Pratah Stuti for grandparents on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in School News | Comments Off

“Parents are like trees who provide shade to their children. But grandparents are the roots that hold the tree together.”

Pratah Stuti is conducted at The Indian School each year on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti as a tribute to grandparents and the invaluable role they play in shaping young lives. On this day, grandparents are invited to a solemn ceremony that celebrates the sacred filial bond.

This year, the colourful pageantry on 1 October, 2019 saw a large gathering of almost 300 grandparents, who were accorded a warm welcome by Ms Tania Joshi, Principal. She invited Vice Chairperson, Dr (Mrs) Nayana Goradia who graciously explained the idea behind using salt in the rangoli decoration as homage to Gandhiji´s Salt Satyagraha movement in 1930. No other movement or campaign for independence in the annals of our freedom struggle was as inspiring, dramatic and significant as the Salt Satyagraha.

The mesmeric morning commenced with the soulful rendering of the Mahatma’s favourite bhajan Vaishnav jan to by Mr Sanjeev Kumar and the primary school choir. Ms Bernadette Bedi’s slender fingers gently awakened exhilarating piano notes to keep tempo with the mellifluous singers including teachers, Ms Martina Roy, Ms Othilia Fernandes, Mr Rajeev Massey and Pratham Goel of class VI.

The English choir sang Abide with Me and Amazing Grace, two of the Mahatma´s favourite hymns. The spellbinding performance captivated the rapt audience.

Evoking Gandhiji´s commitment to cleanliness, students from classes VIII, X, XI and XII performed a nukkad natak on the importance of sanitation and the need for keeping the environment clean.

The Citizenship Programme-a unique initiative by our School to engender awareness about students’ rights and responsibilities as future citizens of India found a mention in the celebrations. The esteemed guests were impressed to hear that their wards were receiving lessons in waste management.

The tiny-tots of Nursery and KG presented a charming display of the leading lights of India´s freedom struggle like Rani Lakshmi Bai, Bhagat Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru and others. Dressed up as these legendary stalwarts, the cherubs held messages and slogans from the independence movement.

The enthralling pageant concluded with Mahatma Gandhi´s favourite bhajan- Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram by the junior school choir.

The appreciative applause echoed in the hall, wistfully watching the guests move to the scenic School lawns for traditional Gujarati jalebi-ganthia and masala tea.

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