Field Visit

Date: 18.12.2019
Class & No. of students: II MA English Literature - 26 Students
Paces Visited:
1. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
#1, Art Complex, Kumarakrupa Rd, Kumara Park East, Seshadripuram, Bangalore
2. National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
49, GF, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Rd, Vasanth Nagar
Name and details of any external agencies/contacts involved: Ms Samyuktha Rao, Art Curator and Artist

The students and two faculty members visited two art galleries to have a first-hand experience of how Literature and Art mimics Life. At times we are confronted by description of exhibits which seem incomprehensible; even an artist’s statement about their work leaves us more nonplussed than enlightened. Thus, this field trip was arranged for our students with a popular artist and a professional curator as our resource person who was able to guide and help them decipher the techniques of Art and Art Curating in the National Gallery of Modern Art and also in the serene environs of Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.

Visit to Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and National Gallery of Modern Art
A field trip was organised by the Department of English (PG) Kristu Jayanti Colleg for the students of MA I and MA II, under the guidance of Dr. Arpita Ghosh and Dr. Lyola Thomas. It was a one day field trip on December 18, 2019 to Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and National Gallery of Modern Art as an Experiential Learning Programme. The purpose of the field trip was to observe the different art forms and connect it with the different aspects of life.

The trip was accompanied by art curator Miss Samyuktha Rao, an artist and a sculptor, who was the resource person for the day who enlightened the students about the emergence and importance of different kinds of art forms. Both the art galleries Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and National Gallery of Modern Art contained a number of spectacular paintings and sculptures. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath comprised of art forms by famous artists such as Nicholas Roerich, S.S. Kukke, Svetoslav Roerich and number of unnamed Indian artists, whereas, The National Gallery of Modern Art encompassed the art forms from the 19th and 20th century artists like Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Prabudhha Dasgupta and many other Indian artists. The different art forms are shared by the National Gallery in Delhi and Mumbai.

There were different forms of art which could be seen in the galleries such as – Folk paintings,Varisha Collection, Tanjavore and Mysore Painting, oil paintings and photograph gallery, different kinds of puppets, sculptures made of bronze, wood and charcoal. Each art work reflected layers of stories and inspiration behind it – mythological as well as personal. It also showed the then conditions of the society. The art forms also gave an insight on the different aspects of life during the past years when the artefacts were curated.

There were 48 enthusiastic participants who went for the field trip and experiential learning. The field trip was very informative as we came to know about the importance of literature in the field of art. It was also very useful as each art form displayed various anecdotes, realities and conditions of the past as well as the present society.

“I found the trip very enriching. It has expanded my perspective on different art forms. I also gained new knowledge” expressed Tallo Mary, a second year MA student.

“The tour of the Art gallery was an amazing exposure. As literature students we could relate each art to distinct movements. I had an amazing time seeing various artists and the progression of art. The trip was informative and an amazing experience!” exclaimed Keziah Grace Shibu, a first year MA student.

Class and No. of students: I MA English Literature: 26
Date: 21.03.2019
Objective: To appreciate the Art and Architecture of the ancient city of Hampi.

The Department of English (PG) organized an Extension Activity for the students of I MA English Literature on March 21, 2019 under the guidance of Dr. Lyola Thomas and Dr. Paulami. The Extension Activity took place at Hampi, Bellary District. The main purpose of the visit was to employ Literature as a tool to capture and interpret a personal experience to the world in the form of Travelogues, Creative Writing and Fictionalising Personal Experience. The Extension Activity was very helpful to the students of I MA Department of English (PG) as they could employ more authentic art and life experiences in their writings. This was a great privilege and an enriching experience as they were able to witness History carved in stone and also because Creative Writing is a part of the syllabus this semester. We thank the Department of English (PG) for initiating and organising the Extension Activity. It was a golden opportunity for us because we were able to experience innumerable sources of inspiration – the driving force behind all forms of writing.

Class and No. of students: I MA English Literature: 26
Date: 20.03.2019
Objective: To gain access a first-hand understanding and experience of the social community of a village and to experience the fabric of Indian village life in its truest form.

The Department of English (PG) organized a Rural Exposure for the students of I MA English Literature on March 20, 2019 under the guidance of Dr. Lyola Thomas and Dr. Paulami. The Rural Exposure was in Hubli. The students also visited the Government Higher Primary Kannada Girls High School at Hepsur, Hubli-Talia, Dharwad District Karnataka. The students conducted English classes for the students in the Government School. The main purpose of the visit was to impart communicative skills in English to the students there. The MA students were divided into several groups and they visited different classes in the government school. Students of the primary classes were taught about the importance of Health, Hygiene, and Good Habits. Language games were also conducted and the students participated actively displaying a keen interest in learning. This teaching experience was helpful not only to the village students but also to the PG students of the Department of English (PG) because all of them were engaged in the teaching experience in different ways and they also used various methods for teaching giving them valuable practical experience. The Rural exposure thus was very inspiring and the objective of the activity was more than met. We thank the Department of English (PG) and the College for initiating and organising the Rural exposure programme. This was really a golden opportunity for us and an unforgettable experience.

Field Visit – Rural Exposure program
Department of English in Kristu Jayanti College along with the students of IV semester MA in English literature had organized a rural exposure program on the 11th December 2017; the places were Karahalli and Sagarahalli villages which belong to the rural part of Bengaluru. . The objective of the program was, to correlate our theoretical knowledge of Subaltern Literature with the practical aspects of village life and to understand the essence of rural expertise and dignity of labor.

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