As the country entered into its 75th year of independence on 15 August 2021, the school marked the occasion with fervour and enthusiasm. Despite the celebrations being virtual, there was no let-up in the spirit of patriotism. The event, that was streamed live on YouTube, commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony and rendition of the National Anthem.
Strung together by presenters Malvika Chawla and Vaishnavi Pandey, both of class 12, the celebration was graced by Mr Deepak Bhawnani, the school almnus of the batch of 1986. Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar has entered into its Golden Jubilee year of founding and what better than to have the First Head Boy of the school on this occasion!
A beautiful poem, Azadi ki Dulhan Pyari, composed by Ms. Kalpana Vajpayee and Ms. Sonia Bhatia, recited by Kashvie Sharma and Madhav Poddar, commenced the celebrations.
A special, one-of-a-kind heritage walk, conceptualized and created by members of SOCH, under the guidance of Ms. Yachana Villaitrani was an inspirational journey through the annals of history. The virtual tour, starting with the revolt of 1857, covered the Jhansi Fort, then moved on to the Cellular Jail, the Jallianwala Bagh, and to Sabarmati Ashram. Expressing gratitude to the freedom fighters, the walk culminated at the Red Fort, drawing curtains to the struggle in 1947 when India made a tryst with destiny.
A unique interpretation of Vande Matram through dance, choregraphed by Ms. Malovika, was a mesmerising performance. A Million Dreams, sung by the western music choir, under the mentorship of Mr. Vaibhav, was comparable to the original!
The celebrations gave way to the Investiture Ceremony that is held on Independence Day every year. The 48-member Students’ Council 2021-22 was vested with their responsibilities and were administered the oath of office by the Principal, Ms. Shefalee Gupta. The council members were adorned with badges and sashes by their parents. Namya Chhabra, the Vice President, accepted the responsibilities on behalf of the Students’ Council 2021-22.
Mr Bhawnani, in his speech, extended his heartfelt congratulations to the office bearers and recalled his experiences as the Head Boy of the school. He underlined the importance of integrity, respect for others and taking responsibility of one’s choices in life. He also stressed upon travel and community service as contributors in shaping an individual.
The programme concluded with the Principal’s address, in which she extolled the school’s ideology and its valuable contribution to education in the fifty years of its existence.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Bavleen Kaur, the Council Vice President.