After being subjugated and suppressed by the British for over 200 years, India gained independence on the 15th of August 1947. This golden day in the political history of India was befittingly commemorated by the staff, students and enthusiastic parents of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel.
The day began on the ground with the school Head Girl, Anamika Jadhav hoisting the national flag of India. This ceremonious ritual was followed by a short cultural programme hosted by the Cultural Captain and Vice-captain Vibhuti Verma and Supriya Poolpandian respectively, in the school auditorium.
Led by their music teachers, students from grades 4 and 6 began the show with inspirational songs set to rousing melody and invigorating beats, accompanied by the stalwart musicians themselves – Mr. Prasun Lomjail, Mr. Ajay Nayak and Mr. Saurav Dutta.
In her speech, a senior teacher of the Hindi language, Ms. Vaishali Jadhav, stressed upon the importance of honesty, sincerity and devotion from the government as well as the people as they work towards taking India to the pinnacle of glory.
Students of Marathi, under diligent guidance from Mr. Umesh Jadhav then sang the famous poem by the legendary poet G. D. Madgulkar – ‘he Rashtra devataanche’ with much fervor and enthusiasm.
Jessie from IB2 spoke for her generation when she defined independence as the freedom to protest against noise pollution- be it at traffic signals or at places of worship; point out incidences of child – labour and have them addressed by the authorities; and refusal to bow down to moral policing by all and sundry about her choice of clothes. Freedom, she said, also meant responsible management of our most limited resource in this modern age – time.
Up next was a surprise dance performance by the ‘Flyers’ Crew’ – a group of children from under-privileged families. These youngsters learn acrobatics, gymnastics and western dance with one of DPGA’s P.E. teacher, Mr. Atul Fadake. Their determination and their desire to achieve and excel was palpable as the young boys danced and performed stunts with fiery passion and energy.
It took sacrifices of countless freedom fighters and several decades of struggle from 1857-1947 for India to finally be set free from the British rule. Students of grade 8 paid homage to some such brave heroes through short emotional acts that left no heart untouched. They also enacted the partition of India through a poignant mime which reinforced the message that independence is when we overcome our weaknesses, rise over our small differences and stand united as one.
Final performance of the morning was a dance choreographed by the talented dance-teacher Ms. Dipti Masurkar. Her students danced to folk and classical tunes and displayed the Indian Tri-colour in innovative ways to the cheers and applause by the audience.
The Principal Ms. Anjna Sahi appreciated and praised the efforts and performance of all students and teachers. She reiterated the school’s commitment towards protecting the environment and encouraged students to redouble their efforts and plant trees.
The celebrations came to an end with distribution of sweets and thoughts of gratitude towards those who make it possible for us to live our lives with dignity and pride as citizens of independent India.
This year the student patriots at DPGA, Panvel had a weeklong celebration of India’s hard earned independence.
An animated movie explaining the significance of independence and highlighting the efforts of our freedom fighters was played for the juniors in the beginning of the week followed by a discussion by Ms. Pooja Bhatt which helped the students in understanding the value of the gifted freedom. For the seniors, Dr. Medha Moorthy conducted a riveting session on ‘International mindedness and Patriotism’ discussing the importance of being connected to one’s roots.
These sessions were followed with an assembly on Friday where Grade 10 students presented the real India and broke the stereotypes associated with our nation. Students of Grade 7, guided by Mr. Umesh Jadhav, recited a very famous Marathi poem ‘Je Deshasathi Ladle Tey Amar Hutatme Zhale…’. The assembly ended with instrumental of national anthem on violin by students, guided by Ms. Mable Chan Pillai, to which the other students sang in sync. The school also paid homage to Late Mr. Abdul Kalam by displaying a portrait of Mr. Kalam, made by Mr. Shankar Kathara, with a message given by the missile man himself.
On the morning of 15th August, students along with parents slowly trooped in into the assembly area. After the morning prayer, the students moved to the ground for the flag hoisting by Head Girl Tejal Borade which was accompanied by the choir’s flag song ‘ Vijaya Vishwa Tiranga Pyara…’ and the national anthem.
A small program was then held in the auditorium hosted by the Deputy Cultural Secretary Pranjal Mhatre and Amaan Patekar. It began aptly with a speech by Head Boy Salman Naik. A satirical skit on the theme ‘Naagrikta’ planned by Ms. Vaishali Jadhav and a thought provoking speech by Tanvi Bangar, a grade 6 student, infused with the spirit of nationalism raised many important issues like the role of citizens in the 21st century and standards of possessing humanity. The dance performances by students of grade 7 and Grade 6, who were trained by Mr. Prashant Mhatre and Mr. Jagat Kumar respectively, and the singing performances ‘Hum Bachche Man Ke Sachche’ sung by students of Grades 1 and 2 and the patriotic medley by students of Grades 3 to 8, both of which were planned by the Mr. Satish More and Mr. Shrinivas Oak, received appreciation and a big round of applause.
The event ended with a speech by the Principal, Ms. Anjna Sahi, who narrated a few personal experiences of the year 1971, during the Indo- Pakistan war, which ran a chill down everyone’s spine. In her speech Ms. Anjna Sahi explained everyone the value of living freely and safely in secured India now and gave a message that we are responsible for sustaining this freedom. At the end the Head Girl gave the vote of thanks expressing gratitude for all the participants and teachers without whom the event would not have been possible.
Through these events at DPGA, students showed reverence to the freedom fighters and eminent leaders, and to an extent also realised the value of ‘being independent’.
Early Years celebrated Independence Day with great patriotism on 14th August. Children came dressed as national leaders. A patriotic enact was presented by the Early Years Middle students. The students of Early Years Upper presented a group song and dance. The children also witnessed the programme arranged by the senior students. At the end the students sang the national anthem along with school violinists group headed by Ms. Mabel Chang Pillai.
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Freedom facilitates development and growth. The community of students, teachers and parents celebrated Independence Day in a befitting manner in the school campus on 15th August, 2014 to commemorate freedom and its immense possibilities.
The programme involved salutation of the flag and the flag song and cultural events interlaced with patriotic fervour which impressed everyone in the audience. Mrs. Vaishali, staff member spoke about the value of freedom. Principal Mrs. Anjna Sahi addressed the audience and reiterated the school’s commitment to every child and its mission to enable every child to optimise his/ her potential so that they become worthy citizens of the country. The highlight of the function was a satirical street play presented by the students of middle and senior grades exposing the corruption prevalent in many segments in the society. The patriotic songs sung by the school choir and a dance performance to the tunes of a patriotic song by the students of Grade 7 impressed the audience. A violin recital by Pranav Gudimetla under the guidance of Mrs. Mabel Chan Pillai was also appreciated by everyone in the audience. The toppers of the IGCSE batch whose results were declared on 13th August were felicitated in the function. This celebration of the success of a few served as a reminder to the other students to set high goals and achieve them with hard work.
On 13th August, 2014 the Early Years children made a huge tricolour flag under the guidance of their Art teacher. This flag was used as the backdrop for the cultural programme next day. They also made tricoloured chain streamers to decorate their classes.
The Early Years celebrated the Independence Day on 14th August. The programme started with prayer followed by a short cultural programme. ‘Hum honge kamayab’ was sung by all the children. This was followed by a dance presented by Early Years Upper. They danced on the Hindi song ‘Nanna munna rahi ho’. Sweets were also distributed.
The 67th Independence Day was celebrated by Dr. Pillai Global Academy in a befitting manner. Apart from paying homage to the leaders who worked towards gaining independence, the students also paid their tribute to the tricolor.
The Chief Guest of the day Mr. Subash Rajkumar, parent, hoisted the flag and spoke to the students about the importance of the day and the value of freedom.
The prize winners of Show and Tell Competition and Pick and Speak Competition presented their prize winning entries for the audience.
Mrs. Vijaya Mishra presented the Independence Day message.
The programme ended with a national integration song presented by a group of staff members which reminded everyone of the diverse cultures and religions existing harmoniously within our motherland.
Independence Day was celebrated on 14th August with great patriotic fervour by the Early Years. The children came dressed in the colours of the tricolour. The importance of the day was explained briefly. National Anthem was sung by all the tiny tots and teachers. An activity of colouring the national flag was done under the guidance of the Art teachers. Some of the children came with their parents on the 15th August too, to celebrate it with the entire school.