DPS R.K.Puram celebrated “Independence Week” from 8th – 15th August 2016 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of India’s struggle for independence. On this occasion, the Hindi Department organized “Jashna –e Aazadi “, a weeklong extravaganza which included a host of events in which students of all classes participated.
The week-long celebration commenced on 8th August when students of class 6 recreated the struggles and sacrifices of our freedom fighters through the display of various beautiful tableaus. Students chanting slogans of ‘Simon go back’ representing the boycott of the Simon Commission won tremendous applause from students and teachers alike.
On 9th August, class 7 students dressed up as various personalities from the Independence movement and recreated the famous speeches given by these leaders during the freedom struggle. Students participated in this event in large numbers and gave commendable performances. The first position was won by a participant delivering a speech given by our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. This was followed by a slogan writing competition in which the students of class 9 participated. The students wrote various slogans relating to the Independence Movement, of which, the best slogans were rewarded.
On 11th August, a singing competition was organized for students of classes 10 and 11. The participants were dressed in traditional attire and sang patriotic songs which were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The stimulating self compositions of Aakash Chauhan, Krishna and Pooja of Class 11, and of Siddharth Sethi, Karan Wali and Parth of Class 10, met with enthusiastic rounds of applause. This was followed by a poetry recitation competition which saw equally enthusiastic participation from the students of class 8 who recited poems based on the theme of Independence. Amongst the many heartfelt and touching poems presented, those of Aakarshi and Bhavya were greatly appreciated.
This week-long celebration culminated in the flag hoisting ceremony which was held in the school on 15th August. Mr. V.K Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Addressing the school, the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal highlighted the importance of celebrating ‘the spirit of freedom’ and our rich cultural heritage. The Chairman, Mr.V.K.Shunglu exhorted the students to cherish freedom and create an atmosphere where there is an ‘absence of conflict’ for true development in the country. A street play was performed about various issues like the plight of farmers and the need to empower women. The Vice Principal, Ms.Anita Singh delivered the vote of thanks. A number of activities were organized for the students by various departments, ranging from Music to Psychology.
‘Ode to Freedom’, a self-composed poetry recitation competition was hosted by the English Department. The students presented their original compositions on the theme of Independence. The Hindi and Sanskrit Departments organized ‘Azadi ke Parwane’, a role play competition based on the personalities of the Independence Movement. Mosaic, a mono-acting competition was organized for theatre enthusiasts, based on the theme “Emotions faced during the partition”. Art lovers participated in Expressions and Hastkala, the on-the-spot painting and handicraft competitions. Plenty of cultural events were also organized in the Performing Arts category- Indian and Western music, vocal and instrumental. In addition, a dance Competition was held in which students performed different genres of dances ranging from classical to contemporary. The Sports Department organized track events for the students. These included a Lemon and Spoon Race for the students of classes 6-8 and a 100 m flat race for students of classes 9-12. Certificates were presented to all the participants and medals to all the winners.
The students enthusiastically participated in this wide spectrum of events and their performances were applauded. The celebrations ended on a positive note with renewed feelings of patriotism and nationalism in everyone.