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Bardolators: The Shakespeare Society

About the Society/History:

Bardolators, the Shakespeare Society of Janki Devi Memorial College was instituted in 2011 when a small group of students was sent for the Annual Shakespeare Inter-collegiate Drama Competition organised by the Shakespeare Society of India (SSI). Since then, participation in the SSI Drama Competition has became an annual feature and the society has won various laurels over the years. The society witnesses participation from students across departments of the college. It attempts to introduce students to various styles of theatre as well as engage with Shakespeare's plays in various forms so as to look at the relevance of Shakespeare in contemporary times.

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

Student Office Bearers:

President- Yamini Negi, B.A. Hons. English III year

Co-President- Ashima Grover, B.A. Hons. English III year

General Secretary- Pranika Batra, B.Sc. Hons. Mathematics II year

Bardoratory: Symphony 2020

Bardolators organised Bardoratory–a Slam Poetry competition on 9 January2020, the second day of Symphony. The competition had 26 participants from various colleges in Delhi. The judge for the event was Ms Medha Singh; a poet, editor and translator, and currently a researcher at the Raza Foundation. The first prize was awarded to Ms Juveriya Khan from Keshav Mahavidyalaya, while the second prize went to Mr Rishi Suri from Deen Dayal Upadhyay College. Mr Hemant Bisht from PGDAV College was awarded the third prize, and Mr Priyanshu Modi of Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology was given a Special Mention.

Exordium 2.0

On 21 October 2019, Bardolators held Exordium 2.0, the second edition of an Inter-College Soliloquy/Monologue Competition. The competition aimed to provide theatre enthusiasts across colleges and universities with a platform to show their dynamic talents on the stage. The participation was overwhelming and saw more than 20 enthralling performances, in both English and Hindi.

The competition was judged by Ms. Aena Rizvi and Ms. Shruti Tiwari who were both members and presidents of the society. Sufiyan Khan (Jamia MilliaIslamia) bagged the first position. Shubham Chaudhary (DTU) and Priyamvada Singh Solanki (JDMC) won the second and third prizes, respectively. The Special Mention Prizes were awarded to Hardika Grover (JDMC) and Krishna Rajput (Aryabhatta College).

Workshop on Physical Theatre

A workshop on Physical Theatre was conducted by Ms. Swapnapriiya Manna for the members of Bardolators from 17 September 2019 to 19 September 2019. Various exercises aimed to build coordination and inculcate leadership qualities were undertaken. Emphasis was laid on physical movements and utilising the body and its movements to fill the stage space. A new concept of negative space was explored throughout the session. Voice modulation and projection techniques were utilised to interpret Adil Jussawala's "Colour Problems in the Family". The workshop was a huge success and was extremely beneficial for the students.


On 28 September 2019, a screening of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), a film adaptation of the play of the same name directed by Michael Hoffman, was held for the members of the society. The screening was followed by a discussion of the movie aimed at understanding the changes required when translating a play to the cinematic medium. The discussion also engaged with the performative aspects of the play as the society had performed selections from this play in the previous academic year.

Performance at Delhi Book Fair

Bardolators performed at the 25th edition of the Delhi Book Fair on 12 September 2019. As a part of the college's cultural showcase, Bardolators presented a play, encompassing snippets of various Shakespearean dramas. Titled, "Rehearsing the Battle of the Sexes", the play explored the dynamics between male and female characters in Shakespeare's writing. The acts represented in the play were taken from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and PiyaBehrupiya (an adaptation of Twelfth Night by The Company Theatre). The play received tremendous applause and appreciation from the audience.


The academic session of 2019-2020 began with an audition for new members. The audition was held on 9 August, 2019. Students from various departments registered for the auditions and an orientation program was held for the interested students on the day of the audition itself. The auditions were followed by a short session wherein the new members were briefed about the yearly calendar of the society.


The Department of Philosophy organised Nandita Rajguru Memorial Inter- college Debate competition on 8th January 2020. The topic for the debate was "Humans turning into cyborgs makethe need of preservation of natural resources redundant". There were 15 teams who came across from various colleges and universities across India. The jury members consisted of Ms. Anu Sachdev and Dr. Upendra Kumar. The debate leads towards various ways of understanding the subject matter under scrutiny.

The teams which secured the winning positions are as follows:

First prize: Jatin and Vinayak Gupta, Hindu College, Delhi University

Second prize: Shilpa Sneha and Shagun, Miranda House, Delhi University

Third prize: Sudeep and Priyanshu, Jamia Millia Islamia University

Best interjectors: Veronica, Janki Devi Memorial College-Delhi University and Rajesh Kumar Jha, Ambedkar University

Best speaker: Shagun, Miranda House, Delhi University

सिम्फनी रिपोर्ट
जानकी देवी महाविद्यालय, दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय
कक्षसंख्या- 16, समय- प्रातः 11:30     
महाविद्यालय के वार्षिक उत्सव के रूप में प्रत्येक वर्ष की भाँति इस बार भी ‘सिम्फनी’ का 8/01/2020 से 10/01/2020 तक आयोजन किया गया । इसके अन्तर्गत संस्कृत-विभाग के द्वारा भी ‘संसृष्टि’ नामक विभागीय कार्यक्रम का सफलतापूर्वक संचालन किया गया । इसी श्रृंखला में ‘श्लोकावृत्ति’ एवं ‘प्रश्नमंच’ नामक दो अन्तर्महाविद्यालयी प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन किया गया । जिसमें दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय एवं अन्य महाविद्यालयों (श्री लालबहादुरशास्त्री) से अनेक छात्र-छात्राओं से भाग लिया । दोनों ही प्रतियोगिताओं में 10 से अधिक छात्र-छात्राओं ने भाग लिया ।
सर्वप्रथम मुख्य अतिथि के रूप में उपस्थित लेडी श्रीराम महाविद्यालय के संस्कृत विभाग की अध्यक्षा डॉ. वन्दना एस. भान महोदया एवं निर्णायकगण के रूप में उपस्थित जानकी देवी मेमोरियल महाविद्यालय के गणित विभाग की प्राध्यापिका डॉ. शारदा गौतम महोदया ने दीपप्रज्ज्वलन करके कार्यक्रम का शुभारंभ किया । संस्कृत-विभाग की ओर से प्रत्येक वर्ष आयोजित की जाने वाली श्लोकावृत्ति प्रतियोगिता में प्रतिभागी छात्र-छात्राओं के द्वारा शंकराचार्य के गुरु-अष्टकम् नामक स्त्रोत्र का गायन किया गया । जिसमें उच्चारण, स्वर, लय आदि के आधार पर पुरस्कार दिये गये-
प्रथम पुरस्कार – शुभम शर्मा ( रामजस महाविद्यालय )
द्वितीय पुरस्कार – विश्वम्भरा ( सेंट स्टीफन्स महाविद्यालय )
तृतीय पुरस्कार – सूर्यभान यादव ( हंसराज महाविद्यालय)
सांत्वना पुरस्कार – निकिता (कालिंदी महाविद्यालय), मनकञ्चन- (इंद्रप्रस्थ महाविद्यालय)


कक्षसंख्या- 16, समय- मध्यान्ह 1:00
प्रश्न मंञ्च प्रतियोगिता में संस्कृत-व्याकरण, साहित्य, वेद, आयुर्वेद, दर्शन आदि विभिन्न क्षेत्रों से प्रश्न पूछे गये । इस प्रतियोगिता के विजेता छात्र इस प्रकार हैं –
प्रथम पुरस्कार – मोनिका, अन्शु कुमार ( लाल बहादुर शास्त्री विद्यापीठ )
द्वितीय पुरस्कार – शारदा प्रसाद, राहुल कुमार (हंसराज महाविद्यालय )
तृतीय पुरस्कार – तुषार गाँधी, विश्वम्भरा ( सेंट स्टीफन्स महाविद्यालय )


अंत में सभी का धन्यवाद ज्ञापन करते हुए कार्यक्रम का सफलता पूर्वक समापन हुआ ।


The three day extravaganza, Symphony- The Annual Cultural Fest of Janki Devi Memorial College kick started with enlightening performances and a bulk of participation, on 8th Jan, 2020.

This year, in accordance with its theme, "The Cutting Edge", Symphony was an amalgam of competitions and performances in their most advanced forms. This year, Symphony was celebrated not only as a fest, but as a symbol of tranquillity and unity against violence, in which students wore black throughout to support the cause. Symphony was celebrated to unite hearts with peace and harmony in the tough times of violence and brutality against educational institutions.

With around 30 events spread over three days, the first day had Munadi-The Street Play Competition as the main attraction of the day. While day 2 was full of competitions that searched for talents, highlight of the day being Footloose-The Western Dance Competition &Jhankaar-The Folk Dance Competition.

The fest had amazing food and shopping stalls set up with brands like La Pino Pizza, Burger Club, Kaarobaar, etc. with items ranging from stoles and jewellery to stationary and chocolates.

The third day of the fest began with competitions such as Aradhi-The Classical Dance Competition, Ragini-Hindustani Classical Solo Vocal, Anjali-Rangoli&Mehendi Competition, etc. and ended on an enthralling note as the one and only JassManak, Punjabi Singer & Song-writer sang his best compositions like Lehenga, Prada and Viah along with few Punjabi and Bollywood songs.

Symphony received a huge footfall and was celebrated with great zeal.

Overall, the fest marked a successful beginning of 2020 for Janki Devi Memorial College.

Symphony-Day 1

The three day extravaganza, Symphony- The Annual Cultural Fest of Janki Devi Memorial College with its theme The Cutting Edge kick started with enlightening performances & a bulk of participation.

Symphony is a way towards peace and harmony of hearts in the times of brutality and inhumanity. Joining hands with students across universities, Janki Devi Memorial College witnessed the very first & biggest cultural protest, SYMPHONY. JDMC strongly condemns the violent attacks against the student community and stands in solidarity with everybody who has been victimized by it.

Nupur, the Indian classical dance society, performed a piece Hamsadhwani, as part of the Inaugural function of Symphony 2020. Our principal Dr. Swati Pal addressed the audience leading towards a thought provoking, interactive session.

Many competitions were held, including Munadi-The Street Theatre Competition, which marked the bond between art & social issues. This year Munadi was conducted under the theme of "Students against violence". The Department of Philosophy organised the Nandita Rajguru Memorial Debate on the topic "Humans turning into cyborgs makes the need of preservation of natural resources redundant." There were 15 teams who came from across various Delhi University colleges. Impreneurs- The Entrepreneurship Cell of the college organised Start Up Combat which aimed to provide great opportunities to get ideas for funding your business plans, feedback on your strategic plan, and exposure to the right audience. A Photo exhibition by the photography and film society- Lumiere was also put up, enlightening the photography talents of students. Samdrishti, a Sanskrit recitation and quiz was also held, which embarked the importance of Sanskrit literature. Jambalaya- a collage making competition helped students dwell into the pool of creativity through their arts. Various kinds of stalls were set up by different brands like Burger Club, Sardar-ji-Baksh, La Pino'z pizza, The grub company etc. There were various stalls where Stuff like notebooks, stationary, jewellery boxes, stole, mufflers, chunk jewellery, beaded jewellery, handmade jewellery, gift pouches, homemade chocolates and sweets were available.The day 1 of the fest concluded by lighting of candles and raising of slogans against the recent atmosphere of violence, by Principal, Dr. Swati Pal, teaching staff and students.STUDENTS UNITE…. IN SOLIDARITY AGAINST VIOLENCE

Symphony-Day 2

The day 2 of Symphony began with great enthusiasm and solidarity as respected principal ma'am made all take a pledge to stand in solidarity against violence. Jhankaar- the Folk Dance Society of JDMC performed on the beats of Chhattisgarh, inaugurating the Folk Dance Competition, which made everyone drool into the spirit of diversity. The Western Dance Competition, Footloose kept the dynamism alive as various dance societies from universities across Delhi-NCR performed energetically.

Various literature-related competitions such as, Bardolatory-Slam Poetry Competition, Sahityiki- Hindi Quiz and Jabberwocky- turncoat debate were also held. Q&A- The quiz show was conducted by the quiz society of the college. The topic of the quiz was Delhi Belly, to cherish the spirit of Delhi. The photography society's photo exhibition was one of the main attractions of the day.

A solo singing & instrumental competition for students with disabilities was also organized, to inculcate and nurture their talent.

While competitions like Ad Mad, Paper Mania-Fun with Paper, Slogan Writing helped students channel their creativity into exciting prizes.

At last, Silent owl made everyone groove on their beats as Silent Disco was organised in the college premises.

Overall, the day two of Symphony was successful in uniting hearts through culture in these tough times of brutality against students & teachers.


Symphony-Day 3

Third and Final day of Symphony kick started with a pledge by the Principal, teachers and students, as they stand in solidarity against violence. Thereafter, cultural programmes helped in synchronizing with peace and harmony, in the tough times of violence against institution. Nupur, The Classical Dance Society organised Aradhi - Indian classical solo dance competition. 21 participants from various colleges of Delhi participated in the event.

Create from Waste competition was also held which promoted and raised awareness about how important recycling is. Euphonie, The Western Music Society conducted music competition in which many different colleges participated and showcased their talents. Followed up by other amazing events events like Ragini -Hindustani classical vocal solo, Mathbola-the Mathematical Tambola and Anjali- Rangoli and Mehendi competition.

The fest ended on a thrilling note as Punjabi Singer & Song-writer Jass Manak enchanted the audience with his popular songs, Lehenga, Prada and Viah along with some Punjabi & Bollywood mixes. The crowd's zeal aced throughout the concert and inclusively, Symphony marked a successful beginning of 2020 for Janki Devi Memorial College.