New Delhi: The Centre for Spanish and Latin American Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), in collaboration with the Embassy of Venezuela in India, organized a dramatized play reading in Spanish language on September 22, 2022, in the CIT Conference Hall of the university. Students of the BA (Hons) and PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies of the Centre performed the play Apacuana and Cuaricurian of the famous Venezuelan playwright Cesar Rengifo (1915-1980)
The play, written in the form of a dramatic poem, is about the indigenous resistance of the Mariche tribe against the Spanish conquest of the valley of Caracas in 1569.
Despite the torrential rains, the hall was full, with faculty and students of Spanish from Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Amity University also attending the event.
The Chief Guest Her Excellency Coromoto Godoy Calderon, the Ambassador of Venezuela to India congratulated the students for having presented very successfully an important work of one of the most celebrated writers and artists of Venezuela. She ended her speech quoting the famous lines of a Latin American song which say:
I love the students
because they are yeast
for the bread which comes from the oven
with all its flavor…
The Ambassador gifted all participants, actors and backstage production in charge and volunteers a set of books in Spanish.
Special Guest, Prof. Indrani Mukherjee, Chairperson of the Centre for Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Latin American Studies, JNU, in her address emphasized the role of culture in Foreign Language learning and appreciated the initiative the Centre had taken.
Prof. Sonya Surabhi Gupta, Honorary Director of the Centre, thanked Mr Alfredo Caldera for having directed the Play Reading and underlined the team effort that the students had put in. Dr Noorin Khan thanked the JMI administration, particularly Vice-Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar for her encouragement and support for the event.
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