“Oration” the BCG Inter-school elocution competition was conducted by "Gurukul Skylights" for the students of Bombay Cambridge Gurukul schools. The event was conducted at Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya (Malad) and 19 students from class 7 & 8 represented their school.
Students participated in 5 categories. The material for poetry recitation (group and individual), and speech was given to students in advance to prepare, where as the other categories required students to prepare on the day itself.

A description of each category is given below:

Group Poetry Recitation: 10 students of class 7 and 8 participated in this category. This was a choral group recitation that required students to recite the poem aloud in unison.

Speech: Students of class 8 were given 3 topics to choose from. They were expected to prepare their speech in advance. Each student had to deliver their speech in a way that would motivate students in the audience to participate in the cause/ event that was being presented before them.

Dialogue: Students of class 8 participated in this event. Two students per school had to engage in a conversation for at least 2 minutes on the situation given to them. They were given 5 minutes to prepare before delivering their dialogue.

Individual Poetry Recitation: Students of class 8 were given three poems to choose from. They were required to learn and recite their selected poem on the day of the competition.

Readers Theatre: 5 students of class 7 were given short stories in the form of script 45 minutes prior to their event. They were required to read the script to the audience using only their voice to express and convey the story.

The winners of Oration 2016-17 were:

Event Winner Names School
Poetry Recitation (group)
Joshua Moonjelil
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Malad
Hosang Shukla
Reeth Anand
Shravani Wayangankar
Tanmoy Das
Kadambari Naik
Druhita Singh
Kshitja Saitavdekar
Aryan Kappor
Bharat Manwani
Sereena Kadiwar
Bombay Cambridge School, Andheri (West)
Dialogue (Improv)
Aditi Nair
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Borivali
Avi Mandavia
Poetry Recitation (Solo)
Yana Mistry
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Malad
Readers Theater (Team)
Mahika Panicker
Veer Bhagat Singh Vidyalaya
Rahul Jethva
Dhruv Kamath
Khushi Bhatt
Hannah Mathai

Judges for the Event

Royston Braganza: Royston is a much sought after speaker and in the past couple of weeks was invited to speak at the G8 impact summit in Lisbon and the Asian Civil Society event in Thailand. He is also a motivational speaker and works a lot with youth including being a part of a unique mentoring program called Take Charge. Now as chief executive officer of Mumbai-based Grameen Capital India Ltd., an investment bank focused on helping microfinance institutions connect with capital markets and raise funds, Mr. Braganza is on the front line promoting microfinance as a sustainable way to eradicate poverty.

Sapna Bajaj Sawant: She teaches spoken English, elocution, and debating. She also has experience with the world of media, having worked for almost 10 years as a print journalist, which includes a stint with Times of India, and then working in television, working in both the US and India. She has produced both serials and news-based programmes.
Sapna has been conducting creative writing classes in Mumbai for the past 13 years for children and adults, under the banner, Write Right.

Divya Bhatia: Divya is an experienced, versatile and independent arts professional who has had, and continues to, have his hand in many pies! He has worked extensively in theatre and music in India and overseas, as director, producer, actor and consultant. We will have time to touch on just a little part of his work.
Currently, Divya is the Festival Director of Jodhpur RIFF, an international roots music festival. In addition, Divya is also the Strategy Consultant at the G5A, Mumbai, a foundation that runs a café-theatre space with extensive community engagement.
Outside of this, Divya has been an Artistic Consultant and Workshop facilitator in the Corporate, Education and Non-Profit sectors for over 20 years. He is deeply passionate about developing human potential and the use and application of the arts in civil society. He has been conducting numerous arts-based development workshops for young people across schools and venues in Mumbai city since 2004.

Click here to view a sample of our prize winning trophy for Student Oration.