After being subjugated and suppressed by the British for over 200 years, India gained independence on the 15th August, 1947. This golden day in the political history of India was befittingly commemorated by the staff, students and enthusiastic parents of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel.
The day began on the ground with the school Head Girl, Anamika Jadhav hoisting the national flag of India. This ceremonious ritual was followed by a short cultural programme hosted by the Cultural Captain and Vice-captain Vibhuti Verma and Supriya Poolpandian respectively, in the school auditorium.
Led by their music teachers, students from grades 4 and 6 began the show with inspirational songs set to rousing melody and invigorating beats, accompanied by the stalwart musicians themselves – Mr. Prasun Lomjail, Mr. Ajay Nayak and Mr. Saurav Dutta.
In her speech, a senior teacher of the Hindi language, Ms. Vaishali Jadhav, stressed upon the importance of honesty, sincerity and devotion from the government as well as the people as they work towards taking India to the pinnacle of glory.
Students of Marathi, under diligent guidance from Mr. Umesh Jadhav then sang the famous poem by the legendary poet G. D. Madgulkar – ‘he Rashtra devataanche’ with much fervor and enthusiasm.
Jessie from IB2 spoke for her generation when she defined independence as the freedom to protest against noise pollution- be it at traffic signals or at places of worship; point out incidences of child – labour and have them addressed by the authorities; and refusal to bow down to moral policing by all and sundry about her choice of clothes. Freedom, she said, also meant responsible management of our most limited resource in this modern age – time.
Up next was a surprise dance performance by the ‘Flyers’ Crew’ – a group of children from under-privileged families. These youngsters learn acrobatics, gymnastics and western dance with one of DPGA’s P.E. teacher, Mr. Atul Fadake. Their determination and their desire to achieve and excel was palpable as the young boys danced and performed stunts with fiery passion and energy.
It took sacrifices of countless freedom fighters and several decades of struggle from 1857-1947 for India to finally be set free from the British rule. Students of grade 8 paid homage to some such brave heroes through short emotional acts that left no heart untouched. They also enacted the partition of India through a poignant mime which reinforced the message that independence is when we overcome our weaknesses, rise over our small differences and stand united as one.
Final performance of the morning was a dance choreographed by the talented dance-teacher Ms. Dipti Masurkar. Her students danced to folk and classical tunes and displayed the Indian Tri-colour in innovative ways to the cheers and applause by the audience.
The Principal Ms. Anjna Sahi appreciated and praised the efforts and performance of all students and teachers. She reiterated the school’s commitment towards protecting the environment and encouraged students to redouble their efforts and plant trees.
The celebrations came to an end with distribution of sweets and thoughts of gratitude towards those who make it possible for us to live our lives with dignity and pride as citizens of independent India.