Keeping ‘observation, perfection and aesthetics’ as motto, Indian School Darsait organized 4th Inter-school ISD Nikon Photography Exhibition and Competition at the school auditorium on Thursday, 8th December 2016. The Chief Guest, Shri. Anil Khimji, Director, Khimji Ramdas inaugurated the event. Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal extended a cordial welcome to everyone especially the Chief Guest from the core of her heart. She recalled and elaborated the glowing success stories of the Photography exhibitions conducted over the years under the aegis of the Photography club headed by Dr. V.C Govindarajan, coordinated by Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup under the Department of Co-Scholastic headed by Mr. Lal A Pillai.
This year out of 530 entries that were received from most of the Indian Schools in Oman, 45 were shortlisted by an eminent panel of judges. The finalists were taken to Mutrah-Corniche for ‘On the Spot Photography Competition’. In recognition of the initiative and motivation that ISD provides in the field of photography, Nikon presented a latest version of DSLR camera to the school. Mr. Kai Takanashi, resource person, Nikon- Middle East conducted a workshop on photography for members of photography club and the finalists in the afternoon. Welcoming the Chief Guest, a galaxy of luminaries, distinguished personalities and all others to the Valedictory function that followed in the evening, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal said that the tie up with Khimji Ramdas & Nikon has given ISD photography club members a bigger platform to hone the photography skills and exhibit their talents in exhibitions and competitions since 2011. The school was extremely proud and privileged to have the day’s distinguished guests to witness the culmination of joy.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, School Management Committee gave a detailed picture of “what ISD is and how the school is different from other Indian Schools in the Sultanate”. He also acknowledged the great support and sponsorship of Khimji Ramdas & Nikon for the smooth conduct of this exhibition and expressed his sincere thanks to Mr. Anil Khimji for his patronage and good works in the field of education.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Ahmed Al Shukaili, Member of the International Federation for Photographic Art (FIAP) in his keynote address appreciated the school for organizing the exhibition par excellence. He said “the small moments we click will become bigger moments in our life”. He urged all to share whatever moments they photographed for best enjoyment.
The Guests of Honour, Mr. Mohammad Sabir Raza Faizi, Finance Director, BoD, Indian Schools in Oman and Mr. Rajive Ahuja, Head- Corporate Communications, Khimji Ramdas and Mr. Kai Takanashi, Nikon Middle East commended the school for conducting the ‘one of its kind Inter School event’ in a grand style and congratulated all on their strenuous efforts to make the programme very pleasant and appealing.
The Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour declared the results of On the Spot Photography Competition and gave away the prizes to the winners. Arjun of Class XII, Aysha Lina Rihas of VI and Jeeven Justin of Class XII secured the first three prizes and they were awarded with DSLR cameras with advanced specifications sponsored by Nikon Middle East. 10 other participants were given away with fabulous prizes sponsored by Khimji Ramdas and certificates as consolation and the rest with A grade certificates.
The photography event was followed by Felicitation of Symphoneve as the second phase of the function. Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, SMC & Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Member, SMC & Chairman, Carnival Committee 2016 spoke on the occasion and thanked the ISD family profusely for their immense help and valuable contribution in making the event an overwhelming success. The Students, Parents & Staff who had gone that extra mile and worked very hard day in and day out for the same were honoured with mementos. Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal, Senior Section proposed vote of thanks. The programme concluded with the national anthems of Oman and India.