A great programme..

A great day was already on the cards when I was to accompany my parents to witness my school’s 49th Anniversary. A day made even greater because of the knowledge of the fact that my little sister...um sorry…cultural secretary of the school would be adorning a beautiful blue saree and compeering the show! But what made today a day to remember and cherish was the actual cultural performance of the little children…hey…my juniors!

Being an Indian and a Chennaite at that, I have attended several cultural programs – Carnatic concerts, Dance performances, Dance dramas, Dramas, light music events, arengetrams, etc, etc. The fact I’m trying to hint at here is that I have experienced enough to be termed as an “art appreciator”! And I must say, today’s show was absolutely brilliant!

But to be fair, I must say – it was to be expected! My school’s Anniversary is always one of the awaited events of the year when we get to witness student’s talents enhanced by professional make-up and too-good-to-be-true-props! It was a little different this year though…

I observed that quite contrary to the last few years, this year’s anniversary was quite devoid of props (except for the finale.) It was perhaps this fact that made me appreciate the efforts even more! Instead of the usual props, like the oonjal or the swing, there were four students and they appeared to be pushing and pulling it! It was done so naturally and beautifully, that I wondered if they were the little children they appeared to be!

The theme for this anniversary was Dhana Vaibhavam – Ullathil Nalla Ullam. It was a great theme considering the innumerous tales we all know of charity, “giving without hesitation, and expecting nothing back.” Each of the tales – Akshaya pathram, vamana avatharam, karnan, etc. were beautifully portrayed by little ones!

As a student of NUS I have had the good fortune of witnessing certain other concerts as well – Chinese New Year dances, Accapella and the usual “English Concert” (as I term it) And all these factors made me realize that today, I had witnessed one of the strongest representations of the Indian art form of drama, music and dance.

3 comments:

prithz said...

Ahhhh!!!1 You went for our school anniversary program????!!! OMG, i cant forget those days, when v used to plan with our frnds, get dropped by daddies and mummies, bring snaks and drinks!!!! Enjoy the show to the core.. shouts our throuts out when v see our frnds on stage.. hehe :) amazing it used to be...

and yeah, i remember once participating as one of the dalamations when i was in class 2 or 3... u can chk out more abt that here...
http://memoriesofprithz.blogspot.com/2006/07/pretty-it-is.html

Archun said...

haha! I know!! They used to be sooo much fun...but I felt really sad when I went this time ... too bad we can't go back to school!!

Sowmya said...

omg..u had gone for the scool anniversary prog eh..!! i still remember the days we ppl used to go there n the fun we've had! i miss them man!