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Aaina, the theatrical club of MIT, held an aptly titled play – ‘The Black Comedy’ at the Library Auditorium. The promotional posters, and vague idea of the theme had grabbed eyeballs for weeks, and much anticipation had been built. It was a house full turnout as enthusiastic students turned up in large numbers on a leisurely and lazy Sunday evening and gathered outside. The minute the door was opened, one would have thought he was in a Chennai theatre on day one of a Rajinikanth film, as students hustled and jostled to get the best possible view of the drama. The play lived up to the hype, and overshot expectations, with the audience cheering and clapping at every antic on stage.

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The play began with a brief scene on how in the dark, anything and everything can go wrong – impersonations, robberies, secret affairs, misassumptions and what not! The director of the play then gave the audience a brief introduction to the theme – how most mistakes and goof-ups happen when the lights are off. The Aaina crew shunned the vintage types of Drama, and made a commendable attempt to explore the realms of an altogether new genre, i.e a comedy where none of the actors could see anything and the story was entirely in the dark, but well-lit to the audience.

bc 6The concept of contrasting the stage lighting to the actual lighting in the plot was revolutionary and unique. When the actual scene was supposed to be dark, the stage was brightly lit, but when a little light was introduced in any part of the story (using matchsticks, torches), the stage lights were dimmed. The lights and sound team was quick on their reflexes to produce this visual effect to perfection.

BC 1Vishal Kulkarni, a sculptor and artist, and his fiancée Ayesha, prop up his flat by stealing Parvinder Singh a.k.a Pinky’s (Vishal’s neighbor) exotic furniture and decors, as he is out for the weekend. Why so? – To impress Ayesha’s father, Colonel Thadani, a strict taskmaster of partisan values and obsessed with the ways of the army, and Mr Pillai, a rich billionaire who might be a prospective buyer for Vishal’s sculptures. The main fuse goes off and the building is blacked out with no one having matches. Enter Sweety Aunty, a middle-aged orthodox woman, and then Colonel Thadani leading upto a few humorous encounters – the latter trying to impose discipline at every instance, and the former as a typical prying next-door aunty. All hell lets loose as Pinky makes a dramatic entry, and the young couple is scared out of its wits that he may discover the stolen furniture if any light comes on. More chaos prevails as Vishal tries to sneak the furniture back to Pinky’s flat in the dark. As if Murphy’s law hadn’t hounded the couple enough for the day, yet another blow strikes when from the blue when Vishal’s ex Ria walks in.

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The characterization was top-notch, with each of the lead characters having a distinctive and excellently portrayed personality, each signifying a unique aspect of human emotion and thoughts, be it the homosexual Sardar, Pinky who was the audience favorite with his witty dialogues and gay antics, the innocent and old-fashioned Sweety Aunty who gets drunk for the first time, the playboy Vishal who just doesn’t give up on mending a situation that was long out of hand, the bubbly, charming and childlike Ayesha who enchants viewers with her oodles of cuteness and school-girl ways, the scorching hot Ria who leaves the crowd spellbound with her dominating stage presence, or the upright and assertive Colonel who literally marches and orders commands on stage. Practically every other second of the drama elicited peals of laughter.

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As mentioned earlier, the actors in the story were in the dark and so could not see. Their adaptation to the storyline, although the stage was lit, was seamless and one was led to think they really were in the dark. Their eye movements and postures blended in perfectly with the theme to create a scintillating display. Having such impeccable eye control while rendering dialogues and acting at the same time, is no child’s play. It was akin to the likes of film actors who acting blind and won acclaim for it. After the play concluded, the crew was introduced to the audience, who gave them a well-deserved standing ovation.

All in all, The Black Comedy was a laughter riot that shouldn’t have been missed. Kudos to Aaina for their efforts in stepping into unfamiliar waters, and putting up an astounding spectacle that defined our Sunday evening leading up to the solemn Monday blues.

Girish Kumar
Photos: Minesh Wadhwa

The Magic wand of God’s own hands descended on Stage for a stunning display of theatrical performance by Aaina. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde being the script published by Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish writer in the year 1886, it was based to be a psychological thriller with a very complicated issue of Split Personality.

It all started with an introduction – a discreet and brief display of what lay before us. This little piece of magic itself amazed the crowd.


The narrative: Dr. Henry Jekyll considers that man has 2 diverse characteristics – the good and evil. He believes that by untying the two, man can become liberated. In his experiments, he uses himself as the subject. His evil side, called Mr. Hyde, escapes into London, thus invoking trepidation and committing crimes. When he ceases the usage of the drug, it is too late.

The Curtains then opened to the elegantly arranged set, that of a British household of Dr. Henry Jekyll. The scenario rolled in, with the appearance of Inspector Newcomen and Mr. Utterson on the scene of Edward’s death which was the penultimate scene of the play.

The storyline unfolded with the arrival of Dr. Lanyon and Mr. Utterson happening to meet each other in Dr. Jekyll’s house in the presence of his maid – Poole . So on, the story progressed with the appearance of n eloquently portrayed character of Richard Enfield.


Then came in Dr. Jekyll himself, and took over spotlight.

The Emotions were so pure yet raw; they seemed to tear through the whole of the Syndicate Bank, Golden Jubilee hall, with a packed audience and absolutely nobody standing.

As the newer characters of Miss Helen – Dr. Jekyll’s love interest, her father Sir Danwers Carew and the Irish cook called Bridgette came in, portraying different phases of the play, the smoke of seriousness settled in and everyone in the room felt the sheer power of displayed emotions.


The plot thickened and soon there was the scene which had an amazing display of raw anger and frustration by Dr. Jekyll (Hyde’s character). And to be very fair, as hard as the scene was, the dual characters regarding Dr. Jekyll’s Split Personality were displayed even better by the President of the club himself, Advait Kottary.

It never felt like watching our fellow students act. It was all too natural and effortless for anyone watching it. One was left wondering how it was actually possible for the actors to follow such a complicated plot over such a complex issue and story, and couple it with some exquisite dialogue delivery and a perfectly toned British accent!

The casting was so perfect; one could actually feel the characters come right out of them. Needless to say, the ‘Aaina’ tag was evident and a tantamount of perfection!


A wonderful show and a lovely evening to spend watching the artists deliver a breathtaking performance. They have thoroughly boosted the altitude of a theatrical performance!

Report: Saurav Bhattacharjee
Photo Coverage: Minesh Wadhwa.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Posted: October 28, 2011 by Anirudh Sriram in AAINA
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Aaina presents Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A classical fight between the good and evil. A psychological thriller.
Don’t miss it !!


Date: 30th October 2011
Venue: Syndicate golden Jubilee Hall
Time: 5:30 PM
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Two little Aaina boys asked me to buy the pass,

I said, I dunno man, theatre is not my class.

Two little Aaina boys insisted I go watch,

I gave in, joined the thing, and then there was applause!

Honestly, I’ve never witnessed any professional acts in theatre, so Aaina’s “And Then There Were None..” was my first live play. And yes, I had quite an experience.

To start with, a word to Agatha Christie… I loved the rhyme… I know she’s not gonna be able to read this, but my appreciation goes out to her… right up there.

Now coming back to Aaina….

The beginning, with the red background and two guys being welcomed to hell….was seriously impressive. Felt right. Felt evil.

As the curtain rose, we got to see the set. And I must say, I was surprised, because I was expecting a dark, spooky mansion-like atmosphere. And this set wasn’t  creepy at all. Instead, the set was brightly lit up and seemed like , well,  a “happy” place. I got more curious as to how they’re going to show deaths in this bright and shiny room. Now it had become more challenging for them to make us feel the chill… And did they succeed? Read on, to find out.

As the characters arrived one-by-one, I noticed their costumes. I especially loved the hairdos. A special mention to the long-haired dude and the old lady. They were exactly how one would picture the character in their head.

With the fainting and drinking going on in the play, I bet even the characters would’ve been having a great time. Marvelous acting. Neat direction. As they went on ending up dead, the plot became more and more exciting. The girl sitting next to me was actually at the edge of her seat, biting her fingernails, eyes focused right at the stage. Especially the last scene, where a character hangs herself, was brilliant. Excellent direction. One of the best scenes of the play! I could feel the hard work and effort put in by Aaina, and I must say, it was commendable.

Yes, the room was full, the tickets were sold out, and I bet they all got their money’s worth, if not more. It was all there. The script, the acting, the costumes, the set, the direction… Though there was some complaining about the sound quality, as the dialogues were too ‘accented’, according to some. But overall, I had a good time.

Good job Aaina. See you next sem!

Even More Pictures


Words : Ashwini

Pictures : Deepankar  , Sanchit

AAINA’s promotion today at Food Court was awesome.

Caught everyone’s eye and did an awesome publicity stint. I’m sure tickets went flying away after this!

I have a ticket for their upcoming play do you?

Click on the logo to watch the video!

3 Days to go…

Posted: April 7, 2011 by deepankar73 in AAINA, Current Events
On an island off the coast lie dangers galore,
Thrills, chills and cruel revelations are in store;
A Tale of humans, their failings and sins,
Which among ‘fortune’ and ‘fate’ shall win??
So be there on Sunday, and have awesome fun;
Do come to watch “And Then There Were None”


Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were THREE.
Just 3 days to go! Grab your tickets! NOW!!
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were THREE.

5 days to go…!!

Posted: April 5, 2011 by deepankar73 in AAINA
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Awesome work done by Aaina's Graphics team

Six little Indians playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Finally the wait is over…just 5 days to go…!! Grab your Tickets Now!!

And Then There Were None

Posted: March 27, 2011 by deepankar73 in AAINA, Current Events

Well versed in the ways of the syndicate stage, Aaina dramatics now intends on pushing her mark on the mantel even further, with the production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. With a stellar script in the wings, and practice and hard work in full swing, Aaina’s conversion to the stage of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece yields plenty of promise.

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;

One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;

One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little Indian boys traveling in Devon;

One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;

One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;

A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Indian boys going in for law,

One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Indian boys going out to sea;

A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;

A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;

On got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Indian boy left all alone;

He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

official poster

Synopsis : When several guests are invited to a secluded house, they all assume they are in for a weekend of pomp, and cozy retreat. However when their apparent host and hostess fail to appear, the suspicions are aroused. Slowly and steadily the seriousness of the situation is brought to light, as a disembodied voice, announces to the assembled guests that they are held responsible for the crimes they have committed in their lives, and subsequently one by one the numbers start to dwindle, all until it is resounding and apparent  indeed that, ‘And Then There Were None’.

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Aaina : Reflect Yourself

Posted: March 27, 2011 by deepankar73 in AAINA
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Aaina Dramatics is Manipal Institute of technology’s official dramatics fraternity. Combining thespian resolve with productive creativeness, Aaina dramatics provides a platform for the multitude of technical minds at MIT to let go of their artistic inhibition. Aaina’s momentum in terms of appeal amongst students has reached stark proportions, and the activity and hustle of the club is often synonymous with certain aspects of campus activity. Bi-annually Aaina showcases it’s main productions, which are a culmination of organizational drive, student co-ordination and creativity, as well as acting and technical genius. Aaina has more recently struck exaggerated prominence with its most recent productions.  Aaina dramatics has been an outlet and a hub for students to gather and put forward their ideas in all sorts of fronts such as, graphic design, publicity, basic and set design, writing, and several other fields. With swelling numbers bolstering the ranks, Aaina dramatics channels activity year round. Students are given settings to embark and participate in fests across the country with original thought and talent, as well as the ground to constantly match and manage the happenings of a real world playhouse scenario. Aaina dramatics takes pride in being a student established and run venture, and its multiple branches are all governed by student perception and thought. From her humble beginnings, the club has taken to constantly providing thespian audiences with entertainment, displaying MIT’s talents throughout India as well as allowing for students to grow, and learn from their experience both on and off the stage. Indeed Aaina dramatics club’s truest thesis is encapsulated in it’s motto: Reflect Yourself.


President – Advait Kottary
Vice Presidents – Kartik Arora & Khwab Sanghvi
Treasurer- Chandrika Mital
Secretaries – Kinjal Majumdar & Shaunak Mahbubani
Creative Board:
Aishwarya Raghava
Anubha Bhatnagar
Rishabh Sethi
Seerut Sidhu
Sunny Anand
Suraj Sathyanarayana
Utkarsh Anand