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Monday, August 17, 2015

Start up India, Stand up India

As Patriotic fervour swept the nation on 15th August, this year Witty International School, Pawan Baug, celebrated the 69th Independence Day of our nation with great pride and zeal. Lieutenant Colonel Rakesh Kumar from the Indian Army who was the guest of Honour for this auspicious day commemorated the sovereignty of our nation by unfurling the Tricolor flag as all sang the National Anthem in unison and expressed the joy of freedom. The WIS Band did a wonderful job, playing the martial tunes which added a lot of colour to the entire show.

After the national flag hoisting ceremony, students moved towards the Sparkle auditorium to celebrate the day. The programme commenced with the Welcome Speech by the Head Girl. Further, seeking the blessings of God on this auspicious occasion, a classical and soulful dance “Ganesh Vandana” was performed by the Wittians. This was followed by the Principal’s speech which referred to the central role of the youth today in India’s development plans, saying that children alone will take India to newer heights. Principal, Mr. Bijo Kurian stated, “Children are the wealth and the hope of the nation who will lead the country and make it a great nation of the world. But is our patriotic spirit just a – One Day Mataram? With social media all pervasive, one wonders whether patriotic feelings these days are confined to just messages posted and photos shared on social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We need to keep the patriotic spirit forever ignited in our hearts and contribute towards the progress of our Nation.” The Principal then felicitated the chief guest Lt. Colonel Rakesh Kumar, who also addressed the students and quoted, “We are fortunate enough to be born in Independent India but history reveals how our ancestors and forefathers suffered in the brutal rule of Britishers. We have to grow up as responsible citizens, and contribute to our level best for the growth and development of our motherland India. Let us take a pledge in this 69th Independence day that we will respect our Independence and will always keep our National flag flying high.” The speeches revived the feeling of patriotism in the students.

This was followed by a cultural programme which began with a beautiful medley of patriotic songs which culminated to a soulful rendition of Vande Mataram, at which point many in the audience joined in. Wittians then presented a wonderful and unique musical dramatisation of the struggle for Independence of India from the British. The dramatization encompassed a vibrant display of events from pre independence to post independence and future, interspersed with music and brilliant display on what India has accomplished so far and challenges we face. Further a Hindi Skit “Ab to Jag Jao” was performed emphasizing the importance of “Swachh Bharat and Atithi Devo Bhava.”

Moving on was a Mime Act depicting the unity in diversity of our country and a mesmerising dance paying homage to the nation. The ‘Grand Finale’ included a dance sequence paying tribute to the great Mahatma. The cultural programmes presented India’s present challenges, pointing out that terrorism, extremism, communalism and fundamentalism has emerged as the greatest threats to the unity and integrity of the country. The message of the programme revolved around measures we can take to uproot the social evils which have crippled our country. Thus at Witty International School it was a great day and a proud moment for every Wittian, as everyone took pride to be an Indian.



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