MITRAKSHAR, THE LITERARY SOCIETY OF KALINDI COLLEGE
REPORT OF MITRAKSHAR, ENGLISH LITERARY SOCIETY 2016-17
Convener: Ms. Monica Zutshi
Coordinators: Ms. Shipra Gupta, Ms. Surabhi Jayati Purty
President - Lipika Jain (III H)
Vice president - Yasha Kapoor (III H)
General secretary- Shweta Kalra (II H)
Joint secretary - Shriya Bajpai (I H)
Volunteer Coordinators - Chahat Batra (II H), Swati Yadav (III H), Samriddhi Raj (I H)
Creative Coordinators - Shirvari Gupta (III H), Kanika Attri (II H), Mahima Bansal (I H)
Photography - Monika Nagnyal (I H)
Finance and Publicity: Rachna (III H)
Sakshi Sharma (III H)
Chayanika Verma (III H)
Bhavya Srivastava (I H)
REPORT ON IMPORTANT EVENTS HELD BY THE ENGLISH LITERARY SOCIETY “MITRAKSHAR” IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017
The English Literary Society, “Mitrakshar” regularly organises various academic and cultural events for the students to support academic excellence, and provide students opportunities to exhibit their talents as well as express and explore their creative skills.
The events organised during the July -November 2016 semester are as follows:
FRESHERS’ WELCOME (HELD on 27th OCTOBER 2016)
A one-day event was organised on 27th October 2016 to formally welcome the first year B.A. (Hons.) English students into the department and society. A very graceful classical dance by a second year student Ms. Sukanya ushered us into an eventful day of welcome, learning and celebration.
To make this event an enriching one, Sanskrit academician and teacher Dr. Deepak Kalia (Assistant Professor, Department of Sanskrit, Zakir Hussain College) was invited to address the students on the theme of Indian Classical Literature. She gave an enriching talk on various forms of drama in Sanskrit literature, its components and its adaptations, which provided the students insights into the texts that are a part of their syllabus.
This was followed by a modern-day rendition of the episode of “Disrobing of Draupadi” from the Mahabharata, which was splendidly performed and directed by the second year B.A. (Hons.) English students. A plethora of performances in the form of dance, soulful singing and remarkable poetic renditions marked the day.
The first year B.A. (Hons.) English students then sashayed on the stage displaying their talents as they competed for the title of Miss Fresher. After multiple rounds of questions and literary quizzes, Radhika was declared as Miss Fresher and Samriddhi as the First Runner Up.
INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMPETITIONS (HELD ON 3rd NOVEMBER 2016)
Inter-Departmental Competition was held on 3rd November 2016, which saw participants from across departments in various competitions held by the Literary Society. Details of the events and the winners are as given below:
TINY TALES(A story in a maximum of 50 words)
JUDGES: Ms. Paveine Vehmai & Ms. Tanya Singh
FIRST PRIZE: Khansa Kubra, II(H) English
SECOND PRIZE: Samriddhi, I(H) English
TURN-COAT(2 minutes for the topic & 2 minutes against the topic)
JUDGES: Ms. Shipra Jindal & Ms. Sneha Sawai
FIRST PRIZE: Srishti, I(H) Journalism
SECOND PRIZE: Bhawna, I(H) Journalism
POETRY RECITATION COMPETITION(Self-composed poetry)
JUDGES: Ms. Ch. Anupama & Ms. B. Lakshmi Priya
FIRST PRIZE: Khansa Kubra, II(H) English
SECOND PRIZE: Suguna Ganguly, I(H) English
BOOK-COVER DESIGNING(Book of one’s own choice)
JUDGES: Mr. Prabhat Rana & Ms. Surabhi J. Purty
FIRST PRIZE: Shweta Kalra, II(H) English
SECOND PRIZE: Chayanika, III(H) English
LECTURE-CUM-DEMONSTRATION ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING (HELD ON 7th NOVEMBER 2016)
Dr. Mukti Sanyal, Acting Principal and Associate Professor, Bharati College presented a lecture-cum-demonstration of a model ELT class and its principles to the second year B.A. (Hons.) English students on 7th November 2016. In her activities-based talk on English Language Teaching, Dr. Sanyal emphasised the integration of both fun and learning to make for effective language learning.
She focused on lesson planning and its centrality in providing both focus as well as content to the real practice of classroom teaching for students of English language at different levels of learning and proficiency. The session was divided into two parts: the first being the section on activities and demonstration, and the second on the explanation of the planning of lessons and activities for language teaching.
The entire workshop was oriented to present methods of planning lessons for students of specific age brackets and proficiencies. All students participated in each of the activities and thus learnt how to plan lessons and to teach effectively. They thoroughly enjoyed the activities and the learning embedded in them.
TALK ON JEAN GENET BY DR. PAYAL NAGPAL (HELD ON 28th February 2017)
Dr. Payal Nagpal, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Janki Devi Memorial College, addressed students on Jean Genet’s play The Balcony. She spoke about the themes of various repressive state apparatus and their unfolding in the play. Bringing in both the Marxist perspective through Althusser’s ideas and the Poststructuralist perspective through Foucault’s idea of the Panopticon, Dr. Nagpal spoke about the playwright’s deconstruction of power and its abuse. She also quoted extensively from Genet’s other plays, poems and prose to explain the playful and radical potential of Genet as an artist. In her interaction with the students, Dr. Nagpal showed students how they could defend and substantiate different opinions on the play and its characters that they may hold.
ANNUAL INTER-COLLEGE DEPARTMENT FEST (HELD ON 21st March 2017)
Mitrakshar, The English Literary Society, Kalindi College organized its Annual Fest on 21st March 2017 on the theme “SUPERHEROES- THE REAL FICTION”
“With great power comes great responsibility” ~ Spiderman
The superhero figures, aided by their fabulous powers, have taken on villains to free the community from the excesses of tyranny. Can we then extend our imagination beyond these larger than life, ultra human figures like Iron man, Spider man, catwoman, black widow or hulk? Can we re-imagine the category of the superhero in a more inclusive manner to accommodate human figures, people with no supernatural powers but with an indomitable will to bring about a change in society? Can figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Draupadi and Bhagat singh, who have questioned the wrongs around them, also be superheroes in their own right?
“We create our own Demons,” declares Iron man. In today's world, despite democracy, not everyone can claim the right to speech, the right to wear the clothes we like, or even the right to live. In an increasingly hostile world, what do we really need? A new brand of superheroes? Can the superhero rescue us from the excesses practised around us in myriad spaces?
The Chief Guest for the fest was Mr. Arpit Bhargav, Managing Director, Creative Team, Diamond Comics, the publishers of one of the most celebrated Indian Superheroes, Chacha Chaudhury and Saboo. He spoke about the need for a new Indian Superhero. He openly invited new talent to join his organization, exhorting students to use their skills in drawing and writing to make an impact on the youth.
The programme started with the event of creative writing competition which was named as “Writers of the Galaxy”. Participants were shown a short clip around which they were to interpret around the theme of Superheroes. Khansa Kubra and Ayushi Sharma were judged first and second winners in this competition.
Our Chief Guest Mr. Bhargav kindly consented to be one of the judges of our Super Sellers (Ad mad) competition. The winners of the event were Sumedha Saini and Jancy- Gitanjali.
Other competitions later held included Slam Poetry which was won by Khansa Kubra (first prize) and Shweta Kalra (second prize); and Costume Designing in which the team of Sumedha Saini and Monica Arora were declared first and that of Shirvari Gupta and Swati Yadav second.
As part of the fun, some filler competitions such as Riddler’s Riddles (Quiz Competition) and Masters of the Mime (Dumb Charades) were conducted.
We ended the beautiful day with a Treasure Hunt entitled “Mission-Find Tesseract”, where the participants pretended to be the spies of S.H.I.E.L.D and tried finding avengers so that they can avenge the Earth. The competition was won by Anchal Khanna and Chayanika Verma.
TALK ON ROMANTIC POETRY BY MS. SHERINA JOSHI (HELD ON 24th March 2017)
Ms. Sherina Joshi, Associate Professor, Department of English, Deshbandhu College spoke about the radical and liberal potential of the Romantic poets. Starting from the classical period to the Modernists, she charted out the various kinds of movements and churning that Europe and the British in particular were undergoing. Her focus remained the various kinds of subversive ideas and their reflection in the Romantic poets as a heterogeneous group and in each of the important Romantic poets in particular
TALK ON "FOLK LITERATURE" BY Dr. SUMITRA THOIDINGJAM (ON 20th APRIL, 2017)
Dr. SUMITRA Thoudibgjam, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jamia Milia Islamia University, began her lecture with the problematics of the ambit of Folk Literature and the conflicting definitions that surround the study of folk and along with it the problem of methodology. The aspect of this literature being a marker of collective memory which poses a threat of losing its essence of being called folk once documented, yet the pressing need to document it, was an area that she discussed extensively with reference to German, Swedish and Sanskrit methodologies.
The widely accepted notion of antiquity of folklore was debunked by Dr. Thoidingjam with arguments based on morphology which is a scientific approach to the genealogical representation of myth, an important aspect of folklore. With reference to theories of French anthropologists, a facet of myth as a functionary of language which is culture specific , was used by the speaker to outline the global link of folk across continents.
Interesting insights were given where Folk was incorporated in electronic and social media like video games where the mechanisms of folklore happen to be the foundation stone of their existence.