Indian School Darsait celebrated its 21st Annual Day for the year 2013- 14 with fervour, joy and utmost enthusiasm. The Chief Guest Mr. Wilson V. George, Chairman, Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman and the Guest of Honour, Mr. V. Thulasidas IAS (Retd) Board Director & Advisor, Oman Air; Member of the BoD inaugurated the function held at the Grand Hall, Al Falaj hotel in a traditional way by lighting the lamp in the presence of Mr. Omanakuttan N. President, School Management Committee, Dr. Amsa Parambil, Vice President, Members of SMC, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal, parents, well wishers, staff and students of ISD.
The function began with the school choir extending a hearty welcome to the Chief Guest and other dignitaries with a melodious song that was followed by a floral welcome. The celebrations started with an invocation dance (Samarpan) whose theme was the universal Divine dancing at Chidambaram that gives happiness to all. Devika Dinesh, Deputy Head Girl extended a cordial welcome with her joyful words of introduction of the dignitaries. The School principal Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath presented the Annual Report that highlighted the achievements and accomplishments of the school during the academic year 2013-14.
Mr. Omanakuttan N, President SMC addressed the gathering and expressed his gratitude towards the parents for their relentless support given for the betterment of the school. He also hoped to get the same patronage of the parents and well wishers for the success of the ISD Carnival scheduled on 25th and 26th of this month. The Chief Guest gave away Excellence Awards and Staff Recognition Awards while the Guest of Honour did the honours for the winners of Award of Recognition. In his address Mr. Wilson V. George, Chairman, BOD congratulated the school administration for leading the school to greater heights. He also lauded the staff for their determination, dedication and hard work. He was happy about things happening uniquely at ISD and appreciated the teachers and parents for their role in the decision making process. In his final message he urged all to respect the teachers.
Early on, the Chief Guest launched ISD E – Magazine that is an expression and amalgam of students’ creativity, and articles and views of the parents and staff. The dignitaries were presented with mementos as a token of appreciation and gratitude. The formal function came to an end with vote of thanks by Mrs.Leena Francis, Vice- Principal, Primary Section.
The highlight of the day was a variety cultural programme which was indeed a youthful exuberance. Power point presentations depicting myriads of activities of junior and senior school enthralled the audience. The Primary school choir rendered a melodious western song which was followed by Navarasa – a depiction of different moods – that was, of course a thing to behold. The senior school children delighted the audience with Thillana and ISD Hamara.The dance forms- Rajasthani Ghoomar and Dandiya Rass presented were really a visual treat. The children showed their social responsibility through the medium of Mime that depicted crimes and atrocities against women that showed their evil faces in the recent happenings. Janani Jagatkarini, a dance drama that was a beautiful portrayal of universal mother that destroys evil for the victory of good to pervade infinitely was an exhilarating show of senior school girls.
The grand finale of the programme was Light and Shade, an absolutely new and different item put up by the senior boys. It was an anti-gravity performance in complete darkness followed by thematic demonstration using hands conveying the message to face all trials and challenges in life. It was an expression of their thanks and a great tribute to the school. The cultural extravaganza which lasted for about three hours was well appreciated by one and all. The event was coordinated by Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup (Coordinator – Clubs and Events) and Mr. Lal A Pillai, HoD, Co-Scholastics.