The 71st Independence Day of India was commemorated at Indian School Darsait on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 with patriotic fervor and enthusiasm. Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, School Management Committee was the Chief Guest on the occasion and the presence of distinguished Members of SMC – Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Vice President; Mr. Thomas George, Convener; Mr. Ashraf Valappil, Treasurer; Mrs. Nikhila Anilkumar, Head of Academic Subcommittee; Mr. Afroz Ahmad, Head of Staff Welfare, Health & Grievances Subcommittee; Mr. C.X Varghese Tharakan, Head of Sports Subcommittee; Mr. Ajit Vasudevan, Head of Cultural and Co Curricular Subcommittee; Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath; staff, students, parents and well-wishers of ISD added colour to the festivities.
Adorned in Tricolour, the ambience stirred unity and oneness among all those who had gathered for the celebration.
In his Presidential Address, the Chief Guest paid his rich tribute and reverence to the great Freedom Fighters who sacrificed their lives to light up the spirit of Free India. He urged all present to cherish the freedom that we have got as a gift from our ancestors, to walk on the path shown by them and to work towards the betterment of our great country.
The Chief Guest also read out the excerpts of the message delivered by the Honourable President of India, Sri Ram Nath Kovind on the eve of Independence Day and administered the pledge to the audience to strive for a better and cleaner India – to make our Motherland free from poverty, corruption, terrorism and communalism.
Highlights of the day’s celebration were melodious rendition of patriotic songs“Dil Diya Hai Jaan bhi Dhenge” by the choir from Primary School and Patriotic Medley by Senior School students respectively. It was followed by the grand finale, “Bharatheeyam” –a contemporary dance tribute to our Nation.
The occasion also witnessed the prize distribution ceremony by the Chief Guest and Members of the School Management Committee. Prizes and certificates were given away to 77 students of Class 10 who had scored CGPA 10 in the CBSE Class 10 Assessment 2016- 17, Sastra Prabha Award 2016-17 to Varun S Nair of Class VI.F A special award ‘the Guinness World Records – Certificate of Participation won by two of our students – Shreya Umrani of Class I.C and Janani Pandiyan of Class IV.A for participation in a team event of making longest crocheted scarf was also presented. The programme, which enthralled the audience for more than an hour, was indeed an experience to cherish.
The programme was followed by a painting competition on the theme ‘Independence Movement of India’ conducted as per the circular from CBSE in connection with the 70th Anniversary of Independence and 75th Anniversary of Quit India Movement. As many as 40 students from classes 6 to 10 wholeheartedly participated in the competition. The Chief Guest, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara inaugurated the event while Mr. Thomas George, Convener, SMC and the Principal greeted them on this joyous occasion.