Indradhanush, the inter-school fest for the students of classes I to V hosted by Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, stands for the spirit of creativity, confidence and continuity.  While the trying times of pandemic have restricted the landscape of our movement, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy found the silver lining by creating a unified time and space for the schools across India to come together as one learning community, virtually, on Friday, 23rd July 2021. Indradhanush went pan-India this year, broadening the ambit towards a world beyond the constraints of space and time.

The raging pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has been challenging for the little ones too. However, this increased time at home has rendered ample opportunity for the children to nurture their hobbies and explore new ones as well, thereby keeping them happy, busy and learning. Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, through their fest Indradhanush, encouraged this continual pursuance of hobbies in children so that they expend their boundless energy in a fruitful manner. It is a humble attempt to celebrate the joy of cultivating hobbies so as to foster learning that is beyond the limits of the school curriculum as well as to glorify the achievements of eminent personalities who have followed their hearts and turned their hobbies into successful careers.

It is needful to state that Indradhanush 2021, like the preceding years, aimed to be a fest with a difference. Leading schools of Kolkata, namely  Apeejay School, Park Street, Delhi Public School, Newtown, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Modern High School, South Point School, Sri Sri Academy, The BSS School, Delhi Public School, Megacity along with the host school Lakshmipat Singhania  Academy collaborated with schools all over the country like Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Bissau, City Montessori School, Lucknow, Delhi Public School, Zirakpur, Punjab, Navrachna Vidyayani Vidyalaya, Vadodara, NBN School, Chandigarh, Queen’s College, Indore, Sapphire International School, Ranchi to make this fest a great success.

Ms. Meena Kak, the Director of the academy, declared the fest open at the opening ceremony which depicted the quality of resilience as one of the key elements required to adhere to one’s life’s calling with conviction. Ma’am Kak said, “Life is a balancing act. It becomes more fulfilling if we accept its duality and be happy with all that God has bestowed upon us.” She further advised the students to keep encouraging each other and to try to better their own performance instead of competing with others. Her invigorating and inspiring words added to the zeal of the young enthusiasts.

The cultural programme commenced with a chorus song recital celebrating the spirit of rising and setting things right after suffering a setback. This was followed by a dance performance, which embodied the belief that our nation would overcome all obstacles and smile again. The last musical performance portrayed the marvel called resilience which helps us to march ahead in faith. And then, it was time for the Chief Guest, Ms. Divya Arora, National Director, AFS Intercultural Programs, India, to address the gathering. “If you want India to be ‘mahaan’ India and ‘muskurate’ India then be strong and confident and respect your parents and teachers”, were her words of encouragement to the students.  Keeping in mind the present trying times and ensuring our role in strengthening the fight against it, everyone took the Covid-19 pledge to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. This was followed by the Vote of Thanks by the Headmistress, Ms. Jayati Goswami.

The enthusiastic endeavour of Indradhanush 2021, a pan–India fest, began with full vigour. The first event of the day was P-LEISURE Paradise which showcased a plethora of unique hobbies of the participants. Each school was represented by 6 students, one each from classes 1 to 5 who displayed their unique talent creatively and a sixth participant from any class from 1 to 5 who presented the whole show. The performances of the entire team, as a pre-recorded presentation, was played which was followed by a live interaction round with the respected judges Mr. Plabon Roy of the musical band, Stabddh and RJ Arijit. The schools were judged on the basis of uniqueness of the hobbies, clarity of speech, overall presentation and the live interaction with the judges. P-LEISURE Paradise witnessed many off-beat and marvellous hobbies like making maps on 3x3 rubik’s cubes, pursuing knowledge on trains and train engines, paleontology, cloud watching, ventriloquism, collection of space objects, Shloka recitation, YouTube and Public Speaking and Origami. The young students impressed everyone with their spontaneous interaction in the judges round. Speaking about her experience, Saanvi Dey of City Montessori School Gomtinagar-1said, “We were very fortunate to witness so many different hobbies on a virtual platform which has opened our eyes into a totally unimaginable world of limitless possibilities. We look forward to participating in more such events which can ignite the little poet, dancer, artist or creator inside us.”

 

The second event of the day was Captivating CELEB-RATION for students of classes3 to 5. Each school was represented by 2 students from two different classes. The participants portrayed an eminent personality who had taken up a hobby as a passion and transformed that into a dream profession. A video of the creative representation of the personality chosen was played. The participants were judged on the basis of their creativity, clarity of speech, expressions and overall presentation by the judges, Mr. Sumit Moitra associate editor, comics creator and teacher, and Mr. Sabyasachi Banerjee, filmmaker and educator. The distinguished personalities of Jhansi of Rani, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Janak Palta McGilligan, Milkha Singh, Kalpana Chawla, Rathika Ramasamy, Mary Anning and Satyajit Ray were creatively presented by the various schools. Labham Poddar of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy felt that showcasing the multifaceted Satyajit Ray has taught him that our interests and hobbies can take us to great heights. “Despite being famous all over the world, he had his roots and fondness only for his country and its cinema which taught me to be grounded always” he further added.

Indradhanush 2021 provided an ideal platform for all the young participants to learn from each other. Sampoorna Basak from Queens’ College, Indore, said, “I liked the hobby of Saanvi Khandelwal from Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata. The idea of being a YouTuber has impressed me and I loved the way Saanvi presented it, showing all religions as one.” According to Anika Kaya of Modern High School, Kolkata, participating in this pan India fest, was a golden opportunity to showcase her talents and ideas. “It was a great learning experience. Representing my school on this platform has increased my self-confidence and I now feel ready to try my hand at different hobbies and gain valuable experience through them”, she added, echoing the sentiments of most of the participants.

Event 1, P-LEISURE Paradise witnessed some enthralling performances with all participating schools aiming for excellence and needless to say, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata emerged as the deserving winners followed by South Point School, Kolkata securing the second position. In Event 2, Captivating CELEB-RATION too, the participants fought it out till the very end and finally, Delhi Public School, Megacity, Kolkata clinched the first position and Navrachana Vidyani Vidyalaya, Vadodara secured the second position. Gift vouchers and merit certificates were mailed to all the winners. Participation certificates were given away to all participants. Indradhanush 2021 was indeed an enriching and enlightening experience for all which truly broadened the horizons of all present at this virtual event.

 

 
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