Virtual Navratri Celebration

Virtual Navratri Celebration – 2020

Every festival is an opportunity to strengthen our ties with our roots. Keeping this in mind, Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel organized an array of activities for the students during Navratri. Though online, the students participated enthusiastically and every activity received entries in huge numbers – be it dandiya decoration, garba decoration, singing a Navratri song or making a beautiful Navratri drawing.

The ongoing pandemic may have stalled the Navratri celebration around the country but the spirit of the students of DPGA Panvel is not dampened.

Dandiya Night – Games and Food Stall

“Dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another”

A Dandiya night was organized on 8th October, 2016 wherein the students, teachers and parents danced their heart out creating a vibrant and exuberant evening.

There was an array of Food and Games stalls set up by the students and parents. While the food stalls served dishes appealing to the palate, the games stalls generated immense fun and frolic.

The display of Stamps collected by the students as a part of the World Postal Day celebrations, added colour to the fun-filled evening.

“No time is better spent than that spent in the service of fellowmen” – Bryan McGill

The IBDP students took out time in selling Candles and Diyas made by mentally challenged children.

The evening ended with a prize distribution ceremony wherein the Best Traditionally dressed Dancer and the Best Dancer from students, teachers and parents were felicitated by the Principal Ms. Anjna Sahi and Vice Principal Ms. Shraddha Sardesai.

Navratri – Dandiya Celebrations

The students of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel celebrated Navratri in a colourful Dandiya Ras Celebration on the 1st October, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the campus. The entire school community including students, parents and staff members participated in the festival in their traditional finery. The programme started with a speech by Mrs. Shameem Mulla, faculty member. The Music Department team consisting of Mr. Vivek Mhamunkar, Mr. Satish S. More and Mr. Shriniwas Oak along with school band enlivened the performance with vibrant music and lively scores. Happiness resonated in every move as students, parents and teachers danced together. Prizes were awarded to the best dressed dancers and the best performers. Apart from being a celebration of traditional splendour the occasion also strengthened the bond of love among the members of the school community.

Kashmir Relief

Navratri and Joy of Giving Week Celebrations at DPGA, New Panvel.

Wednesday 1st October 2014, was a milestone in the life of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel.

The students were provided an opportunity to celebrate Navratri with their friends, teachers and families. And at the same time, the festive season was ushered in with a special contribution to a social cause.

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‘Nava-ratri’ means ‘nine nights’ where the three goddesses – Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi – are invoked. These goddesses are symbolic of the three prime qualities namely, Strength, Wealth and Wisdom respectively. More than a religious festival, it is now a widely accepted forum for social interaction, where people from all walks of life come together to dance and intermingle.

DPGA Students from all grades – right from early years to twelve – joined in the celebration led by our very own Music team with our school band, who played some authentic garba music to get the heart beats racing. The ambience was full of vigour and zest. The school sports field was a colourful sight with all the students, parents and staff in their traditional vestures. Little boys wore the typical kafni pyjamas and short kurta’s designed with embroidery and mirrors. The little girls wore chaniya choli’s and multi coloured ghaghra’s the older girls were graceful as ever in gorgeous lahenga sarees with accessories.

Everyone danced in circles, clicking sticks to the energetic beats of the drums as the music smoothly flowed from one song to another; this was complimented by the melodious voices of the teachers who provided the vocals.

This was a day of bonding, where the gathering, the celebration and the dance etched a unique combination signifying the diversity of Indian culture. Being an IB World School, this is something that DPGA values immensely – the diversity of perspectives that exist in local, national and global communities. It is the celebration of the festivals of all regions and religions that instill in our children the culture of open-mindedness.

Another highlight of this function was that it was combined with ‘The Joy of Giving Week’. Everyone contributed generously in cash and kind to reach out to the victims of the recent flood in Jammu and Kashmir, through the Delhi based organisation GOONJ which is currently involved in relief measures there.

It was thus a day to remember for all DPGAites.

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