By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 6 May: Seven Oaks School hosted an Inter School Music and Dance Competition on 4 May to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of India, showcasing a gamut of classical Hindi Choir, Indian Classical Dances and Indian Folk Dances.
Eight premier schools of the city participated in this mega event, which provided a platform to the participating teams to exhibit their talent. The participating institutions were Cambrian Hall, Raja Rammohan Roy Academy, Olympus High School, Scholar’s Home, Mount Fort Academy, Sunrise Academy and The Arcadia School.
The programme was presided over by the Chairperson of ‘The Child Protection Rights State Commission’ of Uttarakhand, Usha Negi. The panel of judges included former Principal of Gurukul PG College Meera Das Gupta; HOD, Music Department, in DAV PG College, Dr Anupama Saxena; renowned Sitar player Dr SumanTripathi, folk dance expert Hemant Butola, lecturer at Bhatkhande PG College, Poonam Joshi, and dance teacher Rachna Sonkar.
The programme commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Chief Guest Negi, Chairperson of Seven Oaks School Dr S Ganguli, Principal Kumar and the judges.
The splendour of Indian music and dance was unleashed on stage with the schools passionately presenting their performances. The Hindi Choir category included songs like ‘Pyaar nahi hai sur se jisko, aisa koi insaan nahi’, ‘Aaye hai hum dur dur se, Hum hai ruhe vatan’, Chhaap tilak and the classical Raag Bahar, drawing applause from the audience.
The stage resonated to Raaga and taals with the classical dance presentations, ‘Garaj garaj barso, Badar dekhdari’, ‘Teri dewani’, etc. The folk dances, Garba, Bhangra, Kalbelia, Bajuband and others were excellently performed.
Chairperson Negi congratulated all the participants for their earnest efforts and wonderful performances. Headmistress Siddiqui proposed the Vote of Thanks. The much awaited results of the competition, announced by her, drew large appreciation and applause.
The Arcadia School stood winners in the Hindi Choir performance category. The classical dance trophy was won by the host school and, thus, was presented to the next winning school, Scholar’s Home. Cambrian Hall bagged the Winner’s Trophy in the folk dance category.