The 5th Armaan Dogra Memorial Football Tournament 2012 was flagged off at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 23rd November 2012. The event is held annually in memory of Armaan Dogra, a student of our school who was snatched away by the cruel hands of fate. Armaan was an excellent actor, football player, swimmer and a scholar badge holder.
The chief guest was Mr. Ashok Chandra, Chairman of the DPS Society. The Principal, Dr. D. R. Saini, the Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta, the Vice Principal of DPS Shiksha Kendra ,Mrs. Puspha Agarwal; the two headmistresses, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms.Anita Singh; and Mr. N. Suresh, Head of the Physical Education department, graced the occasion. Armaan’s parents, Dr. P. N. Dogra and his wife along with other family members were present.
The ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Dr. Saini, addressing the students, said that Armaan may not be present physically but he would always be there in everyone’s minds and hearts. Bhumika Batra and Nirav Taneja, Armaan’s friends shared their fond memories of him.
The cultural programme began with a spell-binding performance by the class six Western choir. It was followed by students of DPS Shiksha Kendra presenting various Yoga Asanas. The DPS R.K.Puram dance troupe gave a mesmerizing Aerobics performance followed by a lively German dance. The programme concluded with a unique dance interpretation of the Maharashtrian Ganesh Utsav festival performed by the students of DPS Shiksha Kendra.
Dr. P.N. Dogra, Armaan’s father, in his address, appealed to all the participants to play with sportsmanship, make new friends and strengthen existing friendships. He said that this would be the real tribute to Armaan. The Chairman, Mr. Ashok Chandra highlighted the importance of excelling not only in academics but also in sports. He also said that India needed its young people to be good citizens and outstanding sportspersons so that she could hold her head high. He then declared the tournament officially open. The inaugural match was played between XII I and XII Q. The tournament will carry on in the coming weeks with various intra-school matches.