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Monday, January 30, 2017

Salute to Shining India

Salute to Shining India

Witty International School, PawanBaug, reinforced solidarity and unity as well as reignited the sparks of patriotism on 26th January, 2017 when the Tricolour was unfurled by the Guest of Honour, Lieutenant Rohan Nayyar, from the Indian Navy. Lt. Rohan Nayyar is a second generation, skillfully competent naval officer and Flying Cadre of the Indian Air Force. He then served the country with the INAS 550 Flying Fish squadron at Kochi flying the Dornier 228.

An extravaganza of colour, rhythm, pride & love for the country followed the ritualistic flag hoisting. The Student Council, formally welcomed the Guest of Honour to the school premises and the plethora of events began. The programme commenced with a spectacularparade with the beats of the school band.The 68th Republic Day celebration in Witty International School was a colourful affair — tableaux from various states and Union Territories in India showcased the varied historical, art and cultural heritage of the country.The Tableauxwas followed by the mass drill where the patriotic fervour gripped hundreds of students as they united with the whole nation in a universal appeal of unity and brotherhood.The guests and the audience were welcomed into the arena of Republic Day by the Head Girl VanshikaDoshi. The Indo fusion welcome dance showcasing the Indian culture enraptured every member present. Any republic day event is incomplete without remembering the era of struggle that our great leaders had to go through. Thus to transcend the audience in that era the little wittians walked the ramp as the great Indian leaders.

Success of the country is sure when young India unites to fulfil the dreams of making India a powerful nation with the ideas of our Honorable Prime Minister, but the important question to ponder is whether we are truly Indian at heart. To enable the students to understand the ideas and thoughts of today’s youth, an English skit, “Globally Indian” was followed by a striking street play, ‘EkKadamSwachhta Ki Ore.’The enthusiastic audience did boost the morale of the performers with their thundering applause. The beautiful rendition of Patriotic songs in the form of a Medley, “Miley Sur MeraTumhara” by the school choir was overwhelmed by a standing ovation.  The Hindi skit, “Aye VatanTereLiye”, dealt with the poignant truth of the lives of soldiers where they put in their sweat and blood to fight for their nation. It was truly an emotional play wherein the audience genuinely felt grateful for the security that the soldiers provide.

This was followed by a spell-binding finale patriotic dance performance paying our homage to the Nation by felicitating the Indian Armed Forces for the commendable work done by them in protecting the country from internal and external dangers.  The Chief Guests while being felicitated were overwhelmed with the students’ zeal and enthusiasm in involving themselves with such finesse in the Republic Day programme. LieutenantRohan Nayyarsaid, “I am proud to see that the future of our country is in safe hands for I can see unity, strength and self-realization within all of you. You are treading cautiously on the path of becoming the face of the nation”. The programme successfully showcased India’s progress from the pre-independence era to the new millennium focusing on the core of India’s achievements and its unique identity.

The Cultural Program of Primary Section was graced and addressed by Major Alok Prasad.A variety of cultural programmes mesmerised the audience. The school auditorium reverberated with patriotic fervour and enthusiasm. The students brought the stage alive with their passion and love for the motherland. Besides songs and dances, specially choreographed for the occasion, Dance Drama on the ‘Constitutional Rights of Citizens’ depicting how Dr. B. R. Ambedkar drafted the Constitution of India which was put into force on this day. The onlookers witnessed a series of incidents in the history of India, the freedom struggle and attainment of independence through a Mime Act performed by the students of Grade 5. Students executed a wonderful skit titled 'Everybody’s Water' guiding us to be responsible citizens to conserve our natural resources.Towards the end, to highlight the famous saying ‘Unity in Diversity’, students of Grades III & IV performed on the traditional beats of different states.

Principal,Bijo Kurian stated, “As the future citizens of our country, we all need to strive to make India a Global Nation. Born in Independent India, three generations of citizens do not carry the baggage of colonial past. The current generations has the privilege of acquiring education, pursuing opportunities and chasing dreams in a free nation. This sometimes makes it easy for us to take freedom for granted; to forget the price that extraordinary men and women paid to win this freedom; to forget that the tree of freedom needs constant care and nourishment. Democracy has conferred rights on each one of us. But along with these rights, come responsibilities which have to be discharged. Gandhiji said and I quote: "The highest form of freedom carries with it the greatest measure of discipline and humility.” 



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