Our school celebrated Shakespeare’s birth and death anniversary on the 24th of April this year. William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd of Aril 1564 and his soul departed on the 23rd of April 1616. Like all previous years, this year too we had a special assembly on the illustrious poet in our school. Swapnil Biswas took us down the ages to talk of the life and works of William Shakespeare. Priyadarshini Banerjee and Shreya Sinha also recited Sonnet 55 by Shakespeare.
The first scene of the timeless play King Lear was enacted by some students of Classes VII and VIII. King Lear, an elderly king of ancient Britain decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, depending upon how much each loved him. Goneril and Regan delivered widely embellished speeches while Cordelia simply says she loves her father as much as a daughter should love her father. This enrages Lear and he disowns her. Later, he dies of grief when his two elder daughters betray him and throw him out. Cordelia also dies in an attempt to save her father’s honour.
The character of Goneril was played by Aahana Das, Regan by Anwesha Chatterjee, Cordelia by Salony and King Lear by Aditya Chakraborty.