The Early Years section of Dr. Pillai Global Academy celebrated its 4th Annual Day with much vigour and fervour on 19th December, 2015. It was a day of gaiety and auspice for everyone belonging to the DPGA family.
The morning commenced with the welcome address proposed by an IB student Manaswini, followed by a mellifluous welcome song by teachers. Mrs. Anjna Sahi, school’s Principal, read out the Early Years’ annual report highlighting the prominent activities of the section during this academic year and reiterated the importance of parental engagement in partnership with the school for the Holistic development of the child. She led the programme forward by inviting all important people in a child’s life for the auspicious lamp lighting ceremony. The Principal was joined by Vice Principal, Mrs. Shraddha Sardesai and teachers teaching the Early Years to light the lamp while the blessings of goddess Saraswati were invoked by a soulful Saraswati Vandana rendered by faculty, Dr. Radhika Umdekar.
Music filled the air as the Music Department presented two instrumental performances. The first was a high on energy drum performance by students Srinivas and Shubham under the guidance of faculty Mr. Satish More. The grandeur of their great drumsupped the mood of the gathering. The second was an enchanting guitar performance by faculty Mr. Kuldeep Malusare. The magically mesmerizing rendition of the raga ‘Heer Ranjha’ on the guitar enraptured the audience.
The stage was all set for the much awaited children’s performance on the musical play ‘Alice in wonderland’. The musical play was an adaptation from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. A prologue of it was presented by faculty Ms. Riju. Our tiny tots Sean Laiju and Anayah Antony took the audience on a journey through wonderland with their connecting pieces of excellent and expressive narration. With sets that justified the play, the little cherubs enacted ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to perfection. The play was interspersed with songs and dances for different scenes. The dancers tapped their feet to the energetic songs presented by the little student’s choir. Each and every student of Early Years was involved in this play. The vibrancy with which the story was conceptualized through props, dance and songs enthralled the audience whocould only watch spellbound as the children came on stage to exhibiting their innate talents with their confident performances.
The celebration ended with vote of thanks proposed by faculty Ms. Riju Parashari followed by the national anthem.
Ati ka bhala na barasna, ati ki bhali na dhoop… Sant Kabirdas had proclaimed many seasons ago!
Pancha Mahabhuta – A dance drama presented by the students from the secondary section of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel, sought to reinforce the wisdom of the truism – ‘santulan mein hi jeevan hai’!
The performance began with expertly choreographed scintillating dances. The five elements – Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space were introduced one by one and their characteristic qualities were described through elegant and graceful or intense and forceful dance moves until finally, all elements came together, and in their union gave birth to life itself. The scene was beautifully depicted with the help of artistic props, light effects, make-up and costumes.
The story of life continued from here through different genres of theatre namely mime, skit and street-play scripted by students and teachers together.
Students of grades 6–8 portrayed, through an eloquent mime-act, the heartless cutting down of trees and thoughtless releasing of pollutants and chemicals into the air by man through his vehicles, industries and tobacco smoking.
Students from grades 9-12 brought to life, through their brilliant acting skills, the issues surrounding wastage of water. This was showcased poignantly through two contrasting scenes; one a typical city household where taps are left running recklessly and the other, a farmer’s debt-ridden existence made worse through inadequate rain. The subsequent street-play forecast the grim possibility of a third world war breaking out due to acute shortage of water!
Fortunately, the situation is not left to deteriorate to such an extent; life intervened and asked the enraged five elements for forgiveness. The elements obliged and the dance drama ended with a promise from the now remorseful man that from this day onwards, he would treat nature and his environment with due respect and care.
This pledge was beautifully demonstrated through the lighting up of a torch-light by all the students, teachers and parents attending the Annual Day celebrations. Tiny beacons of light shimmered as though hundreds of twinkling stars had descended upon the grounds of Dr. Pillai Global Academy that evening.
The Annual Day at Dr Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel was celebrated on 18th December, 2015 in the school campus. The function commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp and a melodious Welcome Song orchestrated and presented by the students and teachers of the school. The students of Grades 1-5 presented a theatrical adaptation of the famous poem, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, by Robert Browning. /p>
As the piper stepped into the street and played the notes from his pipe, he enchanted and enthralled the audience as they swayed from side to side and tapped their feet as though they were carried away by the magic in his tunes. /p>
The performance that conveyed a valuable message of keeping one’s promise was a visual treat to the audience as it transported them to Hamelin, a small town in Germany where the story is set. The exquisite songs sung by the chorus, the mesmerizing dances and the proficient drama presented by the students won incessant applause from the audience. This wonderful blend of dance, drama and music comprised of all 183 children of the CIPP section. /p>
The artistic and brilliant props prepared by the students and teachers of the Art department created an apt background and setting for the play.
The programme was a cumulative effort of an effervescent team of vibrant, talented and competent teachers who worked tirelessly to make the show a grand success.