Celebration of the 68th Independence Day of India in Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul International School, Nagpur.
If Rakshabandhan was celebrated with a special morning assembly, the 68th Independence Day of India was celebrated with a full-fledged programme on the school campus.
The programme started when all the Gurukulites – our Swamiji, teachers, staffs, students and guests - assembled together for the auspicious ceremony of flag hoisting, which was conducted by our Gangadhar sir; this followed the national anthem and the parade show by the shining Gutukulites. A host of our students who had been training under Gangadhar sir for the last two weeks exhibited a smooth parade show in front of the whole assemblage.
This was quickly followed by a felicitation ceremony for the chief guest honourable Shree Nandulalbhai Ranchodbhai Mirani and the other dignitaries present on the stage. This was a moment when Mr.Mohanbhai Patel, one of the dignitaries present on the stage, took a pleasure to introduce Mr.Mirani to all of us and also spoke a few words on the special occasion of the Independence Day.
Once the felicitation session was over, there were two speeches by our teachers – one by Rupodarshi Sir in English and another by Karan Sir in Hindi. After the speeches, it was time for the tiny-tots of KG in the school to exhibit their musical sense by the choric song “Hum honge Kamiyaab…”. The events that succeed were a speech in English by Revant Namburi of class III, again a choric song – “Nanha Munha raahi hoon Desh ka sipahi hoon…” – by 1st and 2nd Standard students of the school and again a speech in English by Harsh Dugad of standard VII.
If so far the audience witnessed performances in music and speech, it was time now for them to witness something in sound, sight and action. A host of our middle school and upper middle school children performed a spectacular group dance on the rhythm of the song “Maa Tujhe Salaam”. This power-packed performance of the Gurukul warriors was quickly followed by a colourful ‘fancy dress show’ by the tiny-tots of the school again. The little masters of our school graced the stage in the looks of different freedom fighters of the Indian Independence. If one put on the get-up of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose or Bhagat Singh, another sported the looks of Gandhiji or Shivaji Maharaj. This fancy dress show was followed by another round of patriotic song by the primary students.
Now it was time to felicitate the top ten students in the FA-I Exam in the entire school, and this was done by our Principal Sir, who called upon the names of the students one by one and felicitated them with certificates and prizes. Later the toppers took blessings of Swamiji.
At last it was time when our honourable Swamiji enlightened us with some glimpses of Indian history and how the ancient Gurukul System of India was destroyed by the colonizers in India through centuries. With this concluding speech of Swamiji, the programme came to an end and it was time for everyone to proceed for the breakfast in the dining hall. At the end it must be mentioned that in the very first year of its inception and with a strength of only one hundred and fifty students, Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul International School, Nagpur, really excelled in celebrating the 68th Independence Day of India quite successfully.