New Delhi, Dec 23, 2021: Apeejay School, Saket held its virtual mega event, the Annual Appreciation Day - ‘IKIGAI - Finding Your Reason for Being’, on December 23, 2021. The Chief Guest for the event was Mr Anurag Thakur, Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs, and Minister of Information and Broadcasting along with Shri Mukthar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister of Minority Affairs, and Padmashri Mr Gautam Gambhir, renowned cricketer and Member of Parliament as the Guests of Honour.

Special invitee, Shri D S Negi, CEO, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, graced the occasion with his benign presence.

Heartwarming messages by special invitees - Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji, Padma Vibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Ji and Padmashree Shovana Narayan ji motivated and encouraged the students.

Dr. Neha Berlia, Member Management Board, and Co-Promoter of Apeejay Stya and Svrán Group presided over the function. She appreciated the efforts of the school and motivated students to never give up on their dreams. The Chief Guest congratulated the school on choosing IKIGAI (the Japanese philosophy of finding a reason for your being) as the theme for the Annual Appreciation Day.

Special Invitee, Shri D.S. Negi urged students to look beyond the world of the Internet and materialistic pursuits and invest in relationship-building.

The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by Ganesh Vandana. The Principal, Dr. Sujeet Eric Masih, welcomed the guests and presented the school’s Annual Report. Citations were read out by the Head Boy, Head Girl, and prefects as the CBSE Board toppers along with other meritorious students were appreciated for their academic performance during the previous academic year. The co-curricular awards were also announced for the meritorious students.

The delightful evening unfolded creative and extravagant performances, with over 400 students participating in the event. The students performed a musical- ‘Junkyard Jukebox’ which was greatly appreciated by the audience. A melodious French song on harmony and peace was beautifully presented by the students. Artistic Yoga presentation and Orchestra by the school band kept everyone entertained. The play ‘Aatma Jagriti’ - the awakening of the inner self, which was the highlight of the programme, enunciated the value of humanity and compassion. The enactment by the students of the Pre-Primary, Primary, and Senior Wing left the audience spellbound. The gala evening culminated with the Vote of Thanks by the Academic Coordinator, Ms. Ritesh Sharma, followed by the motivational School song. The online Annual Appreciation Day was greatly appreciated by all the guests and parents gracing the event.