Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram, under the aegis of the DPS Society, hosted the Zonal Inter-DPS Western Vocal Music Festival on 18th August 2012. Around 18 DPS schools took part in the event. The choice of genre available to the participants was of Pop, Gospel and Rock.The festival was organized to celebrate the spirit of togetherness and the joy of music. The chief guest on the occasion was the Chairman of DPS Society, Mr. Ashok Chandra. Mrs. Renu Mital, Director of DPS Society was also present along with the Principal, DPS R.K.Puram, Dr.D.R.Saini; the Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta; and Mrs Pushpa Agarwal, Vice Principal, DPS Shiksha Kendra and the coordinator of the programme.
The event was judged by Mr Andrew Hoffland, famous for organizing Broadway musicals in India; Mr Joshua, Head of Department ,Western Vocals in Mount Saint Mary School; and Mr Anup Bninay Phillip Digga, music teacher in The School of Symphony and a visiting lecturer in Maitri College, Delhi University . Songs by singers from Adele to Eminem and others music icons like Beyonce and Boyzone left the audience enthralled .
The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini delivered the welcome address in the valedictory function. He emphasized the importance of such cultural activities along with academics for students. Mrs.Renu Mital, Director of DPS Society, exhorted the students to cherish the spirit of festivity and told them to benchmark their performance and learn from others. The Chairman, Mr.Ashok Chandra put on record his appreciation for the immense talent of the students. According to him, ‘music is an integral part of the growth of any individual’ and he stated that the idea behind the festival was to see the talent of the students of the various schools. Seeing the students’ calibre, he felt that music has a very bright future in the country.
The first prize in the solo category was bagged by Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj while Delhi Public School, RK Puram stood second and Delhi Public School, Noida was in third place. The first prize in the group category was won by DPS R.K. Puram. DPS Vasant Kunj and DPS Noida stood second and third respectively. These zonal winners will now take part in the Inter DPS Western Vocal Nationals to be held soon.
The Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks. She expressed the view that music stirs deep chords within us and students who learn music are never stressed and are able to take everything in their stride.
The festival was a great learning experience for all the participants. The melodious songs and the amazing talent of the singers captivated the audience and the event was a truly memorable one.