The 66th Republic Day was celebrated with zeal by Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel on the 26th January, 2015. The programme was attended by the entire school community including teachers, students and the parents. The celebrations started with an address by Mrs. Anjna Sahi, Principal. The flag was hoisted by the Chief Guest, Ms. Aishwarya Sridhar, alumnus of the school. After the national anthem and the flag song rendered by the school choir, Ms. Aishwarya Sridhar addressed the audience. She stressed on the importance of working together as a nation to make India stronger in all aspects. A song and a dance performed by the Midgets, both on the theme of patriotism, not only entertained the parents, but also filled their hearts with patriotic fervour. The next was a speech by Sayyoni Bhalekar (Grade 3) which impressed the audience with the strong message and the confidence with which it was delivered. The next programme was a musical presentation by the middle school which captured the adventurous lives and selfless spirit of the soldiers who protect and serve the nation. A passionate rendition of the song ‘Ma Tujhe Salaam’ and a speech by Mrs. Nitu Khanna, faculty member followed. After one more patriotic song and a folk dance the programme concluded with an evocative violin recital by Mrs. Mabel Chan Pillai.
The cultural programmes showcased the talent of the students trained during the Extended Activity Sessions which function on three days per week throughout the year. The students who played various musical instruments during the programme contributed effectively towards the overall success of the event. Certificates of merit for Shirsa International Cognitive Championship and Camlin Art Competition were distributed during the programme. The day’s events ended on a positive note with sweet distribution and a renewed pledge to work together towards the betterment of Mother India.