Functions: I) Pre-Primary Cultural Programme
The Pre Primary Annual day for the year 2018 was held on 22nd October, Monday in the School Amphitheatre. The Chief Guest for the evening was Dr Jyotsna Padalkar. The function commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest, Nandini Ma’am and our Principal, Mrs. Mrinalini Bhosale.
The theme for the Annual day was “Lion King”. The program began with the choir where children sang an African song that set the tone for the theme. The children enacted the story of Lion King through their lively performances, interspersed with energetic dances and foot tapping music that left the audience spell bound. The props and the costumes added vivid colour and gaeity to the occasion. The programme witnessed an enthusiastic participation of all the children from the Pre- Primary section. The programme concluded with the Pre-Primary Coordinator Mrs Neetu Khubchandani proposing the Vote of Thanks, followed by the National Anthem.
II) STD: IV and V
The Annual Prize Day for the STD IV and V was celebrated on the 23rd of October, 2018 amidst great zeal and enthusiasm. The event was marked with a colourful cultural programme and Prize Distribution ceremony.
The Chief Guest for the evening was Mr. Ajay Mulkalwar, an IT professional with around 25 years of experience. They are the proud parents of Anshula Mulkalwar who scored 97.4%, Anshula was the School Topper for the STD X CBSE, AY 2017-18.
The event was graced by Nandini Ma’am and Mrs Vinutha Ronurkar Principal, VPMS Lohegaon. The evening unfolded with the lighting of the Ceremonial Lamp by the Chief Guest and the other dignitaries and their felicitation by Mrinalini Ma’am. The Prize Distribution Ceremony, where the Chief Guest gave away prizes to students based on their academic performance, conduct, progress and 100% attendance for the Academic Year 2017-18.
The cultural event commenced with a performance by the choir. They sang to the beats of dhols as they presented the famous Marathi song, ‘Amhi Thakar Thakar Ya Ranachi Pakhara’.
Thereafter the comperes took the audience through the concept of a tribal tour in the play ‘Tribe Vibe’. The audience was exposed to the culture and lifestyle of the Warli tribes of Maharashtra. The energetic performance of the drama artistes was well accompanied by the beautiful rhythmic dances. A fashion show by the teachers displaying Warli printed saris was a befitting finale for the splendid evening. The audience was left awestruck by the amazing performance of the students as well as the teachers.
Mr Ajay Mulkalwar, in his speech, appreciated all the performers and the entire cultural event. He was visibly impressed by the wonderful show put up by the students. He urged the students to develop a positive attitude and work hard in order to achieve success. His words of appreciation were a source of encouragement for all. The anchors of Std IV and V beautifully compered the entire Annual Day Programme. They were well appreciated by one and all. The evening finally ended with a vote of thanks followed by the National Anthem.
III) STD: I-III
The Annual Prize day for Std. I-III for the Academic Year 2017-18 was conducted on Wednesday, 24th October 2018. The students actively and enthusiastically participated in the Annual Cultural programme that was conducted for two consecutive days. Ms. Hirabegum Mulla and Dr. Vishwambhar Choudhari were the Chief Guests on 24th October and 25th October respectively. The programme started with the lighting of the lamp and was followed by the felicitation of the Chief Guests. The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Dr. Ashok Vikhe Patil, Chairman, Dr. Vikhe Patil Foundation, and Nandini ma’am, Director, Schools’ Program. Ms. Mulla who awarded the meritorious students and also the ones who secured 100% attendance gave the Prizes away.
The Cultural Programme saw the students of Std. I-III, participating in a play called “PAWS FOR A CAUSE”. The play highlighted the friendship between a dog and man. In the enticing script the inmates of an orphanage befriend an abandoned dog. They take care of it, forge an inseparable bond and even train it for a competition. Everyone appreciated the unique and unparalleled theme of the play of having a pet on the show. The play aimed to inculcate sensitivity towards animals and prevent animal abuse by spreading awareness.
STD: VI to VIII
The Annual Prize Day for classes VI to VIII was held on Friday, 26th October 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The theme ‘Sur Malhar ‘ was a nostalgic walk down the lane of Indian Classical Music. The Chief Guest for the function was Ustad Faiyyaz Hussain Khan, a renowned violinist and vocalist for the last 40 years.
The youth of today are exposed to various forms of music. Their taste for music too, is wide and varied. It’s an area well explored and one that has evolved, opening its doors and new platforms for growing talent over the years. With change in time, we too adapt ourselves to the trend. But when it comes to soul stirring music, we turn to the real soothing music, which lies embedded in our classical heritage. India is the home to a wide variety of music. Therefore, it is essential to familiarize our youth with the same. Through this play, a teacher of a modern day music classroom takes his students on a journey into the History of Indian Music. He introduces them to different forms of music, ancient and new musical instruments that were and are the life of music, especially introducing them to musical giants like Tansen whose names have been carved in Golden Letters in the History of Indian Music. The journey also introduces the students to various Indian dance forms, which use a variety of musical instruments. It was a great platform for 450 students to showcase their talents in various areas such as dance, singing, acting or be it playing musical instruments, before a lovely audience. Not to forget the students who helped backstage who were the backbone of the event. The program closed with the staff coming together in the everlasting “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” embodying the unity in diversity of India and how music binds the country in one common thread. The hard work of the teachers and students bore fruit when the audience showered them with appreciation as it was indeed a visual treat.
STD: IX to XII
The Annual Day for classes IX to XII was held on 27th October, 2018 in the School Amphitheatre from 6 pm to 8.45 pm. Our Chairman, Dr. Ashok Vikhe Patil was the Chief Guest. The theme for the programme was “Michael Jackson– The King of Pop”. The programme began with the welcome of the dignitaries and lighting of the lamp, which was followed by the Prize Distribution Ceremony for the Academic Year 2017-18.
The cultural programme comprised a bio-play on the life of Michael Jackson. A lot of mystery surrounds the life of the King of Pop, the elusive Superstar Michael Jackson. Rumours and scandals abound regarding his personal life, as is the case with any celebrity. His extravagant ways and charitable endeavours came under scrutiny innumerable times. This play was a tribute to the genius called Michael Jackson.
Starting from his early childhood days, where he was harassed and exploited by his own father, who was the manager of the Jackson 5, the play showcased how he lost out on having a normal childhood and how acquiring fame at an early age resulted in a bizarre lifestyle. It traced his journey as a budding child prodigy to a humongous superstar. His innate musicality without any formal training in music, his natural ability to churn out number one hits time and again, his perfectionism, his legendary moonwalk, the accusations levelled against him questioning his gender and his battle with vitiligo, a skin disorder, all of this was well documented and showcased in the play.
The play gave the audience an insight into his life and the acclaim he enjoyed. Peppered with simply splendid dance performances, narration, mime and live music, this play moved the audience to tears, while reliving the nostalgia of his hit songs and foot tapping music. His unique dance moves, emulated by many brought the stage to life and left the audience enthralled and begging for an encore. Michael Jackson was resurrected, albeit fleetingly through the wonderful performance of the students.
The programme ended with the brief yet encouraging speech of the Chief Guest, the vote of thanks and the singing of the National Anthem.