CUK’s journalism deptt holds puppetry shows
Srinagar, Nov 29: The students of the Department of Convergent Journalism, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) performed puppet shows on various social themes in the University’s Magarmal Bagh campus here.
The first semester students performed the shows on issues like female foeticide and child labour in Kashmir. Other shows included a story about a rape victim and an English language adaptation of Anton Chekov’s short story "Enemy".
The shows were directed by Dr. John Babu, an expert in puppetry and in charge of the subject that covers folk media, said Shahnaz Bashir, the Coordinator of the Department of Convergent Journalism.
Members of each student-groups made glow puppets that represented some typical local characters.
“As desired by Prof. Abdul Wahid, the Vice-Chancellor of CUK, the Department of Convergent Journalism is also planning to conduct outreach programmes to create awareness on social ills through puppetry,” said Shahnaz Bashir.
“The department will use puppetry as folk media to bridge the gap between the university and the society at large. It will make people in the valley aware about various social problems, developmental issues and Government schemes through the traditional medium of puppetry in locally familiar languages, prominent among them, Kashmir and Urdu,” Shahnaz added.
Asif Khan, Archana Kumari, Sadaf Bushra, Uzfi Rashid, the faculty members of the department also attended the shows. The students from other departments and non-teaching staff members of CUK were also present.