Founder’s Day Sham-e-Awadh on 23rd November 2019admin
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow, celebrated its fourth Annual Day on 23rd November’19, at Ambedkar Auditorium. The theme of the program was Sham-e-Awadh which showcased the rich and vibrant cultural heritage of the city of Lucknow.
The Chief Guest Mr. Shomie Das, is a former teacher, Principal and an Education consultant. Mr.Das served with distinction as headmaster of Mayo College, Ajmer; Lawrence School, Sanawar and The Doon School, Dehradun. He also taught for a couple of years in Scotland. Fourteen year old Rohan Singhal, the youngest Harmonica player was the special guest on the occasion.He shared his experiences and spoke about the new age careers like- Hospitality, Fashion and Aviation. He also discussed the 10 C’s – Curiosity, Creativity, Collaboration, Choice, Critical Thinking to name a few. Mr. Das urged the parents to encourage their children to follow their pasdion.
Sham-e-Awadh commenced with the lighting of the lamp and a prayer dance. The Chairman, Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, graced the occasion and shared his valuable thoughts. He apprised the parents of the need to re-invent education to meet the needs of the 21st century learners. He also informed them of the upcoming new senior block in the campus, with a host of facilities and enhanced infrastructure. The Annual Report, highlighting the achievements of the school and students, was read by the Principal, Mrs. Poonam Kochitty.
Master Rohan Singhal’s performance set the tempo for the evening. He enthralled the audience with his harmonica and proved that he is part of a growing Indian culture of young musicians taking to the blues in India, a genre often considered that of older cognoscenti.
The thematic show of talent, imagination and organization was the essence of the evening. The students danced to the tune of songs with colourful props. The audience was enthralled by a colourful and very well directed historical drama- Dastaan-e-Lucknow. It was a journey into thriving compassion among characters and heart touching scenes interwoven into a dramatically overwhelming play by the students. The evening also had musical elements to bring symphony and melody into life with a ‘Thumri’ and orchestra ‘Mehfil-e-Taraana’. The stage took on hues enhancing the mood of every emotion of Lucknawi andaaz of ‘Qawwali’ and ‘Sufi Kathak’. The theme was presented meticulously by juniors in a street play titled ‘Buniyaad’, elocution-‘Muskurai ye ki aap Lucknow mein hain’ and a chess dance –‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’. The senior students were part of a kite drill-‘Patang Baazi’ which brought an ancient tradition on stage. ‘Afreen’, a fashion show unfolded on stage,showcasing one of the most traditional embroidery styles,chikankari of Lucknow.The venue reverberated with thunderous applause; gleaming faces exchanged appreciative nods as the audience witnessed the perfection and extravaganza of the grand finale which brought the entire school together on the music of ‘Mero Murshid Khele Holi’. Mrs. Monika Taneja proposed the vote of thanks.
The entire school participated wholeheartedly towards the success of this grand event. There was festive atmosphere all around and parents were visibly excited to watch their children’s performance. The exuberant atmosphere,proved to be a platform for the students to come together and show their inherent talents with aplomb.
The ambience complimented by the mind-blowing light and sound, was a visual treat to the audience. The exhilarating show was an unforgettable experience and left a lasting impression on the minds of everyone present.