BARDOLATORS, Report 2016 – 2017

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.

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.