“By education I mean an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit.” -Mahatma Gandhi
To commemorate Bapu’s 150th birth anniversary, Delhi Public School Coimbatore took an initiative to organize the celebration with splendor and gaiety. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has been highly regarded as the epitome and embodiment of non-violence and Ahimsa as he fought tirelessly for the nation to obtain freedom from the clutches of tyrannical British regime. October 2nd is a Red letter day in the epoch of Indian history as Gandhiji is remembered for his remarkable contributions. The UN General Assembly proclaimed on 15 June 2007 that 2nd October would be observed as the International Day of Non-Violence. In order to show due reverence and honor to the great leader, our school observed Mahatma Gandhi’s week from September 30, 2019 to October 5, 2019.
Furthermore, to imbibe his ideologies, our school celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi with a plethora of cultural programmes comprising a series of bhajans, speeches on Mahatma and skit. The children and teachers witnessed the programme and seated in a form of a semi-circle and left the space in the centre for the performance. The programme got underway with Gandhi bhajan and prayer songs sung mellifluously by the students, teachers and outsource staff members with passion and veneration.
A marvelous conversation on Gandhi was rendered in front of the audience by the two budding orators Abhiram and Janyavika indeed added a delight and pleasure to the event. The highlight of this programme was the performance of a student Sreela, who played the role of Rabindranath Tagore, a close friend of Mahatma. Tagore’s first meeting with Gandhi, their exchange of ideas, ideological differences; taste preferences gave a new insight to the audience about his life history. Subsequent to this, Tamil poem recitation on Gandhian life and principles added a new dimension to the event.
As an icing on the cake, an exciting and emotional yet humorous and thought-provoking enactment was presented aptly titled as “A Saga of Freedom” in a hilarious manner. The skit depicted the message that people should upkeep honesty and integrity in all walks of life as per the legacy left by our Father of nation- Gandhi.
Thereafter, we proceeded to the final segment of the programme with the Head Master’s exclusive address wherein Sir exhorted everyone to work upon Gandhiji’s noble ideals such as eradication of social evils, injustice and untouchability and persuaded everyone to work for the progress and development of our country. It was then followed by administering the pledge to upkeep Gandhi’s principles. Thereafter, the programme culminated with National Anthem followed by the distribution of butter milk to quench their thirst.