Changing Moves Changing Minds
New Delhi, Nov 29, 2019: In March 2018, ‘Changing Moves Changing Minds’ – a project by the British Council was initiated in UK. Ms Manju Varma and Mr Arvind Kaushal were selected for this project. With a view to expand this program in India, the British Council partnered with various organisations across the country to implement it.
A training session for the same was conducted in Mumbai, from 25th November 2019 to 29th November 2019. Ms Manju Varma, the master trainer was given the opportunity to deliver training to the Municipal Corporation, Greater Mumbai’s Sports and Dance teachers for gender equality and sensitization.
Annual Apreciation Day 2019 – जलाभिषेक
New Delhi, Nov 24, 2019: Enthralling the audience with the fervent rendition of music and dance, Apeejay School, Pitampura, celebrated its Annual Appreciation Day and cultural evening on 23rd & 24th November 2019 in the School premises amidst great zing and exuberance. Mr Satyendar Jain, Minister of Health, Industries, Power, Public Works Department, was the Chief Guest along with Mr Anurag Tripathy (Secretary, CBSE), Ms Ira Singhal (Dy. Commissioner, NDMC) and Mr Neeraj Kumar (Commissioner, Income Tax (IAS), along with a galaxy of dignitaries & distinguished members of the Apeejay Education Society. The programme started with traditional lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries. The School Principal, Ms Veena Goel, welcomed the guests; she also addressed the gathering and presented the School report which gave a glimpse of major events & achievements of the School. After the audio-visual presentation, the prize distribution ceremony felicitated the meritorious students for excellence in academics and co-curricular activities.
The School orchestra set the tempo for the programme with their scintillating performance and the School choir sang the Earth Anthem ‘Our Cosmic Oasis, Cosmic Blue Pearl, Save Water Save Mother Earth’. The highlight of the cultural extravaganza was the Musical Dance Drama जलाभिषेक, tribute to water - the driving force of all nature. It depicted the beautiful journey of water, beginning from the glaciers, showcasing the culture, the heritage of the various states through a bouquet of dances depicting the importance and love for water. The students gave a powerful audio-visual performance with dance, song & visual projections with a message to come forward and Save Water- ‘The Elixir of Life’. They also took pledge to save water for the future generations. The rich display of color, music and dance left the audience spellbound.
The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Vice-Principal Dr Sujeet Masih, the programme culminated with the School song sung robustly by the School choir.
Spic Macay Performance
New Delhi, Nov 8, 2019: SPIC MACAY invited the leading and popular Chhou Dancer Chini Bas Mahato ji with his dance troupe. It was one of such events which made us proud of our diversity and culture even more. A Purulia Chhou dance (from the state of West Bengal) by Sri Chini Bas Mahato and his troupe left everyone spellbound.
The day started with a formal welcome of the guests, invocation, and lighting of the lamp, followed by the mesmerising dance performance. Emerging from Indian tribal martial practice, the Chhou Dance of Purulia district, West Bengal, is one of the most vibrant, vigorous and colorful art forms of dance drama.
The troupe depicted the Mahishasur Vadh. The dancers were wearing masks and elaborate head gears which were the ornamental apparels of the Chhou dancers as these dancers portrayed different characters. There were masks depicting Lord Ganesha, Kartikeya, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu and Goddess Durga. These also included demons Mahishasur, other asuras and also the sawaris of the Gods and Goddesses (buffalo, lion and peacock). It was amazing to see the dancers emote using their bodies as their face was covered with a mask. The accompanying musicians were on one side of the stage playing musical instruments like the Dhol, Nagada, Shehnai and the keyboard. The vocalist sang and also gave the voice of the animals. The elaborate masks, the dazzling costumes, the rhythmic drum beatings and shehnai, characterize the Chhou Dance.
A distinctive feature of this dance was the acrobatic use of the body. Powerful movements, immense concentration and release of energy were the other features of the dance. In a Chhou Dance, the fight between good and evil always culminates in the triumph of good over the destructive evil. The wow moments were when the dancers did the flips which left the audience in awe. The guests were presented mementoes and applauded for the remarkable dance performance. SPIC MACAY is working on conserving and reviving our rich culture, which is slowly fading.
Teacher’s Day Celebration
New Delhi, September 3, 2019: A Special Assembly, on the occasion of Teachers Day, was conducted by the students of Class II. Teacher’s Day commemorates the birth anniversary of one of the most distinguished scholars, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
The assembly started with a stuti by the students portraying the essence of a Guru (teacher). It was followed by the news section wherein the students informed about the latest happenings in and around India. A talk on Teacher’s Day was given by Vedanshi which enlightened everyone as to why we celebrate this great day. Some of the students danced on the song ‘Teachers’ which was mesmerising. A skit was enacted which sent across a message that no one can replace a teacher. The highlight of the show was the presentation of planters and cards prepared by the students, to the principal, vice-principal and all the primary school teachers. It was done while the young ones sang the song ‘We Love You Teachers’. The assembly was well-appreciated by everyone present there.
New Delhi, September 4, 2019: The Pre-Primary Wing celebrated Teacher’s Day with great fun and enthusiasm wherein a Special Assembly was conducted by Class Nursery D. To inaugurate the celebration, a floral tribute was paid to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Radhya Bhatia shared about ‘When and why do we celebrate Teacher’s Day?’ The assembly began with the dance performance on ‘Guru Vandana’ followed by thoughts and talk highlighting the contribution of teachers in a student’s life. This was followed by a dance performance on the melodious song ‘Happy Teachers Day’ making all teachers proud and happy for selfless service and students full of gratitude and love for their teachers. An adorable dance performance by students on the song ‘I Love you Teacher’ left the audience mesmerised. The lyrics of the song depicted the love and respect a student feels for the teacher. It was an endeavour to celebrate Teacher’s Day in a special way to convey students’ sincere gratitude. The next event in assembly was most memorable as students presented amazing handmade greeting cards prepared for this special occasion and a flower as their token of love and affection to all the teachers.
The assembly concluded with the beautiful thought shared by Naira Hasan Fatta, about the importance of teachers in their lives. On behalf of all the students, she expressed gratitude towards all the teachers.
The Pre-Primary In-Charge also wished the staff ‘Happy Teacher’s Day’ and insisted on quality teaching and creating a spark of desire within children to find the answers.
New Delhi, September 5, 2019: Good teachers are the reason why ordinary students dream to do extra ordinary things. It was in this spirit that the School gathered in the amphitheater to celebrate Teacher’s Day.
The members of the Apeejay Parliament organised a special assembly to thank the teachers for all their hard work on behalf of all the students. The assembly started on an auspicious note with the lightning of ceremonial lamp, followed by prayers.
The students prepared self-composed poems and speeches on the importance of celebrating this day. The highlight of the event was the musical act which focused on how various experiences with our teachers help us in our lives later on. A special performance was prepared by the SAPS who mesmerised the audience with their genuineness.
Cards prepared by the students were handed over to the Principal, Vice-Principal and all the teachers as a token of their gratitude. The event concluded with a high note musical performance by Yasho Vardhan.