As this year marked a momentous milestone in the legacy of our college, the sesquicentennial celebrations added a festive spirit to the various feats achieved by the students and faculty of the English Department. This year, Ithaka, our department’s annual journal and the Lingua Festival of Literature and Arts revolved around the theme of ‘Memory’.

The  major highlights of  this year's events included  plays showcased by the department’s students. Saniya Pathare's play, ‘Whatever Happened to Sophia’, Sahir D'Souza's ‘Sudha and Rahul’, Taran Warner's ‘Artificially Yours’ and Malvika Selvarajan's adaptation of ‘Arms and the Man’ received a resounding audience reception, enthusing them to keep giving their best in the years to come.

This year, the Honours Department introduced workshops on a radical assortment  of subjects including “Film History in Early World Cinema”, “How Story-telling Began: Narrative and Aesthetics in World Cinema”, “Translation”, “Travel Writing”, “Children's Literature”, “Persian Language (Basics)” and “Poets of the Bengal Renaissance (Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam)”. The students were mentored by Dr. Chandranath Chatterjee, Prof. Jethu Mundul and Ms. Vani Zaveri.

Distinguished guest speakers were invited by  the Department to speak about their vocations  and areas of expertise. This year, we were honoured to host sessions with  Marcus Zusak, the author of The Book Thief, Robert Dessaix, travel writer and memoirist, Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Professor of History from James Madison University, Dr. Rochelle Almeida a professor at NYU, the celebrated novelist, Mr. Ashwin Sanghi, and Ms. Alisha Rajpal, a budding author.

The Department, this year, was graced by the presence of  t Dr. Rochelle Almeida who joined us on campus with a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship.

We offer our heartiest regard and gratitude to the department, faculty and all students who made this year a fulfilling one.


Dr. Pearl Pastakia

Head, Department of English

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