On 12 December 2012, Delhi Public School R. K. Puram hosted the dance festival ‘Lokrang – an International Festival of Folk Dance’, as a part of its ongoing fortieth year celebrations. Nine of the leading schools of India participated in this event. The dance competition was open to students from classes IX to XII.
The judges for the competition were Ms. Vaswati Misra, the founder of Dhwani, a performing arts centre, and Ms. Swati Mohan, the founder and creative director of Danza Performing Arts. The Principal, Dr. D. R. Saini; the Vice Principal of DPS Shiksha Kendra, Mrs. Pushpa Aggarwal; the Headmistress, Ms. Vanita Sehgal; Ms. Azra Saleem and Ms. M. Sudeshna graced the occasion with their presence.
The festival commenced with the lighting of the lamp, followed by a Hindi song rendered by the Indian music choir. Addressing the students, Dr. Saini emphasized on the value of showcasing talent in art, and the important role music and dance played in our cultural ethos.
The competition then began in earnest. Competitors expertly performed folk dances from around the world. Some of the dance styles presented were the Spanish Flamenco and Suerte; Dandia from Vrindavan, India; the Domey Tserik, a traditional Tibetian dance; Jago, Gidda and Bhangra from Punjab, India; a French ballet; a traditional dance from Rajasthan, India; and the Dollu Kunita from Karnataka, India.
The dance performances were followed by a skit presented by the Theatre Group. Titled ‘Jaago India Jaago’, the skit focused on the issue of female infanticide.
In their address to the gathering, Ms. Vaswati Misra stressed on the necessity of conviction and hard work in all undertakings, and Ms. Swati Mohan spoke of how the efforts of the competitors were more important than victory or defeat.
In the final result tally, the third prize was bagged by the Springdales School (Spanish Suerte), the second prize went to the Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram (Dollu Kunita), and the first prize was awarded to Army Public School, Himachal Pradesh (Domey Tserik). The award for Best Costumes was also awarded to Army Public School.
The festival ended with the vote of thanks delivered by the Principal.