By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 29 May: Over 200 children of Play Pen School were at their best at a cultural evening organised to remind everybody about the five elements, earth, water, fire, air and ether. The show was titled Panchmahabhootam. The glittering show was held at the Town Hall, here, today.
The children – all in the age group of 5 to 10 years – put their best foot forward on the occasion.
Dr Indu Agarwal, founder of the school, welcomed the guests and dedicated the evening to the entry of the school into its 40th year. Director Anil Agarwal, thanked the Chief Guest, other guests and parents present.
The first event was a Bengali dance devoted to Goddess Durga. This was followed by “I love my India”, subsequently moving to Rajasthan with children dancing to the vibrant tune of “Rangeelo Mar Dholna”. They went on to the fields of Punjab and finally to the land of Krishna. The children were colourfully dressed and danced with confidence.
The programme then moved to depiction of the sacrifices made by people for the country. The supreme sacrifice of a brave Rajput princess was portrayed in “Rani Hadi”. A glimpse of the freedom struggle was provided by the children dancing to the songs ‘Kandhon se Kandhe’, ‘Ai Watan Ai Watan’ and ‘Sare Jahan se Accha’. The contribution of India to the world was highlighted through ‘Jab Zero diya Bharat Ne’.
The culmination was the song sung by the legendary Bhupen Hazarika, ‘Ganga Behti Ho Kyon’, which sent a strong message on curbing pollution and saving the environment.
The finale was the coming on stage of all the 162 participants dancing to AR Rehman’s song, Jai Ho and carrying the Tricolour.
The Sutradhaars of the programme were Mohd Zakaria; Vaishnavi; Shantanu Gaur; and Anushka Gagat, all of Class-6.