Inter-collegiate Drama Competitions

Intercollegiate Drama Competition 2014

The Fourth Annual Shakespeare Society of India Drama Competition was held on 5 March, 2014 at the ILLL Auditorium, University of Delhi. Teams from different colleges of the University of Delhi as well as one from Jadavpur University participated in the event. Like last year, this year too, teams were free to present Shakespeare in original, in translation or in an adaptation. A fabulous variety ranging from authentic to highly innovative entertained the audience with a full day of performances.
The judges were Prof. R.W. Desai and Ms. Davinder Mohini Ahuja.
The following teams participated:
1. Bharti College
2. Bhaskarachargya College
3. Delhi College of Arts and Commerce
4. Deshbandhu College
5. Dyal Singh College (E)
6. Indraprastha College for Women
7. Jadavpur University, West Bengal
8. Janki Devi Mahavidyalay
9. Jesus and Mary College
10. Lady Shri Ram College
11. PGDAV (M)
12. Shyama Prasad Mukherji College
13. Shyam Lal College

List of Prize Winners
1. Best Team: Lady Shri Ram College
2. Second Best Team: Jadavpur University
3. Third Best Team: Janki Devi Mahavidyalay
4. Best Costumes: Jesus and Mary College
5. Best Production Design: PGDAV (M) College
6. Best Special Effects: Jadavpur University
7. Most Original Concept: Deshbandhu College
8. Special Mention: The “chorus” in Coriolanus by Janki Devi Mahavidyalay
9. Special Mention for Acting: Gaurav Singh Panwar of PGDAV (M) College as Cassius
10. First Prize for Acting: Natallia Khanijo of LSR as Desdemona/Ophelia
11. Second Prize for Acting: Chhaya Karnatak of Dyal Singh (E) College as Lady Macbeth
12. Third Prize for Acting: Shruti Sahu of Deshbandhu College as Shylock

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Intercollegiate Drama Competition 2013 Report  

The Third Annual Shakespeare Society of India Drama Competition was held on 23 January, 2013 at the SP Jain Auditorium, University of Delhi, South Campus.  There were ten teams competing, including a team from Jadavpur University—so our little event has grown by leaps and bounds and is now attracting national attention!

The mandate this time was Shakespeare in English or in adaptation.  We had a veritable dramatic feast on our hands, with Romeo and Juliet in Punjabi, complete with boisterous bhangra (Dyal Singh Eve.), Hermia and Helena’s dialogue in A Midsummer Night’s Dream enacted in Bengali, Punjabi, Hindi, Malaylam and English (JDM,) the backstory of Lear’s daughters or how Goneril and Regan became the cold and pitiless women of Shakespeare’s play (IP,) the trial scene from the Merchant of Venice with sumptuous costumes (JMC,) a Hindi adaptation of the Gloucester-Edgar-Edmund imbroglio with a female angle added (Shyam Lal College,) a highly original take on Hamlet, or Homlet as it was called with the characters fighting over a poultry farm (Venkateswera,) a vibrant Hindi folk adaptation of Falstaff and his antics in Henry IV Part 1 (LSR) and the assassination of Julius Caesar complete with a female Brutus, gobs of tomato paste for blood and a seating arrangement very reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper (St. Stephen’s).  Some teams attempted very difficult and complex scenes like the death of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (PGDAV).  The costumes were bright and vibrant, music was used to telling effect, the acting superlative and the interpretations fresh.  The Jadavpur team did a take on the play within the play (Hamlet) making their enactment too take the form of an embedded narrative: a group cheekily getting ready to perform at the SSI competition in Delhi!  They played around playfully with heavily accented English.  In some productions, one actor played multiple roles, an approach to theatre at once economic and avant garde.

The auditorium was packed to capacity and it was to the credit of the young performers that very often there was pin drop silence and loud laughter right on cue.  The judges were Dr. Angelie Multani from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, whose area of specialisation is Indian theatre, Mr. Anirudh Nair, a member of who has dealt with theatre in schools for many years and Prof. Shormishtha Panja, President, SSI. All the judges admitted that judging the competition was really difficult because there were so many excellent performances.

List of Participating Teams

  1. Dyal Singh College (E)
  2. Indraprastha College for Women
  3. Jadavpur University, West Bengal
  4. Janki Devi Mahavidyalay
  5. Jesus and Mary College
  6. Lady Shri Ram College
  7. PGDAV (M)
  8. Shyam Lal College
  9. Sri Venkateswara College
  10. St. Stephen’s College

The following prizes were given:

Best Team (SSI Rolling Trophy): Sri Venkateswara College

2nd Best Team: LSR College

3rd Best Team: Jadavpur University

First Prize, Acting: Shantanu Anam, Sri Venkateswara College

Second Prize, Acting: Sanjana Verma, JDM College

Third Prize, Acting:  Arkaprabha Chakraborty, Jadavpur University

Best Original Concept: Sri Venkateswara College

Best Production Design: LSR College

Best Special Effects: St. Stephen’s College

Best Costumes: LSR College

Special Mention for Overall Production Excellence: Janki Devi Memorial College and St. Stephen’s College

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Intercollegiate Drama Competition Report 2012

The Shakespeare Society of India organized its second Annual Intercollegiate Drama Competition at S P Jain Auditorium, University of Delhi South Campus on 31 January 2012, which was a great success. Teams were invited to enact any scene or part of a scene from a Shakespeare play and the performances were expected to be of a minimum of 15 minutes’ to a maximum of 30 minutes’ duration.  A total of 11 teams from different colleges gave excellent performances and kept the audiences riveted for over 5 hours. The event was judged by Mr. Rajinder Nath and Mr. Dilip Basu.

The following teams participated in the event:

Name of College Play from which the scene was chosen
Bharti College Macbeth
Gargi College A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I P College Othello
Janki Devi Memorial College Twelfth Night
Jesus and Mary College Othello
Lady Sri Ram College “Bahar ka Mausam” A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Maharaja Agrasen College As You Like It
PGDAV College (M) Othello
Shivaji College Hamlet
Shyam Lal College (M) Othello
St. Stephen’s College Macbeth

The following prizes were given:

Award College Play from which Scene Chosen/ Character portrayed
Rolling Trophy for Best Performance I P College Othello
Runner Up Team Lady Sri Ram College A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Best Production Design St. Stephen’s College Macbeth
Best Costumes Lady Sri Ram College A Midsummer Night’s Dream
First Prize for Individual Performance St. Stephen’s College Macbeth/ Macbeth
Second Prize for Individual Performance Gargi College A Midsummer Night’s Dream/ Bottom
Third Prize for Individual Performance I P College Othello/ Emilia

As part of its activities, the Shakespeare Society of India holds an annual inter-collegiate Shakespeare Drama Competition. This time it will be held on 31 January 2012. We request you to send a team of students from your college to enact any scene or part of a scene from a Shakespeare play. Students may choose to do the scene from the English Shakespeare text or in translation into an Indian language. The performance should be of a minimum of15 minutes’ to a maximum of 30 minutes’ duration, and will be judged by eminent theatre personalities. A rolling trophy will be awarded to the best team and there will be several other team and individual prizes.

The last drama competition held on 20 January 2011 at Khalsa College Auditorium had elicited very enthusiastic participation from many colleges of the University of Delhi. The event was marked by a remarkably high level of inertest by students and teachers and had some excellent performances. You may see a full report of the event as well as a few pictures by scrolling down this page.

Please send a mail expressing your interest along with the name of the play as well as the act and the scene chosen by 18 November 2011.

Intercollegiate Drama Competition 2011 Report

The Shakespeare Society of India organized an Intercollegiate Drama Competition at Khalsa College Auditorium on 20 January 2011, which elicited enthusiastic participation from many Colleges. Teams were invited to enact any scene or part of a scene from a Shakespeare play and the performances were expected to be of a minimum of 15 minutes’ to a maximum of 30 minutes’ duration.  A total of 10 teams from 9 Colleges participated in the event and presented performances that were remarkably engaging, creative and polished.

The show was judged by Mr. Rajinder Nath, the acclaimed director and theatre person, and Prof. R. W. Desai, the ex-President of SSI and Retired Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi. The judges faced an extremely challenging task of selecting one team for the rolling trophy for best performance and three actors for individual prizes from an abundance of extremely good individual and team work shown by the participants. With the general consensus that there were several strong contenders for the few awards available, the prizes were given to the following:

Award College Play from which Scene Chosen/ Character portrayed
Rolling Trophy for Best Performance St. Stephen’s College Othello
First Prize for Individual Performance St. Stephen’s College Othello/ Iago
Second Prize for Individual Performance Dyal Singh College Antony and Cleopatra/ Cleopatra
Third Prize for Individual Performance Gargi College Macbeth/ Hecate

The full list of participating teams and the scenes presented is as follows:

College Play from which Scene Chosen
Bharti C Antony and Cleopatra
Dayal Singh C (E) Group A HamletGroup B Antony and Cleopatra
Gargi College Macbeth
JDM C As You Like It
Maharaja Agrasen C A Midsummber Night’s Dream
Motilal Nehru C (M) Julius Caesar
PGDAV C (M) The Merchant of Venice
Satyawati C (E) Macbeth
St. Stephens C Othello

It was heartening to see how hard the students had worked in learning their lines. Even in scenes with a great many people everything went smoothly. Costumes were elaborate.  The Bharti College girls wore splendid suits of armour and authentic helmets while playing a scene from Antony and Cleopatra.  The Maharaja Agrasen students had painted their arms and covered them with paper leaves: this made even the forest in A Midsummer Night’s Dream into a character.  There were so many outstanding performances that the judges must have had a very difficult time.  Some fine performances were Othello in the St. Stephen’s scene, the Gravedigger in Dyal Singh (Eve.,) Shylock and Antonio in PGDAV College and Cleopatra and Proculeius in Bharti College.  Maharaja Agrasen’s scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream was visually stunning with the elaborate costumes, the choreography, the use of projected images and the music.  The St. Stephen’s scene was stark, elegant and minimal in the use of black costumes and choric figures who constantly commented on the action, their voices overlapping and rising to a confused babble to suggest the evils of rumour.  All the participants and the teachers who trained and directed them deserve a standing ovation!  A special vote of thanks to Dr. Jaswinder Singh, the Principal of S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, who so generously gave us the use of the auditorium, provided refreshments to all the participants and even spared time from his busy schedule to watch the event.  After this glorious start, we look forward to making this event an annual one.

St. Stephen’s College students in a scene from Othello

Another scene from Othello

A scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the students of Maharaja Agrasen College

The Gravedigger’s scene from Hamlet presented by the students of Dyal Singh (E) College

Bharti College students in a scene from Antony and Cleopatra

Another scene from Bharti College performance

A scene from The Merchant of Venice performed by PGDAV (M) studetns

One response to “Inter-collegiate Drama Competitions

  1. Nivedita Basu

    The photographs make the account quite lively!

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