-Anandarupa Dhar & Diva Agarwal (XI)
With the advent of June, we welcome the festive spirit that marks the existence of our Alma Mater. Abhyudaya 2018, the first event of the year which brings an abundance of excitement, blowing through every nook and corner of the school. On the 5th and the 6th of June we celebrated our 25th Founders’ Day, with unmatched euphoria. The commendable effort put in by the students of the Birla family made the days reach the zenith of happiness.
Still inquisitive about Abhyudaya? Well, it’s an Inter School competition of different cultural events in which students from different schools showcase their talent mesmerizingly. Likewise this year the participating schools were Aryaman Vikram Birla Institute of Learning, Haldwani; G.D Birla Memorial School, Ranikhet; G.D.Birla Centre for Education, Kolkata; Mahadevi Birla Shishu Vihar, Kolkata; Ashok Hall Girls Higher Secondary School, Kolkata; Birla Gyan Mandir, Kolkata; Little Steps School, Kolkata and the proud host school was Ashok Hall Girls’ Residential School, Majkhali. The Chief Guest fot the first day celebration was Mr. C.L Mathews, the Educational Advisor to the Ashok Hall Group of schools. Other dignitaries for the first day were Mrs. SP Patjoshi, Vice President to the Ashok Hall group of schools; Mr. P.J.S. Cheema, Director Principal to the Ashok Hall group of Hill Schools and many other distinguished guests.
The first day of Abhyudaya 2018 started with the auspicious lamp lighting ceremony and a welcome speech by the school discipline in-charge Priyanka Gupta. This was followed by a series of vibrant cultural performances by the Nav Himalyan Lok Kala Samiti, Almora and our guest schools. The little artisans of the local schools: Chaitanya Montessori school, Majkhali; Bhartiya Children’s Academy, Majkhali; Himalayan Village School, Majkhali won the hearts of every spectator through their lovely performances. Then, after a scrumptious lunch, began the incessant curiosity among the students as the competitions finally began!
The first event was the Classical Fusion- a Music Competition in which the students from the four Birla group of schools created a wonderful melodious ambiance, followed by a power point seminar on the topic ‘Environmental Issues’ where all the participants expressed their views. Simultaneously, the little artists from all the Birla schools were busy in making their collages for the Collage competition.
Next up were the students with their “humorous Hindi Poetry Competition”. Then was the most awaited competition of the day- the Contemporary Dance competition where all the participants mesmerized the spectators with their elegant moves. The day ended on a very excited and enthusiastic note.
On the second day we had Retired General Dr. Mohan Bhandari who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. to grace the occasion. The day started with a highly energetic Parliamentary Debate on the topic ‘Crime Against Women in India has Worsened India’s World Image’. Simultaneously students made tribal masks of different tribes all across the world for the Tribal Mask Making competition. Then followed the ‘Famous Speeches of the World Leaders’ which inspired the audience immensely. Next up we had ‘Folklore- a Mythological Dance competition’ and ‘One Act Play'. This was followed by the most awaited competition of Abhyudaya 2018 ‘Rock On- the Western Music competition’ with foot tapping music by all the participating bands. The excitement reached to its zenith in the prize distribution ceremony. All the winners were awarded and the participants were encouraged by our Guest of Honour Mr. C.L. Mathews and Mr. Kamlesh Joshi. All the students were appreciated and motivated by our esteemed Chief Guest Retired General Dr. Mohan Bhandari. The vote of thanks was delivered by the school’s Deputy Discipline In-charge Ms. Simran Gupta. The celebration ended on a praiseworthy note and memories to be cherished forever.
SWAR SANGAM WORKSHOP PRESENTATION
-Vidushi Pal (XI)
The seven day summer camp is one of the most awaited events for every Hallite. These workshops help the Hallites to bring out their hidden talents and bring forth the budding artists. The trainers from the Swarsangam Group, Kolkota trained us in various skills. These workshops commenced on the 12th of May and continued for a week.
This year, the skills that were taught were Western dance, Contemporary dance. Western vocals and instruments, Dramatics, Handmade paper making, Book binding and paper cutting, Silk screen printing, Painting, Art and craft, Sculpture and Computer application development.
Though the students participated in all the activities, each student chose a single activity to present what she had learnt over the week. The final presentation was on the 19th of May 2018.