Creation of the Department of Creativity was an innovative idea. The students of the college had been performing quite well at various University level, inter college cultural event—Youth Festival from 2008 itself. The budding talent amongst the students was visible, and it was felt, it needed chiseling and polishing.
The college has neither a sanctioned department of Performing Arts neither has there any scope for getting the posts of teachers sanctioned by the Government. It was felt that some training and teaching of Music, Dance, Drama, Fine Arts would make our students more proficient and skilled.
With the above perspective in view, it was decided by the core committee of the college administration to have a department of Creativity in the college. The department was started on 16th February, 2012 with great fanfare and it was decided that the students enrolled who could spare time in this department will not be charged any extra fee for teaching and training. And serious efforts were made to enlist some eminent coaches from various sister institutions, who could spare some time for taking classes in our college in the afternoon.
These classes started since 2012 with great fanfare where budding artists were being groomed by some of the best coaches available from various sister institutions of Dhanbad, who were being paid by the college for their extra work. The students enrolled were given certificates on successful completion of the course.
The department of Creativity has been further strengthened and better organised with the passage of time. It has also paid rich dividends by making our students win prizes even at the national level.
The following are the celebrated teachers of Music, Dance, Theatre items, Fine Arts and Literary activities who got associated with college in the department of Creativity, and added value to the imaginative idea of the college administration.
Dr. Ranjana Das was appointed co-ordinator of the Depatment of Creativity, who had been associated with the cultural activities of the college for the past 4 years and had shown quality of leadership. Dr. Mina Malkhandi was selected as assistant co-ordinator as also to lead the team in various youth festivals. Similarly many other teachers also co–operated in this work which added strength to the department. The following are the coaches during the last 8 years who have been important resource persons in various fields of cultural activities:-
Music: 1. Shubendu Dev Burman, 2. Romen Mukharjee, 3. Somnath Choudhary, 4. Abhishek Choudhary, 5. Avinash Hazra, 6. Vikash Kumar Solanki, 7. Amarnath Ram, 8. Babu Soais.
Dance: 1. Ms. Thakkar, 2. Ms. Kadambiri, 3. Sunita Mondol.
Theatre: 1. Gautam Viswakarma, 2. Satish Kumar Ram, 3. Swarup Kumar Roy, 4. Ram Murty Phathak, 5. Balwant Kumar.
Fine Arts: 1. Shymal Sen, 2. A.K. Mishra, 3. Bablu Kumar.
Literary Events: Regular Teachers of the Department of English & Hindi.
The above teachers have shown sterling leadership qualities of commitment and have made our department of Creativity a robust organization.
The following students of college have done the college proud by winning not just at the zonal level of youth festival but also at the national level:
1. Ashok Kumar Manjhi - Theatre & Mimicry - 2014
2. Shubhi Baweja - Music - 2016, 2017 & 2018
3. Sweta Ranjan - Music - 2018
4. Astha Ranjan - Music - 2018
5. Adarsh Kumar Sharma - Music - 2018
6. Ayush Vishwakarma - Fine Arts - 2019
The Department of Creativity went from strength to strength and had acquired a identity of its own by 2015. Its classes were organised regularly under the active supervision of the co-ordinator, Dr. Ranjana Das and Dr. Mina Malkhandi, the team leader for organising cultural events. Several new and important personailities were inducted as teachers in the department for training and teaching of the students. Even the number of students enrolled in the department has grown in big number.
The Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag Inter College Youth Festival was hosted by K. B. Women’s College, Hazaribag. A contingent of 40 members led by Dr. Mina Malkhandi participated in that festival. The other teachers who went along with the contingent were Prof. Dipak Kumar and Ms. Pushpa Tewari.
The festival was organised from 10th October to 12th October, 2015 in which the college team performed rather well and bagged as many as 10 prizes.
Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag - 21st Inter College Youth Festival "Jhoomar" - 2015
The following students were selected to represent Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad: 1. Preeti Kumari, 2. Maumita Sarkar, 3. Kusum Kumari, 4. Raj Nandini Kumari, 5. Mini Kumari, 6. Nitya Sahay, 7. Vandana Kumari, 8. Nisha Roy, 9. Shubhi Baweja, 10. Shalini Kanaujia, 11. Ayushi Saha, 12. Ankita Goswami, 13. Rajni Priya, 14. Bimal Kumari, 15. Shakhi Sharma, 16. Shimran Giri, 17. Chainika Bhatt, 18. Manpree Kaur, 19. Md. Tabeez Altaf, 20. Sanjay Kumar Rana, 21. Md. Sheru, 22. Ayush Verma, 23. Ravi Prasad Paul, 24. Arvind Kumar Saw, 25. Rahul Shurekha, 26. Babloo Kumar, 27. Dev Chauhan, 28. Rohit Kumar Mondol, 29. Shobhik Chatterjee, 30. Saurav Dey, 31. Amit Kumar.
The 3rd Annual Day function of the Department of Creativity was organised on 5th December, 2015 in the Multi Purpose Hall of the Women’s Wing of the college. The programme started at 2.20 p.m. with the welcome song by the students. The Principal, Prof. P. Shekhar, welcomed the guests and made the introductory speech. The Co-ordinator of the department, Dr. Ranjana Das, presented the annual report, and highlighted the achievements of the students.
A colourful programme consisting of songs, dances including folk dance and mime was presented by the students of the department of Creativity. Certificates and medals were given to students for their achievements. Finally, Dr. Mina Malkhnadi proposed vote of thanks.
The Youth Festival for the session 2016-17 was organised by the Vinoba Bhave University at the University Headquarters, Hazaribag. The college Youth Festival team of 40 members was led by Dr. Mina Malkhandi, who was ably supported by Prof. Dipak Kumar and Ms. Pushpa Tewari from 20th December 2016 to 22nd December 2016. The team performed very well in all segments of the completion, i.e., Theatre, Fine Arts, Recitation etc. They bagged as many as 15 prizes and the college team was declared runners-up of the festival.
Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag - 22nd Inter College Youth Festival "Jhoomar" - 2016
The following students were selected to represent Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad: 1. Ayushi Saha, 2. Khushi Singh, 3. Jyoti Kumari, 4. Nikhat Khatton, 5. Jyoti Kumari Verma, 6. Sunaina Kumari, 7. Shweta Ranjan, 8. Ashtha Ranjan, 9. Ankita Goswami, 10. Chainika Bhatt, 11. Shubhi Baweja, 12. Nisha Roy, 13. Khushi Singh, 14. Kiran Kumari, 15. Raj Nandini Kumari, 16. Rakhi Dutta, 17. Vandana Kumari, 18. Shimran Giri, 19. Bimla Kumari, 20. Khusbu Kumari, 21. Ghanista Verma, 22. Vaishali Singh, 23. Ayush Vishwakarma, 24. Sandeep Paul, 25. Md. Sheru, 26. Shouvik Chatterjee, 27. Jitendra Kumar Bharadwaj, 28. Ayush Verma, 29. Ravi Prasad Paul, 30. Kinshuk Dawn Modak, 31. Vishal Kumar, 32. Shomnath Dey, 33. Ravi Kumar.
The University Inter College Youth Festival for the session 2017-18 was hosted by St. Colamba’s college at Hazaribag from 13th to 15th December, 2017. The college Youth Festival team consisting of 40 members led by Dr. Mina Malkhandi participated in the festival with sterling performance. Again, Prof. Dipak Kumar, Ms. Pushpa Tewari, were part of the contingent and supported the team management extensively. The college Youth Festival team bagged nine prizes and performed up to their reputation.
The college Youth Festival team participated into the Silver Jubilee year celebration of the Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag on 15th September, 2017. The team was being led by Dr. Mina Malkhandi. The college participated as per rule, in 4 events, i.e., group dance, western vocal solo, on the spot painting and mime. And the college team was adjudged 1st in all events in which they participated.
Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag - 23rd Inter College Youth Festival "Jhoomar" - 2017
The following students were selected to represent Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad: 1. Shubhi Baweja, 2. Kiran Kumari, 3. Shweta Ranjan, 4. Astha Ranjan, 5. Pragiti Singh, 6. Nidhi Kumari, 7. Muskan Kumari, 8. Nikhat Khatoon, 9. Khushi Singh, 10. Jyoti Kumari Verma, 11. Sunaina Kumari, 12. Arshi Azmi, 13. Jyoti Kumari, 14. Sharma Lovely Dipak, 15. Kajal Kumari Sharma, 16. Sheetal Kumari Soni, 17. Sudeshna Banerjee, 18. Shivani Gupta, 19. Akhil Raj Shekhar, 20. Gobind Mishra, 21. Kinshuk Dawn Modak, 22. Ujjawal Dutta, 23. Rishab Kumar Dutta, 24. Saurav Kumar, 25. Jitendra Kumar Bharadwaj, 26. Shovik Chatterjee, 27. Ayush Vishwakarma, 28. Dheeraj Kumar Kurmi, 29. Ravi Prasad Paul.
The 4th Annual Day function of the Department of Creativity was organised on 26th July, 2017 in the Multi Purpose Hall of the Women’s Wing of the college.
The programme began with welcome song by the students of the Department of Creativity. The Co-ordinator, Dr. Ranjana Das, presented a welcome address with elaborate details. Dr .Mina Malkhandi, presented the Annual Report of the department. Speeches were made by the Principal, Prof. P. Shekhar and the Secretary, Sardar D.S. Grewal.
A colourful function consisting of Songs, Dances, Theatre items such as one act play and mime was presented by the students of the department.
Dr. Mina Malkhandi proposed a vote of thanks.
The 5th Annual Day function of the department of Creativity was organised on 20th of January, 2018 .The function was organised in the the Multi Purpose Hall of the Women’s Wing of the college.
The function started with the rendering of a melodious Shabad by the students. Dr. Ranjana Das Co-ordinator of the department made the welcome speech with details of the report of the activities of the department during the year.
It was a cultural event which was presented in a highly entertaining manner by the students, which consisted of songs and dances, one act play, mime etc. Prizes and certificates were given away to the students for their achievement. An inspiring speech was made by the Secretary of the college, Sardar D.S. Grewal.
Prof. P. Shekhar, Principal of the college proposed a vote of thanks. Compering of the programme was done by Dr. Mina Malkhandi.
In 2018, a new university named Binod Bihari Mahto Koyalanchal University, Dhanbad was carved out of Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag. It was decided in the meeting of the Art and Culture Board of the new University, B.B.M.K. University that the 1st Inter College Youth Festival would be organised at Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad.
The 1st B.B.M.K. University Inter College Youth Festival named “ANTARNAD 2018” was organised by Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad from 1st December to 3rd December, 2018 at Sardar J.S. Grewal Auditorium at Bhuda Campus.
The Youth Festival was inaugurated with great fanfare in which who’s who of Dhanbad city and the University were present. The 1st B.B.M.K.U. Youth Festival was won by the host institution Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad by bagging 22 prizes. The team was led by Dr. Mina Malkhandi.
Dr. Ranjana Das was the Organising Secretary of the Youth Festival under the supervision of the Principal and other members of the management. It was a very successful event.
Later the University team selected on the basis of the performance of the artists went to participate in the East Zone Inter University Youth Festival which was organised by Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga(Bihar). In this festival B.B.M.K.U team was selected by Dr. Mina Malkhandi and won two prizes:
1. Group Song Indian
2. Classical Solo
The winners of this festival were selected to represent the zone at the All India Inter University Youth festival organised by the Chandigarh University, Mohali. In this festival also the B.B.M.K.U students won the 2nd prize in Group Song Indian and Classical Solo.
It is noteworthy that out of 5 students who participated in the youth festival from the University at the nationals, all of them were from Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad.
Binod Bihari Mahto Koylanchal University, Dhanbad - 1st Inter College Youth Festival “Antarnad” - 2018
The following students were selected to represent Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad: 1. Sharma Lovely Deepak, 2. Shubhankar Das Gupta, 3. Vivek Bose, 4. Madina Mehfooz, 5. Tanushree, 6. Priyanka Kumari, 7. Shubham Ghosh, 8. Ankit Kumar Sharma, 9. Shurbhi Kashyap, 10. Shubhi Baweja, 11. Shujata Kumari, 12. Shuhani Swarna, 13. Akshat Jaiswal, 14. Swarnim Dey, 15. Niharika Singh, 16. Soni Kumari, 17. Kiran Kumari, 18. Amisha Kumari, 19. Nikhat Khatoon, 20. Nairanjana Chaterjee, 21. Isha Singh, 22. Shimran Chabra, 23. Ekta Kumari Singh, 24. Shristi Singh, 25. Ashtha Ranjan, 26. Alisha Kumari, 27. Sneha Singh, 28. Sweta Ranjan, 29. Ayush Viswakarma, 30. Hitesh Srivastava, 31.Ravi Prasad Paul, 32. Abhijeet Kumar, 33. Adarsh Kumar Sharma, 34. Saurav Prasad.
Binod Bihari Mahto Koylanchal University, Dhanbad - East zone Youth Festival - 2018
The following students were selected to represent Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad: 1. Ayush Viswakarma, 2. Shujata Kumari, 3. Ekta Kumari Singh, 4. Astha Ranjan, 5. Ravi Prasad Paul, 6. Shubhi Baweja, 7. Sweta Ranjan, 8. Kiran Kumari, 9. Adarsh Kumar Sharma, 10. Simran Chabra, 11. Niranjana Chatterjee, 12. Nikhat Katoon, 13. Alisha Kumari, 14. Shuhani Swarna, 15. Sharma Lovely Dipak, 16. Akshat Jaiswal, 17. Swarnim Dey.
The department of Creativity Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad organized a gala function of music and dance on 23rd Feb. 2019 to kick start the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the college named “NOSTALGIA 2019”. The special feature of the programme was that the important personalities who had helped establish and manage the college during its journey of 50 years since 25th November, 1969 were invited, honored and decorated by the college. Sardar G.S. Garcha and Prof. P. Shekhar Principal of the college were honored for their services by the parent body of the college, Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee by awarding them with J.S. Grewal Trophy.
It was a very popular entertaining evening presented by the students of the department of Creativity Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad which consisted of songs and dances.
14 students of the Department of Creativity Guru Nanak College were selected to present a Cultural evening with music and dance at Raj Bhawan, Ranchi to celebrate the “Eve of Baishakhi”. The performance of Guru Nanak College Creativity Department students was appreciated and lauded by one and all present among the distinguished gathering of ladies and gentlemen at Raj Bhawan premises under the august leadership of the Governor her Excellency Smt. Draupadi Murmu.
Another important programme by the Department of Creativity Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad was on 21st April, 2019 “Baishakhi Di Raat”. It was a colourful function presented in the college with the parent body, i.e., Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee in Gurdwara Premises, in which the students of Guru Nanak College Creativity department stole the show by their extraordinary performance of songs and dance.
The Annual Function of the department of Creativity was organised in the college auditorium on 1st May 2019. It was a colourful function presented by the department of Creativity consisting of Dance, Music, Song, Mime, Mimicry etc which was very highly appreciated by the audience.
Another notable event in which the students of the department of Creativity Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad excelled was the Inter University Competition of Youth Festival organised as “Chancellor’s Trophy” at Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi from 25th to 28th May 2019. 15 students from Guru Nanak College Creativity department were part of the University team which was led by Dr. Mina Malkhandi.
This team was adjudged the WINNER of the festival in which the students of the department of Creativity received attention and appreciation and stole the limelight.
Jharkhand Inter University, Ranchi - Youth Festival - 2019
The following students were selected to represent Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad: 1. Simran Chabra, 2. Aysuh Viswakarma, 3. Shujata Kumari, 4. Ekta Kumari Singh, 5. Ravi Prasad Paul, 6. Shubhi Baweja, 7. Sweta Ranjan, 8. Kiran Kumari, 9. Astha Ranjan, 10. Niranjana Chatterjee, 11. Nikhat Khatoon, 12. Alisha Kumari, 13. Shuhani Swarna, 14. Sharma Lovely Dipak, 15. Komal Kumari, 16. Mirnalika Kumari Singh, 17. Akshat Kumar Jaiswal.
Department of Creativity like always, added entertainment with performance of cultural activities by the students’ in the national seminar held on 27th and 28th July, 2019. The seminar was organised by the Department of English and scholars from all over the country and abroad had come to participate in it. With a view to provide some relief from serious business of seminar to the delegates and resource persons as also to showcase their talent, the department of Creativity performed with Folk Dance, Music and Stage Act for 75 minutes. The students gave a beautiful presentation and guests present were delighted and praised the contribution of the Department.
During the celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October, 2019 a discourse by eminent guests and teachers was organised by the college and its NSS Units. The students of the department of Creativity contributed again with their mesmerizing performance of patriotic songs and dances and added beauty and grandeur to the event.
The 2nd Inter College Youth Festival: ’ANTARNAD’ 2019 of the B.B.M.K. University was hosted by SSLNT Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Dhanabd from 6th to 8th November 2019.
Guru Nanak College team contingent of 40 members including the team manager. Dr. Mina Malkhandi and Sardar Daljit Singh and five accompanists participated in the festival. The performance of Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad was noticed and appreciated in the festival right from the cultural procession in which they were adjudged best.
The college team bagged as many as 14 prizes in the festival amid huge rounds of applause by a very appreciative crowd.
Binod Bihari Mahto Koylanchal University, Dhanbad - 2nd Inter College Youth Festival “Antarnad” - 2019
The following students were selected to represent Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad: 1. Madina Mehfooz, 2. Tanushree, 3. Ankit Kumar Sharma, 4. Sujata Kumari, 5. Suhani Swarna, 6. Akshat Jaiswal, 7. Niharika Singh, 8. Soni Kumari, 9. Niranjana Chaterjee, 10. Ekta Kumari Singh, 11. Astha Ranjan, 12. Alisha Kumari, 13. Ayush Viswakarma, 14. Hitesh Srivastava, 15. Ravi Prasad Paul, 16. Krish Raj, 17. Nandini Kumari Sinha, 18. Aryan Sharma, 19. Keshav Kumar, 20. Raushan Kumar, 21. Harshit Rana, 22. Arjun Singh, 23. Vaibhavi Rani, 24. Neha Karmkar, 25. Mrinalika Kumari Singh, 26. Rohan Raj, 27. Kokil Kumbhkar, 28. Rahul Kumar Rajak, 29. Prateek Srivastava, 30. Samar Shashank, 31. Aman Kumar Sinha, 32. Shivam Tripurari, 33. Ritu Kar.
To mark the end of nostalgia which began on 23rd February, 2019 and on the grand completion of 50th year and beginning of 51st year, the Epilogue To Nostalgia had been brilliantly staged on 7th and 8th February, 2020 in Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad.
On 7th February 2020, the lyrical play Heer Ranjha was hosted outdoors in the open air.
More than 500 people of the city witnessed the play in a winter showery night. The sporadic drizzles made the tragic love saga additionally emotive. The play “Heer Ranjha” was given the touch of class by the directorial team of Sukhneet Chahal and Daljeet Kaur, almost taking it to the transcendental level of love. The audience could feel the poignant flavour of love throughout.
The program began with the welcome address by the principal Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad, Prof. P. Shekhar. The president of the college Sardar R. S. Chahal introduced the theme of the play and explained how the love between Heer and Ranjha was taken to the level of sublime, almost taking it to the form of worship and spirituality.
The secretary of the college Sardar D. S. Grewal proposed the vote of thanks and appreciated the students of the college for their wonderful performance. The evening ended with the delicious dinner.
The play got warm accolades from everyone and was covered by all the print media next day with huge appreciation for the artists and singers.
The concluding part of the two-day Golden Jubilee Celebration "Epilogue to Nostalgia" was organised in the College on Saturday on 8th February, 2020. The college was given the festive appearance, decorated with strings of coloured lights. The illuminated premises and eye-catching ornamentation mesmerised the visitors.
On this day the program was staged in Sardar J. S. Grewal auditorium of the college in which various cultural shades of different provinces of the country were seen. The ceremony started with Shabad, after which the Principal of the College, Prof. P. Shekhar, welcomed the guests and gave details of the educational and cultural events organized during the Golden Jubilee year and threw light on the future plans.
The chief guest of the event was Dr. Anjani Kumar Srivastava, Vice Chancellor of Binod Bihari Mahato Kolanchal University, and Dr. Ranjana Srivastava, Head Department of Economics, B.B.M.K. University, Dhanbad was the other distinguished guest.
Appreciating the contribution of Guru Nanak College in his statement, Dr. Srivastava said that this college has got not just body but a very sensitive soul. He also appreciated the college and said that it was very difficult for any college in the city or B.B.M.K. University to match the height of Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad. Further he said the students of this college had added to the value of the university across the country by performing at various sports, art and cultural activities nationwide as university representatives, for which he expressed happiness. Dr. Srivastava supported the establishment of the Department of Art and Culture in the college and also assured to start postgraduate programme in the Department of Commerce in the college. The Guest of Honour Dr. Ranjana Shrivastava praised the students of Guru Nanak College and blessed them to keep moving forward as well as to brighten the name of the college even outside the country.
The main attraction of the program were Nagpuri Dance, Rajasthani Folk Songs - Kesariya Balam, Gujarati Folk Dance, Punjabi Songs - Ehna Ankhi, Kala Doria, Pani Diya Challan, Punjabi Dance - Laung Lachi, Saat Pind, Gidda Giddhe Witch, Lathe Witch Chadar, Juddi, Tere Lad Lagiyaan, Tappay, Kamali, Jago, Gidda Bangla Songs - Tomay Hrid Majhare Rakhbo, etc.
The president of the college, Sardar R. S. Chahal, recalled the fifty-year journey of the college and also praised the hard work of the students and promised to give them a better platform in future. He expressed the desire to continue to advance the culture in the future while giving India's cultural diversity the highest attention.
The college secretary, Sardar Diljaun Singh Grewal, expressed his happiness over the large gathering of guests during the vote of thanks and invited everyone to join the traditional food of Punjab in the dinner.
The Makki di Roti and Sarson da Saag served in the dinner marked the end of aesthetic function.