On 8th November, 2012, in conjunction with Sanjivani, an organization that works for cancer patients and their ‘lives beyond cancer’, Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel, organized a cultural evening ‘UMANG’ to spread smiles and relief among cancer patients at the Tata Memorial Centre Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (TMC – ACTREC), Kharghar. The team of 35 was led by the Principal Mr. Derek Hamilton, IGCSE coordinator Ms. Shraddha Sardesai and IBDP CAS Coordinator Ms. Beena Thambi, joined by the Sanjivani team led by Mr. Pratul, Ms. Lakshmi Manohar and Ms. Dhara Shah.
The school head boy Shubhankar, alongwith Ria, compered and initiated the programme, and the patients showed their zest for life with their song and dance performances. They were of different ages, and from different walks of life, yet the enthusiasm and vigor their displays of talent were infused with produced round after round of applause from the audience. Throughout the programme, whether they were on stage or in the audience, the patients showed they deserved more respect than sympathy for the dignity with which they have faced, and continue to face, the evil of cancer and the pain it brings.
The music department, comprising of Mr. Satish, Mr. Oak and Mr. Vivek regaled the patients with popular and inspiring songs. The students Jahnavi Aggarwal, Mustafa Vora and Shraddha Bhojane also vocalized stirring music. Among the teachers, Ms. Celine, Ms. Shaan, and Mr. Pravin rendered melodious songs of their own, altogether creating an environment as full of emotion as it was guided by the language of music. Mr. Pravin also had the audience in splits with his Haasya Kavita.
The programme concluded with a heartwarming rendition of the classic song of oneness, Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, by all the singers.
The Principal and Coordinators also met with the Deputy Director of TMC – ACTREC, Dr. Sureka Zingde, and had a discussion, deciding to conduct a full-scale cancer awareness program in the school, in the first week of December.