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B. L. Modi Memorial Inter School English Elocution Competition 2023

Organiser: Bishop Cotton School, Shimla
Venue : Bishop Cotton School, Shimla

Chief Guests:

Day 1: Mrs. Pratibha Chauhan, Journalist, The Tribune
Day 2: Mrs. Anuja Sharma, Professor, Department of English, St Bede’s

On 21st and 22nd July 2023 from 9.00 am onwards
In the bustling corridors of Shimla schools, an air of excitement and anticipation has been
filling the atmosphere as students have been gearing up for the annual Elocution
Extravaganza at Bishop Cotton School! In this grand spectacle of eloquence, young minds are
embarking on a captivating journey of self-discovery through the art of expression. Amidst
the vibrant chaos of rehearsals, students immerse themselves in the enchanting world of
poetry, prose, and drama. With wide-eyed enthusiasm, they unravel the timeless verses of
Frost, the enchanting tales of Dickens, and the gripping dialogues of Shakespeare, finding
inspiration in every word. Each day is a delightful adventure, as they hone their intonation,
perfect their gestures, and bring characters to life. The anticipation of the stage ignites an
electric fervour, propelling them to push boundaries and explore the depths of their
emotions. As the curtains draw near, hearts race with excitement, and dreams are woven into
the tapestry of every syllable spoken. The journey to the Elocution Competition is not just
about winning; it is about unlocking the magic within themselves and embracing the power
of words to captivate hearts and minds. With newfound courage and eloquence, these
students are ready to paint the stage with their brilliance, leaving the audience in awe and
sparking a fire of inspiration in every spectator’s soul.
Bishop Cotton School is organising an Inter-school English Elocution Competition for the
schools in and around Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. This competition is being held every year
for the past 24 years.
Objective: The aim of this competition is to encourage good English-speaking as an
essential skill and an area of interest, at least two prizes will be awarded for each Division,
Best Speaker and Most Promising Speaker. It also aims to provide a platform for the school
students of Shimla to meet, interact and learn from each other.
Mr. B. L. Modi served as a teacher in Bishop Cotton School from October 1966 to July 1982.
He was the Head of Department for Mathematics. He was also Housemaster of Ibbetson
House. Mr. Modi was known for his punctuality and good turnout. He is very popular among
Old Cottonians and the Board of Governors of the school. His lessons in Geometry were very
well known and students had great regard for him. Mr. Modi, unfortunately, left us very
suddenly in 1982, but his great legacy of knowledge and dedication lives on in the school and
among his students. This competition has been initiated by the school in his memory and
will continue to remind us and inspire us of his service to the school and to the students

There will be five divisions as follows:
 Junior Division : Poetry (Class 3,4 and 5)
 Intermediate Division (A) : Poetry (Class 6 and7)
 Intermediate Division (B) : Prose (Class 8)
 Senior Division : Drama (Classes 9 and 10)
 Open Division : Turn-Coat (Classes 11 and 12)
 Participant Schools:

  1. Auckland House School for Boys
  2. Auckland House School for Girls
  3. Chapslee School
  4. Convent of Jesus and Mary
  5. DAV School
  6. Loreto House, Tara Hall
  7. St. Edwards’ School
  8. Shimla Public School
  9. Bishop Cotton School, Shimla
Day 2 – the senior school participants and judges
Day 2 – the senior winners group photo

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