The calling of the humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word –  J. Irwin Miller

The Social Science Department of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organised the vibrant ‘India Fest 2020’ with the theme ‘Back to Our Roots’ on 26 December 2020. It was an effort to celebrate the cultural diversity of India and to showcase the talent and artistic creativity of students from schools across Delhi NCR, on the virtual Google Meet platform. 277 participants from 46 schools participated in the event, making it a great success. 

The event encapsulated the essence of patriotism and an overall love for India’s rich heritage, expressed through various events. 

Weave A Story was a story writing and telling competition, wherein students participated in teams of two and were required to enact original scripts, supported by relevant pictures, on the topic ‘India of My Dreams’, within the  time limit of 3 minutes. Participants presented creative and passionate skits, potently presenting their unique and varying interpretations of the topic.

They were judged based on suitability of captions, creativity, interpretation of the message, interweaving of the message with the photographs, and overall impact, by accomplished freelance writers Ms. Mariam Karim Ahlawat and Ms. Divya Dubey. The results of the event are as follows: 

FirstDelhi Public School, Vasant Kunj Somya, Zaina
Second Delhi Public School, Indirapuram Tasmia Haider, Arundhati Hazra 
First Bluebells School International
Indraprastha World School
Vedha Jangir, Shreyas Moitra 
Vansh Suri, Kunj Verma

This was followed by the Social Garage Debate, where students participated in groups of two and were given 1.5 minutes to present their views for or against any one of the six motions relating to various social themes. The speakers articulated their arguments with conviction and eloquence, putting forth their point with confidence and clarity.  The jury comprising Dr. Sutapa Dutta, Mr. Avichal Bhatnagar, Ms. Priya Sharma and Ms. Manpreet Sachdeva judged the participants on the basis of relevance to the topic, accuracy, fluency and adherence to the time limit. The results of the event are as follows –  

FirstRyan International SchoolDivyansh Bansal, C Vaishnavi 
Second Holy Child Auxilium SchoolAhana Bhushan, Varsha Das 
Third Apeejay School, Panchsheel ParkShivangi Roy, Ananya Kukreja 

Further on, The India Quiz was a general knowledge quiz on India with six rounds ‒ Bharat Ek Khoj, Buniyad, Yahan Ke Hum Sikandar, Surag, Turning Point and Mega-Connect. The students answered enthusiastically, and many questions required a vigorous racking of the brain and exercising one’s spontaneous thinking. Participants were judged on the basis of their accuracy and ability to answer the questions within the allotted time limit by quizmasters Mr. Manav Kapoor and Mr. Nishant Nanda. 

The results of the event are as follows – 

First Delhi Public School, RohiniShaunak Sachdev, Manit Kaushik 
Second Gyan Bharti School, Saket, New DelhiDiya Makker, Tanya Chatterji 
Third Delhi Public School, Mathura RoadAsmi Jayaraj Naik, Dhruva Vaid 
Special PrizeDelhi Public School, NoidaRushil Rawat 

Finally, in the inter-school role play competition Mahan Vibhutiyon Se Sakshatkar– students portrayed characters from Indian mythology with commendable fervour. Witnessing the participants in their traditional dresses embodying the various characters was truly enchanting, and successfully transported all spectators to the time-periods they depicted. The jury of Pt. Vidya Prasad Mishra, Acharya Pt. Chavi Krishan Arya, Mrs. Suchitra Gupta and Mr. Neeraj Sharma judged the participants based on presentation, knowledge and application of facts, acting skills, reasons presented to justify the character’s actions, and overall impact. The results are as follows – 

First St. George’s SchoolDeboshmita Mukherjee
Second DAV Public School, Gurugram
Summer Fields School
Kriti Sood
Anamta Juwayriya
Third Delhi Public School, Rohini
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram 
Avika Joshi
Saanvi Sekhri

The Valedictory Ceremony took place on 27 December 2020, and began with an address by the Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan. She applauded the students for their commendable and enthusiastic performances, specifically emphasizing on how, despite these unprecedented trying times, the flame of their enthusiasm and vigour was burning bright. She also stressed on the theme of the event and spoke about the importance of being grounded and attached to one’s roots to progress in life  She further thanked the teachers incharge, whose diligent efforts made the event a possibility.

The ceremony was an amalgamation of song, dance, and voice-overs by the students of DPS R.K. Puram, who highlighted the cultural diversity and inherent beauty that is individualistic to India as a country. The prize-winners for the various events were announced, and duly lauded. 

The Vice Principal , Dr Renu Nayar proposed the vote of thanks and thanked all participants for their wholehearted participation.She complimented all the schools participating for the effort put in spite of these unprecedented times.She also thanked the social studies department for putting up a grand show.The event was a success and a cherished memory for all those who were a part of it.