On 30 October 2014, Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted the annual Dr. Prem Kirpal Memorial Inter-School Art and Poetry Competitions, ‘Art Poetica’, in fond memory of the former Chairman of the DPS Society. Dr. P.N.Kirpal.
The Chief Guest at the Prize Distribution Ceremony was Mr V.K Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society. The Guest of Honour was Chief Justice B.N. Kirpal(Retd) who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Aruna Kirpal. Other prominent dignitaries present in the audience included Mr. Ashok Chandra and Mr Narendra Kumar, former Chairmen of DPS Society; Mr Pramod Grover, Treasurer of DPS Society and Vice Chairman of DPS R.K. Puram and Dr. Sudipta Ghose, Member of the DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. The guests were welcomed by the Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta and the Headmistresses, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mrs.Anita Singh.
Students from 34 schools participated in the competitive events, ‘Blend Art’, ‘Artistic Poesy’, ‘Lyrical Canvas’, ‘News-In-Views’, ‘Double Harness’ and ‘Stage-A-Verse’, which took place simultaneously at different venues. Blend Art involved recitation, dramatization and painting of the essence of a poem selected by the participants. In Artistic Poesy, participants composed a ballad on the five paintings given as a prompt. Lyrical Canvas required participants to make a monochromatic painting on the emotion prevalent in a line of a famous poem. News-In-Views was an on-the-spot competition wherein a black and white sketch was made by each team to illustrate a given news article. In Double Harness the participants formed couplets on the basis of three prompts – a line, a word and an emotion given to each student in three rounds. ‘Stage-A-Verse’ had participants writing and enacting a skit in verse on a given prompt. A team of eminent judges assessed all the events.
The Valedictory function commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour. The Vice Principal, Ms Shobha Mehta, reminisced about the special bond the DPS Society shared with Dr. Prem Kirpal and emphasized that the ‘Art Poetica’ provided a platform to budding poets to showcase their talents. This was followed by a musical rendition of a poem composed by Dr Prem Kirpal, “Sun in my room”. The cultural programme also included a joyful song by the young middle school students and a presentation of the memorable and profound speeches of Shakespeare and those of the leaders of the modern time, which are linked by a similarity of profound and farsighted thoughts. The Chief Guest, Mr. Shunglu and the Guest of Honour, Justice Kirpal released ‘The Bubbling Cauldron’, the English Literary Magazine. The Chief Guest, Mr V.K.Shunglu, in his address to the audience encouraged the organization of such vibrant and healthy competitive events every year.
In the awards tally, Army Public School, Delhi Cantt won the first prize for Blend Art followed by Apeejay, Noida and Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan. Artistic Poesy was won by Amity International, Noida; followed by Summer Fields School and Cambridge School at the second and third positions respectively. DPS R.K.Puram bagged the first prize for Lyrical Canvas followed by Sanskriti School and DPS, Gurgaon. DPS, Dwarka; DPS, Gurgaon and Modern School, Barakhamba won the first, second and third prize for the News-in-Views. There was a tie at the first position for Double Harness between Modern School, Barakhamba and Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan followed by DPS International and Bluebells International. Stage-A-Verse was won by Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan , followed by DPS R.K.Puram and DPS Rohini at the first, second and third positions.
The overall winner was DPS R.K.Puram followed by Springdales, Dhaula Kuan and DPS Gurgaon at the second and third positions. Since DPS R.K.Puram was the host school, the trophy was handed over to Springdales School. The Headmistress, Ms Vanita Sehgal, delivered the vote of thanks and expressed appreciation for the efforts of the students and the English department in organizing the event. The programme concluded with the national anthem.
Closing Ceremony (Part-I)
Closing Ceremony (Part-II)