“The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav means elixir of energy of independence; elixir of inspirations of the warriors of freedom struggle; elixir of new ideas and pledges; and elixir of Aatmanirbharta, ” Said our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi
Taking a leaf out of our Prime Minister’s book, The Choice School decided to celebrate all important aspects of 75 years of Indian independence, starting with the young Kindergarteners who put up small skits on what it was like to live in India of the pre Independence and the post-Independence era.
The children from grades 1and 2, dressed as various Indian freedom fighters, walked the ramp and spoke to the audience. There was community singing of our national song “Vande Matharam” organized for our children, led by our music teacher Mr.Sathish Nair.
Cmdr. Pankaj Chauhan, an Indian Naval Officer and a parent of our school, shared his thoughts on what it means to be a proud Indian. He also threw light on how we should become responsible citizens of our country.
India has had a rich and varied history, one that isn’t devoid of any struggles. For 200 years, India struggled to free itself from the shackles of the British Raj, making the fight to freedom a long-drawn one.
While every day was a struggle for the Indians fighting for their freedom, some key events rattled the British monarchy, enough for India to awaken to its freedom on August 15, 1947.
The Preparatory section consisting of Grades 3, 4 5 took us on a breath-taking journey of how India won her independence and how our country has become a force to reckon with today, with its marvellous development in all spheres.
The narration of the various landmark events by our young students of Grades 3,4 and 5 and the corresponding tableau presentations by these young future citizens of our country, mesmerized the audience with their perfection as they watched with rapt attention the unfolding of the history of India before their eyes. The attention given to every single minute detail in the presentations, was praiseworthy.
Middle school represented by the students of Grade 8 B,E,F and G put up a grand show on their Class day called Bharat@75 based on 75 years of Indian Independence. They portrayed the virtues, pride and colourful history of our homeland.
The audience was drawn into the celebration through the presentation of the five themes of the Mahotsav namely-the freedom struggle, ideas, resolve, actions and achievements of our nation @75. The spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat was symbolised by the character of a 75-year-old grandma who was celebrating her birthday with the nation. The boys and girls brilliantly depicted the courage and valour shown by our resilient patriots and freedom fighters through a tableau. The emotion of each individual was brought to the fore by the patriotic songs sung in the background by the Grade 8 choir. Their melodious voices stirred the deepest, nationalistic sentiment of every Indian present there. Manifesting their charisma on the stage, were the dancers who donned their bright coloured costumes to bring in the excitement and fervour of the event. The event concluded with students awakening the nation to fulfil the need of global peace and development. The achievements of our country were showcased as the result of the hard work, innovation and enterprise of the ordinary Indians in the fields of technology, aviation, pharmaceuticals and sports, inspiring the middle schoolers to fuel the vision of activating India 2.0.
On the 15th of August, The national flag was hoisted at the school in the presence of students and teachers, by our principal, Mr.Ajith Jacob ,who also addressed the gathering .This was followed by a series of inter-house competitions, all revolving around the theme of Independent India.
Apart from formal programmes, the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’campaign caught the imagination of the students of The Choice School. They went around making flags, hanging them in the classrooms, in the school, in their homes, and even displaying it on themselves as small badges. We had some enterprising ones pinning a flag on the website of the Ministry of Culture and getting recognized for it.
On reflection, one can proudly say that Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in schools of India has gone a long way in achieving the purpose of initiating a movement among the student community to recognize, celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.