Grand Republic Day Celebrations at Seth Anandram Jaipuria Schooladmin
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The national flag ushered its way through the misty morning of 26th January as it was unfurled on the campus of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School. It held high as if making a tryst with the sky, as it heralded the beginning of the event that was about to unfold. The school premises reverberated with the national anthem and pulsated the feelings of sheer joy and a sense of pride that came from the awareness of how far we have come as a nation.
The program started with acknowledging the pre-independence history when the word ‘republic’ was echoed in the colonised Indian lands for the first time. The students were taken back to the 1930s when the Indian National Congress promulgated the declaration of Poorna Swaraj (complete autonomy/self-rule) on 26th January 1930. The pre-primary and primary classes students reiterated the fundamental rights and duties of citizens of the country.
Art is a vital form of self-expression, and nobody knows it better than the students of our school. The programme witnessed a series of performances by the students of our school. The mesmerising song, ‘Ek Khwab tha charkhe pe buna‘ by Adhyatm Pandey of 6-B, was a journey back to the time of India’s struggles for independence. The song, We shall overcome by Ahana Sharma instilled a sense of hope in the audience. The poem and Instrumental song, ‘Bharat hum ko jaan se pyaara hai’ steered the viewers’ sense of pride and patriotism. Invigorating dance performances honoured the uniqueness and singularity of India as a country. The yogasanas presented by Yashika Singh of class Ist appreciated the importance of staying connected to our roots. Mridul Rastogi of Class XII presented a digital painting that he conceptualised as an activity organised by Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, a government of India initiative.
The address by our principal, Mrs. Poonam Kochitty, called for much introspection. She asked us to reflect on how we could translate the feelings of patriotism into constructive actions that stimulate the growth of this nation. She emphasised the importance of addressing oneself as a human being first and thinking beyond the rigid lines of caste and religion. The programme was finally concluded with a generous vote of thanks by the headmistress, Mrs. Monika Taneja. This programme gave way to a lot of novel ideas and aspirations for the betterment of our country.