A salute of 21 guns and the unfurling of the Indian National flag by Dr. Rajendra Prasad heralded the birth of the Indian Republic 66 years ago. From the conceptualization of the dream of Purna Swaraj in 1930 to the actual realization of the idealistic dream on the 26th January 1950, the journey was long, arduous but heroic! This historic day of January 26 is therefore celebrated with festivities and patriotic fervor all around the country, and Dr. Pillai Global Academy was no exception!
The glorious day began here early with all the staff, students and their parents assembled on the grounds of DPGA. The celebrations commenced with the hoisting of Indian Flag by school Head-Boy Salman Naik, even as the entire gathering stood tall and erect in a National Salute and sang the national anthem with pride befitting the occasion!
The tricolor embodies all those brave-hearts who continue to valiantly lay down their lives for its honour, and students from the primary section of the school then paid a musical tribute to it! This was followed by a melodious ode to our sujalam (rich with bubbling streams) suphalam (rich with fruit-laden trees) motherland, along with a fervent recitation of Gurudev’s poem.
Little Soham from grade 3 then played the Tarana-e-Hind ‘saare jahaan se achha’ on violin along with Ms. Mabel. The guitar students added to the atmosphere with renditions of patriotic songs, and it rose to a crescendo with their teacher Mr. Kuldeep playing Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ to spirited accompaniment on the dholak by Mr. Satish.
Next, in likeness with the magnificent march-past by our soldiers, young students from grade 1 displayed the perfection of their exercise regime in form of a drill complete with colourful pom-poms!
The dance students from grades 5-7 brought alive the festive spirit of this day with a colourful folk dance that had the audience clapping their hands to the beat, and girls from grade 8 gracefully performed a beautifully choreographed dance to veteran Shubha Mudgal’s “Vande Mataram’.
Students from grade 6 and grade 9 gave short speeches that spoke eloquently of how the young generation of India is committed to the cause of India’s progress and development.
The morning’s cultural programme came to an end with a fabulous display of strength, balance and control by the budding gymnasts of the school.
Certificate for The Star Performer of DPGA was awarded to Ishita Deshmukh from grade 8 in recognition of her numerous outstanding achievements in the field of sports and athletics.
The vote of Thanks was proposed by the school head-girl Tejal Borade.
These celebrations were followed by an Inter-house Sports’ event for students from grade 6 to 12. Though a competitive event with passions running high and all houses vying for the top position, the games and activities were interesting and fun-filled.
In the increasingly bright glow of the sun, the grounds of DPGA were warm with sounds of laughter, cheering and a show of camaraderie in true sportsman- spirit.