Vikhe Patil Memorial School, Pune, held its Annual Cultural Week 2019, from Sunday 13th

October to Friday 18th October 2019. The six-day event began with the Annual Prize Day for the year gone by, followed by the Cultural Fanfare that showcased an array of talent in various performing arts, ranging from mesmerizing dances and songs to well enacted dramas, along with a message for every person in the audience to take home.

The theme presented on day one and two, by the students of Std I-III, was ‘Confucius - The

Great Thinker’. It was a dance drama that highlighted the teachings of Confucius and how we can imbibe them in our day to day lives. It was showcased through the famous Chinese nail dance, umbrella dance, dragon dance, fan dance and lotus dance along with a drama on the thinker’s life which was scripted in poetic verses. The Chief Guests who graced the occasion were Mrs Matina Owen and Dr Vidula Mhaiskar. It concluded with a well coordinated fan dance by the teachers that left the audience in awe.

The Chief Guest for the day three event by the students of the Preprimary Section was Dr Analpa Paranjpe. The students presented the theme ‘Finding Nemo’ which was a flamboyant pageant showcasing the rich and divergent underwater world through theme-based dances performed by the tiny tots to foot tapping music. Respect for one’s parents the timeless values of being truthful and adhering to a promise made, were the messages conveyed through this performance by the students. All the teachers joined in enthusiastically with the students to shake a leg in the foot tapping finale.

Day four was a presentation on the epic life of ‘Zill-e-Ilahi Baadshah Akbar’, by the students

of Std IV and V. The Chief Guest for the event was Mrs Barve. The glimpses of the Mughal era came alive on stage through a period drama on the glorious reign, religious tolerance and able administration of the Great Emperor. The students took the audience on an enchanting trip down the history lane with their scintillating performances and well-coordinated choreography. The live classical performance of Tansen’s song based on Raag Deepak and Raag Malhar was the highlight of the event. The royal and regal theme-based drama concluded with a Sufi dance performance by the teachers.

The theme for day five was ‘Chakravartin Samrat Ashok’ which was showcased by the

students of Std VI-VIII. The event was graced with the presence of Dr Ajay Joshi as the Chief Guest. The theme of the play evolved around Ashoka’s life from Buddha’s prediction, 200 years before his birth, to his rule in India. It included scenes from his birth, coronation, greed for power and ended with the brutality of the Kalinga war, which enlightened him to adopt the teachings of Buddhism and to spread the message of harmony all over the world. The show ended with a dance performed by the teachers, in sync with the theme of peace and harmony.

The final day was graced by the august presence of Dr Ashok Vikhe Patil as the Chief Guest for the Std IX – XII performance, which was a scintillating musical tribute to ABBA, titled,

‘ABBAsolutely Rockin’. The energy packed dance performances on hits like Voulez Vous,

Dancing Queen, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Honey Honey, Hasta Mañana, Angel Eyes and many more enthralled the audience. The choir and live band left the audience spell bound with their melodious rendition of numbers like Mamma Mia, Thank You for The Music and I Have A Dream. The tribute concluded with all the senior teachers joining in an ABBA medley, which was a befitting tribute to the pop band and a grand conclusion to the eventful week.

Over the period of six eventful days, a whopping 1800 students, across all grades, performed to the best of their ability and took the audience by storm. They presented an astounding visual treat with their impeccable performances coupled with a superb assortment of props and LCD displays which mesmerized every spectator present. On all the days, the Amphitheatre resonated with the heartfelt appreciation of the audience and drew the curtains on yet another memorable Annual Cultural Celebration to be cherished for a long time.

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