Chekhov)
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
- Three Wise Men and their Dumb Younger Brothers
List of Governors[edit | edit source]
|2020-21||Saumyata Khandelwal (ME '22)||Ashwin Gupta (EE '22)||Karan Singh (BT '23)||Karmanya GB (ME '22)|
|2019-20||Rudraksh Gupta (HS 22')||Pranjali Rastogi (AR '22)||Shobhit Bhalotia (BT '22)||Ishita Lade (CE '21)|
|2018-19||Chiranjeev Singh Rathore (CE '21)||Kartik Tyagi (AR '21)||Krutarth Dharmesh Shah (IE '20)||Suyash Sharma (CE '21)|
|2017-18||Indresh (BT '20)||Gauri Pathak (AR '20)||Abhinav Kumar (GG '20)||Apurv Dave (ME '19)|
|2016-17||B K Vibhava (AE '19)||Shilpi Jindal (BT '18)||Varun A B (ME '18)||Shivam Kumar (MF '18)|
|2015-16||Arun Patro (EE '18)||Aakanksha Sangwan (PH '18)||Divyansh Gupta (CS '18)||Shivam Mehrotra (EX '18)|
|2014-15||Ketan Ingle (MT '17)||Twinkle Soni (CY '17)||Abhinav Pandey (GG '17)||Alekhya Munagala (MA '17)|
|2013-14||Alipt Doshi (AE '16)||Nayrhit Bhattacharya (IM '16)||Sourya Mukherjee (BT '15)||Abhivyakti Dixit (BT '16)|
|2012-13||Siddharth Srivastava (EC '15)||Soumya Pasumarthy (AR '15)||Mallika Prasad (AG '15)||Mohit Gupta (GG '15)|
|2011-12||Kushal Mirpury (GG '14)||Mohd. Usman (MF '14)||Vikram Voleti (EE '14)||Deepali Gupta (AE '13)|
|2010-11||Rohit Chotai (MF '12)||Vardhanam Daga (GG '13)||Hridya Ravimohan (NA '12)||Vivek Nautiyal (EE '12)|
|2009-10||Achilles Edwin Alfred Saxby||Somnath Meher||Aditya Mani Jha||Shobana Santhanagopalan (AR '11)|
|2008-09||Hardika Dayalani (NA '10)||Mayank Kedia (PH '11)||Nandam Karthik||Shaunak Laad|
|2007-08||Abhas Saroha (PH '10)||Jimi Adhikari||Soumen Goswami||Toshe Prasad|
|2006-07||Asha Parekh||Kumar Abhinav||Rajiv Agarwal|
|2005-06||Aditi Amrita Sarangi||Dawn Thomas||Siddartha Sherpa|
Awards and Achievements[edit | edit source]
|Stage Play, Inter-IIT Cultural Meet, IIT Bombay||2016||Silver|
|Nukkad, Inter-IIT Cultural Meet, IIT Bombay||2016||Silver|
|Rangmanch, Spring Fest, IIT KGP||2016||Bronze||Abhivyakti Dixit, Special Invitation to act in NCPA circuit|
|Nukkad, Carpe Diem, IIM Calcutta||2015||Silver|
|Stage Play, Unmaad, IIM Bangalore||2014||Silver||Twinkle Soni, Best Supporting Actress|
|Theatrix, Alcheringa, IIT Guwahati||2013||Silver|
|Hulla Bol, Alcheringa, IIT Guwahati||2013||Silver|
|Stage Play, Admit One, NLS Bangalore||2011||Gold||Rohit Chotai, Best Actor|
|Stage Play, Carpe Diem, IIM Calcutta||2011||Bronze|
|Nukkad, Carpe Diem, IIM Calcutta||2011||Silver|
|Stage Play, Admit One, NLS Bangalore||2010||Silver|
Notable Alumni[edit | edit source]
- Mayank Mahavar - Ankik Dhar Cup
- Sourya Mukherjee - Chandiramani Cup
- Kaustabh Khare - Chandiramani Cup
- Achilles Saxby - Institute Blue (Basketball)
- Arunabh Kumar - Founder of The Viral Fever[unverified].