Independence Day, 2022
ये बात हवाओं को बताये रखना , रौशनी होगी बस चिरागों को जलाये रखना
लहू देकर जिसकी हिफाज़त हमने की , ऐसे तिरंगे को सदा दिल में बसाये रखना ।
15th August 2022, the day marking 75 years of independence from British clutches, was celebrated with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervour by the students and staff at NPS-Koramangala. The celebrations began with the hoisting of the Tiranga by the Principal, Ms. Jyotsna Nair, along with the tunes of the national anthem on the school grounds.
Soon after, the cultural program commenced with the soulful song, “Bharati Jaya Vijaya kare”, written by Shri Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’ and sung by the students of Grade 10. The melodious hymn reverberated in the entire auditorium, sparkling a patriotic feeling in all minds! Following this, Ms. Shraddha Chandramouli’s speech in Hindi, commemorating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, touched all hearts. Next, students of Grade 9 presented a classical dance, enlivening the entire auditorium!
Are We Really Free?, a powerful skit by the students of Grade 10 raised burning issues like gender disparity, corruption, freedom of speech, and the ill effects of social media on youth. Following this, Ananya S Mysore of Grade 9 delivered a speech highlighting the remarkable progress India has made as a nation despite the atrocious atrocities of the foreign rule. Her speech was enough to communicate to the youth that ‘We are the Future of the Nation’.
Our relationship with the flag has hitherto been formal and institutional but ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’, a campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is encouraging the people of India to bring the Tiranga to their home and strengthen their connection with the tricolour. A video on this campaign struck an instantaneous bonding with the movement.
How’s Josh? A spirited freestyle dance by Grade 9 students paid a tribute to our valiant soldiers for their selfless service to the nation. This powerful and poignant event was followed by Sara Chhabra and Adrija Thakur’s (Grade 11 students) impactful speech conveying the true definition of patriotism.
Mile Sur Mera Tumhara , a medley of songs in different Indian languages displayed our rich cultural heritage and reinforced the message that India is a unique secular republic. A soulful rendition of Shri Rabindranath Tagore’s immortal poem- “WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR”, musically recomposed by Mr. Jason Fernandes and sung melodically by the students of Grades 6 to 8 marked a delightful end to the day’s events. The occasion, beautifully compered by Simran Chatterjee and Debayan Ghosh, literally ended with a sweet note- with the distribution of sweets among students.