. Janki Devi Memorial College


Annual National Drama Competition, Shakespeare Society of India

On 12 January 2019, the society started working on its production for the annual drama competition of Shakespeare Society of India which was held on 2 February 2019. This year the society chose to perform selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream in the original Shakespearean language. The play was conceptualised in Brechtian style with the students using their bodies to create the magic of the forest. The play was received extremely well and went on to win the prize for "Best Classic Shakespeare" (Shared).

Annual National Drama Competition, Shakespeare Society of India

The society held the second edition of Bardoratory- Slam Poetry Competition on 9 January 2019, the second day of Symphony. The competition was judged by Ms. Mani Dixit and Ms. Tarini Pandey. The competition saw wide participation with 25 participants from various colleges. Mansi Vijay from Miranda House won the first prize while Anubhav Tekwani from PGDAV College and ArushiSahay from Jesus and Mary College won the second and third prize respectively. HetviJethwani from IIT Delhi, Aniket Kumar Jha from Shivaji College and Isha Gupta from PGDAV College received Special Mentions.

Bardolators Events

Bardolators, the Shakespeare Society of the college, held a screening of La La Land on 12 October 2018 in Room No. 14 at 1:20 PM. The screening was instrumental to introduce students to the genre of musicals and was followed by a discussion of the same. The society also conducted another screening, Company Theatre’s Piya Behrupiya, which is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, on 30th October in the Committee Room at 2:20 PM. The screening was followed by a discussion on the theories and techniques of adaptation.

Exordium 1.0

On 12th November, 2018, the society organized its first ever inter-college soliloquy competition - Exordium 1.0. The judges for the event were Mr. Ankan Dhar and Ms. Aena Rizvi. The competition attracted registration from various colleges of Delhi University. The event had various enthralling performances by participants who graced the stage with their delightful soliloquies. Himanshi Duseja won the third prize while Ananya Dubey and Shaktee Shandilya won the second and first prize respectively.

Events for August and September 2018

Convenors: Dr. Payal Nagpal, Mr. Ankan Dhar and Ms. Ruchi Kalita

The academic session of 2018-2019 began with an audition for new members held on 10 August 2018. The audition saw wide participation from students from various departments. It was followed by an introduction to theatre and various theatre exercises to the new members of the society.

A screening and discussion on the folk theatre of Chhau was conducted on 31 August 2018 to give a glimpse into the existence of various forms of theatre to the students.
A 5 day theatre workshop was held from 10 September 2018 till 15 September 2018 for the students. The workshop was conducted by Swapnapriiya Manna, a freelance theatre performer and director. The workshop focused on introducing to the students various aspects of theatre such as verbal and physical theatre. Various body exercises were explained to the students so as to facilitate the expression of emotions through the body. Different facets of verbal theatre such as dialogue delivery, vocal exercises, amongst others were also discussed. The dynamic nature of the stage was also introduced to the students through improvisational exercises which also worked on improving their stage presence. The workshop was a massive learning experience for the students and the feedback from them has been very positive.

The students also held elections to elect office bearers for the current session. The office bearers of Bardolators for this session are: President - Shruti Tiwari, English (H) IIIrd year, Vice President - Shaktee Shandilya, Political Science IInd year and General Secretary - Priyamvada Singh Solanki, English (H) Ist year and Smriddhi Nangia, English (H) Ist year.

Acting Workshop Conducted by Mr. Amit Tiwari

Bardolators held a three day acting workshop from 25 September 2017 - 27 September 2017 conducted by Mr. Amit Tiwari. The workshop covered multiple significant aspects related to theatrical acting such as various physical exercises to enhance body movements and the usage of various body parts, vocal exercises, voice projection and modulation, mime, team spirit building, to name a few. There was also a detailed discussion on Navrasa so as to help students understand the nuances of portraying various emotions on stage. The students were also encouraged to think innovatively via a creativity enhancement activity. The workshop was a huge success and was extremely beneficial for the students.

Bardoratory: Slam Poetry, Symphony 2018

On 11 January 2018, Bardolators held its event Bardoratory: Slam Poetry on the second day of the college festival, Symphony. The judges for the event were Ms. Indu Jain, Assistant Professor, Janki Devi Memorial College, and Mr. Ambikesh Sharma, an eminent slam poet. The event saw wide participation from students from various colleges and universities. Mani Dixit from Janki Devi Memorial College won the first prize, Aalakshaya Hira from Motilal Nehru College won the second prize and Anubhav Tekwni from PGDAV College received the third prize. A special recognition award was given to Shreyasi from AUD.

Bardolators at SSI

The Society began its rehearsals on 15 January 2018 for the Annual Drama Competition conducted by the Shakespeare Society of India. This year the Society performed "Gaming Macbeth" which is a reworking of Prachi Gambhir’s script, a part of the play Spectres of Shakespeare, directed by Sanjay Kumar and performed at Studio 81. In the play, Shakespeare’s Macbeth is placed within the 21st century world of gaming heroes, matrices, networking sites and so on. The three witches emerge from the virtual world to entice Macbeth into a game of power and brutal acquisition. The competition was held on 3rd February 2018 in Indraprastha College for Women. The play was received very well and garnered a lot of praise for its unique concept.

Report on Lecture Demonstration and Script Writing Workshop

Bardolators, the Shakespeare Society of Janki Devi Memorial College, held a lecture demonstration on “Shakespeare in Performance” and a Script Writing workshop on 14 October 2017. Both the lecture demonstration and workshop were conducted by Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of English, Hansraj College.

The lecture was attended by students from various departments and societies of the college. The lecture focused on a critical analysis of play texts and theatre, the power that theatre holds and specific attention was paid to the political nature of theatre. The students were shown a few clips of modern adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. The lecture concluded with an interaction between Dr. Kumar and the students.

Report on "Shakespeare Now!"

The Shakespeare Society of India in collaboration with the English Department of Janki Devi Memorial College hosted a National Conference, “Shakespeare Now!”on 27th October, 2017. The conference saw wide participation byrenowned scholars from various parts of the country, such as,Supriya Chaudhuri, Harriet Raghunathan, Jonathan Gil Harris, AnannyaDasgupta, Madhavi Menon, to name a few.

The Keynote Lecture, titled “Masala Shakespeare”, by Jonathan Gil Harris discussed various cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare in Bollywood. Coursing from Shakespearewallah to more recent film adaptations of the Bard’s plays, he drew attention to the lost experience of watching these films in theatres such as Chanakya. Compared to a more inclusive experience in the erst-while theatres of a pre-globalized period, present day multiplex theatres cater only to a select audience. Drawing parallels with London’s Globe theatre, Gil Harris focussed on a similar phenomenon—In the sixteenth century, the Globe theatre with its space for groundlings and an experience amenable to that of a commoner now charged an exorbitant fee, keeping it out of reach of the day-to-day lived reality.

There were multiple panel discussions which focused on varied aspects of Shakespeare within the contemporary context, such as teaching and performing Shakespeare now, and the relevance of Shakespeare’s politics and texts in current times. The Principal, Dr. Swati Pal and faculty, Dr.PayalNagpal presented papers in this conference. The students of Ashoka University also performed Cardenio, Shakespeare’s lost play. The performance was introduced by Madhavi Menon.

Report On “A Theatre Lecture”

Bardolators—The Shakespeare Society of JDMC in collaboration with Anubhuti—The Street Play Society of JDMC organised "A Theatre Lecture" by Mr. Sudhanva Deshpande, actor and director with Jan NatyaManch and Mr. Benil Biswas, Asst. Professor, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University on September 26, 2017.

In his lecture, Mr. Deshpande briefed the audience about the origin and evolution of street theatre in India. Mr Biswas’ lecture focused on Gender and Theatre; wherein he began by giving a brief introduction of the basics of theatre before enteringa detailed engagement with the representation of the issues of gender in theatre. The Principal, Dr. Swati Pal, also shared her experience in theatre with the audience. The lecture concluded with a question and answer session between the speakers and the students and teacher conveners.

Convenors: Dr. PayalNagpal, Mr. AnkanDhar and Ms. RuchiKalita

Bardolators, is the Shakespeare Society of Janki Devi Memorial College, and consists of students from different departments. The Society is both a proscenium based theatre and street play society and usually performs bilingually in both Hindi and English. In this academic session the Society explored new avenues and went beyond the Bard to engage with different forms of theatre.

The society started its work for this academic session by conceptualizing a street play “Umeed” to spread awareness about breast cancer. This play was conceived as part of Pink Raahgiri, a Max Hospital venture to spread cancer awareness and was performed in Connaught Place on 16th October 2016. The society took over the streets of Raahgiri and attempted to demystify breast cancer and free people from the shackles of fear and guilt surrounding breast cancer.

Thesociety began practice for their annual production “KaaleGhodekiNaalkiAngoothi" which is a satirical portrayal of how superstition, irrationality and blind faith are rampant in society. The group performed the play on various platforms such as Sahitya Kala Parishad, Studio Safdarand Mood Indigo (the annual cultural festival of IIT Bombay).

The Society organised its annual competitive event—Bardoratory: Soliloquies in Shakespeare’s Plays on 12 January 2017, on the first day of Symphony. The competition was judged by Ms. Payal Aggarwal and Ms. Indu Jain. Indira Dasan and Garima Sharma from Janki Devi Memorial College were awarded the first and second prize respectively. TitikshaSar from Maitreyi College won the third prize.

Bardolators commenced it's activities for the year 2017-18 by holding its annual auditions on 17 August 2017

The Shakespeare Society of Janki Devi Memorial College was instituted in 2011 when a small group of students were sent for the Annual Shakespeare Inter-collegiate Drama Competition organized by the Shakespeare Society of India (SSI). The students presented a scene from As You Like It. In 2012 the students participated with a scene from Twelfth Night. This became an annual feature and this year the society blossomed as the students won the prize for best execution and second best actor for their performance of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In an effort to encourage students from across disciplines to engage with the world of Shakespeare’s plays, the college decided to organize a public performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The society provided professional exposure to the students by engaging them in all aspects of the production from acting to set design and costumes. In 2014 the students performed an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus titled “Most wise Rebellion: An adaptation of Coriolanus”. The play won the Third Best team prize and a special mention in acting. In 2015 the group performed a feminist adaptation of Taming of the Shrew and won the Best Original Concept.