‘A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS-2012’
Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram hosted the Inter DPS English Language Festival, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns-2012,’ on 6th October 2012, under the aegis of the DPS Society. Mr. Ashok Chandra, the Chairman of the DPS Society was the chief guest for the event. Ms. Deepa Agarwal, author and poet and Mr. Vishnu Som, Editor and Senior Anchor, NDTV 24×7 were the Guests of Honour. Ms. Renu Mital, Director, DPS Society, Mr. P.C.Bose, Member, DPS Managing Committee, Ms. Bindu Sehgal, Principal, DPS Vasant Kunj;Ms. Archana Pental, Headmistress, DPS Vasant Vihar and Ms. Anita Singh, Headmistress, DPS R.K.Puram were present on the occasion along with the overall coordinators of the festival, Mrs. Shobha Mehta,Vice Principal, DPS R.K.Puram, and Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Headmistress, DPS R.K.Puram,
390 students from around 38 schools participated in the festival. Various competitions like Brochure designing, Bookmark Making, Story Telling, Skit on Proverbs, News Reporting and Turncoat were held on the occasion.
The judges for the Brochure Designing and Bookmark making were Ms.Tina Rajan, a graphic designer, illustrator and creative director at ‘Tinatoons’; Ms Monika Ahuja Roy, a Senior Education Management professional and co-founder of ‘ACHVRZ’ ,a Personality Development Academy; and Ms Tunvey Gogia, Television anchor, producer and emcee with the Network 18 and NDTV Good Times.
The Story Telling competition was judged by Ms Nilambari Chintamani, previously Creative Director and Consultant at various advertising agencies and currently serving in Non Profit organizations; Ms Arpana Jaitly, a freelance editor with famous publishing houses like Prentice Hall of India, Tata McGraw Hill, Butterworth and several others, and Ms Smriti Mishra Jain, a practicing lawyer at the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court, who is also a sports enthusiast, artist and fashion designer.
The judges for the news reporting event were Ms. Anshu Awasthi, sub-editor with NIE in the Times of India; Ms. Sunita Sharma, who teaches English speaking skills to children from the lesser privileged sections of society and Mr Anurag Dhanda, a senior correspondent and journalist with AAJ TAK. The Turncoat debate was judged by Prof. G. J. V. Prasad, senior English Professor at the Centre for English Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Mrs. Latha Palat, Head of the Department of English at Sanskriti School and Prof. Saradindu Bhaduri, who teaches at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy in JNU.
The ‘Simply Skit-Proverbially’ Event was judged by Dr. Mita Bose, Vice Principal of Indraprastha College, Delhi University; Dr.Arpita Mukherjee, Professor at the Indian Council for Research for International Economic Relations and Mr. Rajeev Mehra, a well known theatre personality, actor, director and writer.
The valedictory function began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. The Western choir presented a welcome song. What followed was a mesmerizing dance performance by the school dance team on ‘Hallelujah’. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini, welcomed the guests and the students. Mr. Vishnu Som, the guest of honour, an alumnus of DPS R.K.Puram, addressed the gathering and stressed on the importance of simplicity of language for ‘effective communication’. He highlighted the importance of social sciences and urged students to think of them as a career option. Mrs. Deepa Agarwal, remarked that ‘the best way to write is to read’.
The Chairman of the DPS Society, Mr. Ashok Chandra and the Director, DPS Society, Mrs. Renu Mital both stressed on the importance of such events to promote the love for English language among the students. A slideshow presented glimpses of the various activities held during the day following which the results were announced by Ms. Savita Vasesi. DPS R.K. Puram won the ‘Design a Brochure’ and ‘Skit on a proverb’ while DPS Noida stood first in ‘Story Telling’ and ‘Turncoat’. DPS Digboi bagged the first prize in ‘News Reporting’ and DPS Kalinga won the ‘Make a bookmark’ event.
The festival was a huge success and a great experience for all the students