Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted ‘Swar Tarang’, a celebration of the rich heritage of Indian classical music on 6th August 2015. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini; Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta and the entire Music department were in attendance. The judges’ panel included Mrs. Jyotika Dayal Paust, an accomplished Kathak dancer and Hindustani classical vocalist; Ms. Veena Pahri, a semi classical singer and programme executive for All India Radio and Mr. Manjeet Singh, a well-known Hindustani classical vocalist.

12 schools participated in the musical extravaganza which consisted of two categories of events- a duet performance and a group song. The ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp and the felicitation of the judges. The Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta addressed the gathering and extended a warm welcome to all participating schools. This was followed by a mesmerising classical dance performance entitled ‘Ganesh Stuthi.’ The competition consisted of several mellifluous renditions of classical Hindustani compositions by the participating schools. A self-composed raga by DPS R.K. Puram’s Indian classical orchestra marked the end of the competition. Ms. Veena Pahri and Mrs. Jyotika Dayal Paust congratulated all the participants and spoke on the importance of classical music in everyday life followed by a beautiful performance by Mr. Manjeet Singh.

In the prize distribution ceremony, Delhi Public School, Rohini was declared the overall winner, followed by The Mother’s International School and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road in the second and third place respectively. The Mother’s International School bagged the first prize in the duet category, followed by Delhi Public School, Dwarka in second and Delhi Public School, Rohini in third place. In the group category, the first prize was won by Delhi Public School, Rohini while The Indian School came second and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road stood third.

Mr. Rajesh Kumar Upadhyay delivered the vote of thanks and the event concluded with the National Anthem. Swar Tarang was an enriching experience for all students and a treat for music lovers.