The Festival of Lights, as with most ancient legends, helps us to know the truth of victory of good over evil. It specifically commemorates the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom Ayodhya, at the end of his exile which lasted for 14 years. On Thursday, 27th October 2016, the teachers of Early Years presented a short musical skit on this ancient legend. The skit was followed by a lively interaction. Children asked the teacher, as why Ravana had 10 heads? They were informed that the ten heads indicated ten emotions such as lust, anger, delusion, greed, pride, envy, the mind, intellect, will and ego. These ten heads of Ravana was controlled by his actions which led to his ultimate destruction. Further the children were informed one should try to conquer these ten emotions for a happy and satisfied life. Children were also sensitised and encouraged to avoid bursting crackers as this leads to air as well as sound pollution. Each one promised the teacher that they would avoid bursting crackers as it’s harmful to all living things and pollution generators. The day ended with helping their teachers to decorate the class with paper lanterns and crafts.
DPGA hosted several interesting events for celebration of Diwali at its campus.
One of these events was an unusual one – Display of Toys. Also known as Bommala Koluvu (in Telugu) or Golu (in Tamil) this is traditionally celebrated during the Navaratra days in the southern states of India, namely Andhra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.
The Cambridge Primary Section of DPGA (Grades 1-5) contributed a large collection of toys for this event. The toys were systematically displayed in the reception hall of DPGA. The display was arranged on a platform having 5 steps, each having a different theme. On the first step the theme was animals. This was followed by Transport on the second step, The Village set up on the third and Gods and Goddesses figurines were put on the fourth and the fifth steps.
Celebration of this event was in line with our objective of creating Global citizens who have an open mind towards other cultures and values. Apart from the fun element, it also promoted a sense of responsibility towards our toys and contributed towards the spread of a sense of communal harmony amongst our children.
This event was initiated and organized by our own Primary teacher Ms. Anuradha Chakari.
Another event that took place in Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel was the Cleanliness Drive. This was timely as it was at the intersection of the traditional cleaning of the house undertaken during the Diwali days and the Prime Minister’s appeal on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday – 2nd October.
It was such a pleasure to observe the enthusiasm of the students from each and every grade (1 to 12), in cleaning their classrooms to perfection and thereafter going on to decorate them beautifully. One can see the pictures tell the whole story.
The classes also competed for the Award of the most well decorated class, which was won jointly by Grades 2B, 4A, 5A and 7.
DPGA New Panvel team also put up a mesmerising performance of the epic Ramayana. The play has participation from both the students and the teachers and was performed after some marathon preparation sessions. The entire school, which witnessed this play, thoroughly enjoyed it and also came to know about the Ramayana in a condensed version of merely 40 minutes.