Mosaic 2017: Patterns of Life, the annual Psych-Socio Fest, was hosted by Delhi Public School R.K. Puram on 9 December 2017. The fest is organised jointly by the school’s Psychology and Sociology Departments. With participation from 21 schools, the festival provided a platform for students to showcase their opinions regarding psychological and sociological issues and stigmas through their creative talents.
The fest included a variety of events, namely: Canvas, a poster making competition where the participants were asked to incarnate their thoughts on topics such as Illusions And Superstitions, Body Disorders And Body Image and Substance Abuse; Act-It-Out, a role play event where the participants had to represent their views on various topics such as Cognitive Dissonance, Somatoform Disorders, The Pygmalion Effect and several others; Showreel, a movie making competition where the participants were asked to elucidate the idea ‘It Is Easier to Build Up a Child, Than to Repair an Adult’ in the form of a short film; And lastly, Just-A-Minute, a speaking competition where the participants had to orate on themes such as Post-Fordism, Nation-State and Demographic Dividend.
The Judges for the events were Mr. Sameer Dharmadhikari, an Indian actor and model, Ms. Bhavana Sabherwal, an Art Consultant and Coordinator of Gallery Sanskriti in Kolkata, Ms. Tarannum Siddiqui, who has been an academician at Sarojini Naidu Center for Women’s Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, Ms. Aditi Kumar, an art based therapist and a consulting Psychologist, and Mr Dushyant Kumar, an actor who has also managed the production of a Bollywood musical called “Beyond Bollywood”, which was presented at The Kingdom of Dreams.
The valedictory ceremony commenced with the felicitation of the Judges by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. In her welcome address the Principal conveyed her interest for the two subjects: Psychology and Sociology. She expressed her gratitude towards all those who helped organize the fest and praised all those who participated in the events. She emphasized that creativity, along with the appreciation of creativity, is relative; that winners and losers can’t be chosen on the basis of a competition; that a trophy doesn’t make anyone superior and the lack of one doesn’t make anyone inferior.
An enrapturing theatrical dance performance showcased dancers swaying to mellifluous background music while the theatrical lead captivated the audience with a monologue expressing her inner conflicts and the way she is misunderstood and mistreated.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar, the Head of the Psychology Department, Ms. Vithika Rahul and the Judges were invited on stage for the Prize Distribution Ceremony. D.P.S. Mathura Road secured the first position in Canvas, with G.D. Goenka Public School coming second. D.P.S. Mathura Road, once again came first in Act-It-Out, with Amity International School, Mayur Vihar coming second. Bluebells School International was awarded the first position for Just-A-Minute, and Ryan International School, the second position. In Showreel, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and Bal Bharti Public School won the first and second positions, respectively. Ryan International School bagged the rolling trophy.
The ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks, delivered by Ms. Vithika Rahul