JASHN-E-BACHPAN - CLASS NURSERY & CLASS III
A two day extravaganza Jashn-e-Bachpan took off at Delhi Public School on February 27 and 28, 2018. The students paid a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary making every heart reverberate with patriotism. The programme commenced with a warm welcome to the eminent gathering. A scintillating classical dance performance was next in store for the audience, which left them spellbound. This was followed by the annual class report in which the children gave a glimpse of the activities conducted by them throughout the year.
The students of Nursery presented a play ‘Bapu Ki Taakat’. A rhythmical recitation about the life of Gandhi took the audience on a journey through his inspiring life. The play enacted by the students aimed at acquainting the audience with the articles used by Mahatma Gandhi: dhoti, walking stick and spectacles.
The students of Prep presented a play ‘Bapu ke Sutra’ which opened with a noteworthy introduction to the making of Gandhi ji. Some prominent incidents in Gandhiji’s life depicting his transformation from Mohan to Mahatma were beautifully enacted. The character of Dadaji befittingly explained the simplistic and humble life of Gandhi, interlaced with hypnotic dance performances and soulful songs. The next act gave a beautiful rendition of the advent of the nonviolence movement which eventually brought freedom to India.
Class I presented a play based on the theme ‘Mohan Se Mahatma Tak’ which portrayed Gandhi ji’s life experiences from his childhood that instilled truthfulness and nonviolence in him. The various key incidents of his life that gave birth to principles of truthfulness, non-violence and Satyagraha were showcased by the students. Their performances and dialogues in different scenes, as well as their dances added aesthetic and symbolic value to the theme. Children tapped their feet to the Bengali song, ‘Ekla chalo re’, written by Rabindranath Tagore. They also performed a song celebrating 100 years of Champaran Satyagraha. The students marched from the stage through the audience and exited gracefully showcasing the movement of the Satyagraha.
The students of Class II presented their play based on the theme ‘Satyagraha’. The play began with depiction of the arrival of the British East India Company at the Port of Surat in the garb of traders. Soon, the native Indians were treated as second class citizens and forced into slavery and oppression.
When Gandhiji returned from South Africa as a well educated barrister, he took over the reins of the freedom struggle. His weapon of choice was Satyagraha or non-violence. The Jallianwala Bagh scene was the most poignant scene and influenced the audience immensely. Gandhiji’s disapproval of the Chauri Chaura incident and his triumph in the Dandi March were depicted marvellously.
A cultural extravaganza titled ‘Chalo Champaran’ was presented by the students of Class III. The students performed the dances in proper coordination and delivered the dialogues impeccably. As the culmination of their performance the young ones walked through the audience waving out with confidence.
All the dances were well choreographed and executed with perfection. The costumes looked classy and stylish and the speakers were incredibly eloquent. The befitting costumes, hairstyles, make-up and props were carried magnificently by the budding artists.
The Principal Mrs. Balmit Kaur highlighted the supreme sacrifices made by Gandhi ji to enable India to get liberation from the bondage of the British. She exhorted the students to always speak the truth as it emboldens oneself. She lauded the relentless hard work done by the students for presenting such a message-oriented programme. She envisaged the vision of Mahatma Gandhi and stressed upon the need to follow the principles of truth and righteousness given by him. The need for following these principles becomes all the more necessary in today’s materialistic world. The event concluded with the national anthem. The contentment was evidently visible on the faces of the parents after watching the charismatic performances of the talented artists.