The 71st Independence Day was celebrated by the students and staff members of DPS RK Puram on 15 August, 2017. Mr. Pramod Grover , Honorable Treasurer DPS Society and Vice Chairman Managing Comittee, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He was warmly welcomed by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.
The celebration commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony and the rendition of the national anthem. Ms. Vanita Sehga in her inaugural address quoted J.F.Kennedy, ‘Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country’. Speaking on behalf of the students, she voiced the proud feelings for the country and commented on the respectable image Indians hold across the globe. The students of the Junior and Senior schools presented an exquisite cultural program. The Chief Guest talked about how our leaders struggled to make our country what it is today. He said that India is one of the most diverse civilisations and the most successful democracy of the world. The Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan delivered the vote of thanks.
This was followed by a host of events hosted by a variety of Departments in which students from all classes participated enthusiastically. The English Department organised ‘Tricolour Verses’- a self- composed poetry recitation for Classes VI-VIII and ‘At Cross Purposes’ a Turncoat Debate for Classes IX-XII. The Hindi Department organised ‘संवाद – सृजन ‘ for VI -VIII and ‘काव्य-पाठ ‘ for classes IX – XII. ‘संस्कृत श्लोका सस्वर पाठf’ for classes VI-VIII & ‘हिंदी गीत – संस्कृत अनुवाद’ for IX and X were conducted by the Sanskrit Department. ’70 Glorious years’,an on- the- spot Painting competition was hosted by the Fine Arts Department. ‘Jashan-e-Azadi’ a music and dance competition in which students of all classes participated, was an ode to the 71 years of freedom. ‘Tribute to Freedom’, another event centred around emotions of pride, loyalty, patriotism and courage was portrayed by the vocalists of our school. Quizzes were conducted by the Science and the Social Science Departments respectively. The Sports Department made its contribution to the event by ‘Ready-Steady-Go’ track events including ‘Flat Race’ and a ‘Lemon and Spoon Race.’ Certificates were presented to all the participants and medals to all the winners.
The students participated in this wide range of events with a lot of zeal and excitement and their performances were widely commended. The celebrations ended with renewed feelings of patriotism and nationalism amongst the audience gathered.