The day’s festivities were rolled out at the auditorium. Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, AVSM, VM Commandant, National Defence Academy, presided as Chief Guest and Mr Umesh Chandra Garg, member of the Managing Committee, was Guest of Honour. Our dignified guests inaugurated the Annual Day function by lighting the lamp. Our Principal Dr Saibal Kumar Sanyal then gave a motivating speech, encouraging the Birlites as they prepared for their performances.
All the performances were allied to the nine emotions of the Natya Shastra, that is the Navrasa. The performances began with a welcome dance by our school’s tiny tots. Then there was a dance performance that essayed the bond between a mother and child, ie Vatsalya Ras, which moved the hearts of the audience. This was followed for some lighthearted fun with the Hindi drama ‘Kiraya ka Makan’, which made the audience laugh wholeheartedly as the protagonist struggled to find a house to rent.
Our school band VIBES did justice to Adbhut Ras, as they left the audience awestruck with their spectacular individual and group performances. The show then travelled through time back in history, when Shivaji walked majestically and Jijabai came alive on stage in the play ‘Shivaji Katha’.
Birlites, though modern in their view are deeply rooted in our culture. Our girls performed the Maharastra folk dance, which won top prize at a recent interschool dance competition. The boys then showed off their energetic contemporary dance routine. It was not surprising when the audience clapped and tapped along to the beats.
The human pyramid was then presented by a mixed group – demonstrating discipline blended with dedication and confidence. It was as if the entire audience held its breath as the topmost participant scaled the pyramid to take his position at the top.
The next performance was a mime act titled An Eye Opener, which sought to send out a silent yet powerful message on the perennial evils of society.
Next was Shiv Tandav, set off beautifully by the vibrant setting and backdrop. Essaying the Rudra Vibhatsya Ras, the performance was of when Lord Shiva sat on Mount Kailash.
But there was more to the performances, as Birlites brought up important environmental issues as well. Through the show Project Tiger, students dressed as tigers and trees, enlightened the audience about the impending danger of not retaliating to the avarice in man. This show highlighted the need for us to be the custodians of Mother Nature.
Our school’s annual report was presented, which was a visual and aural treat in the form of a Powerpoint presentation. The report highlighted the academic achievements, interschool activities, co-scholastic events, international memberships, workshops conducted, visits by personalities, school functions, campus facilities, etc of this year.
All through the programme prizes given out to our school’s achievers by our Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.
The show ended with a speech by our Chief Guest, who was all praises for the achievements of the school this academic year.
All Birlites were involved in this year’s Annual Day function either on stage, backstage or as volunteers. The rousing success of this year’s Annual Day is testimony to the fact that ‘Birlites Can’.