On 9th January, 2012 the Hindi department of DPS R.K.Puram organized a Ghazal competition for the students of Class IX. The event was held in the Audio Visual Hall of the school. The occasion was graced by three eminent personalities from the fields of literature and music, who were also the judges: Dr.Anis Khan, Mr. Tehseen Munawer and Dr.Sandhya Garg. Dr.Anis Khan is from the field of Ghazals and is the youngest member of the Delhi Gharana – the oldest of all tabla gharanas. He is a known singer of ghazals and has composed music for two feature films. Mr.Tehseen Munawer was the second judge. He has been working in media and is attached to NDTV and Doordarshan. He has written many T.V. programs and has a number of books of poetry to his credit. Dr.Sandhya Garg is a lecturer at Delhi University and belongs to their Hindi Literature department.
Dr.V.D. Agarwal, the Head of the Department of Hindi and Dr.Ram Gopal Verma welcomed the chief guests with flowers. Dr.Anis Khan commenced the program with a ghazal. This was followed by the first round of the program called the ‘Ghazal Chakra’ wherein the students gave solo performances of Ghazals. Mr.Tehseen Munawer addressed the gathering and shared a little ‘shayari’ and a song. In the second round, ‘Qawaali Chakra’, students performed Qawaalis in groups. The students were extremely enthusiastic about the event, and were seen dressed up in authentic costumes of different colours with Muslim caps to match.
The event ended with Ms. Fatima Kirmani from the Department of Hindi singing a song, followed by another performance by Dr.Anis Khan and one of his students. The results were announced by Dr.Sandhya Garg. The Ghazal Chakra was won by Alankrita Bari of DPS R.K.Puram, and the Qawaali Chakra was won by the students of IX-E. The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini who was present on the occasion, along with the Korean delegation which is currently visiting the school, addressed the gathering and wholeheartedly encouraged such competitions.
This event showcased the Indian culture and Sufi music of the 11th Century. It was an appreciable effort to promote Indian folk music is a time when Pop and Rock rule the tastes of most teenagers.