Events - Namaste India 2014

Indian mythology is one of the richest elements of Indian Culture. The account of mythology with its fascinating stories and the multi-faceted mythological characters have left an indelible mark on us. Vishnu and his Dashavataras, Krishna and his leelas, Shiva and his Tandava and Durga and her rage ; these characters have enraptured the listeners- kids and adults alike with their powerful personalities, larger-than-life deeds and colourful visage.

Paying rich tributes to this glorious legacy of India was the objective of the Annual Interschool cultural competition - Namaste India. The theme of this year's event was 'Myths and Mythology'. This cultural extravaganza was held on 23rd August, 2014 at the Pawar Public School, Bhandup, the school which hosted the event.

The event comprised two categories - Music and Dance. The Registration and participation of the teams from the various schools in Mumbai was confirmed through an online procedure. The participating schools were given codes and badges and the teams were not permitted to disclose the name of the school which they represented.

The competition began with a welcome song by the host school and was followed by a speech delivered by the Principal, Mrs. Suma Das.

The judges for both events comprised of senior artists, well - established and respected personalities in their chosen art form. The music competition was judged by Shri. Aniruddha Joshi and Dr. Kalpana Ponkshe and the dance competition was judged by Srimati Lata Rajesh and Srimati Swati Iyer.

Music Competition:All the performers were at their colorful best and the bright costumes resembling mythological characters made for a vibrant setting. Dramatisation was an integral part in the music competition. It was wonderful to note that the singers walked the extra mile to include props and actions which complemented their songs. Pawar Public School, Kandivali won the first prize in the Music category.

Dance Competition: The dance competition was equally vibrant and energetic. The team from Friends School, Mulund won the first prize through a power packed performance. The host school presented the episode of Mahabharata in which Arjuna loses courage on the battlefield of Kurukshetra and Lord Krishna, his mentor then transforms into Vishwaroopa and teaches Arjuna the lessons of life, giving birth to the immortal Bhagwat Geeta. This was just a presentation as the host school did not compete for prizes.

Winning accolades:The performances were well appreciated by the judges who gave special pointers and useful tips to all the participants. They appreciated the energy, enthusiasm and efforts put in by all the participating students and the teachers who guided them. The judges also pointed out that art is a soulful commitment and any superficiality has to be avoided.. They urged the students to delve deeply and penetrate into any topic that they chose to present rather than just skimming the surface.

The Competition ended with the declaration of prizes . The school auditorium reverberated with the thunderous applause of the audience and gave the reassurance that Indian Performing Arts is still alive and going strong..