Every annual prize day is an important milestone in the journey of a student’s life.VPMS, Lohegaon celebrated its 8th Annual Prize Day on the 9th and 10th of November 2017.

Theatre is an effective medium of storytelling and instilling values in young minds. Hence the theme for this year’s cultural programme was “Kathavali- A Drama Fiesta.” Through a variety of songs, dances and drama, many stories enfolded on the stage of VPMS Lohegaon. The Chief Guest on the first day of this occasion was Mr. Vivek Ratna – Father of the AISSE’17 topper student from VPMS Lohegaon and on the second day was Ms. Shila Bhattacharya.

This occasion was also graced by the members of school management and many dignitaries from the field of education. All the guests were accorded a floral welcome by the Principal Mrs. Vinutha Ronurkar. This was followed by the introduction of the guests and lighting of the lamp.

Next, was the much awaited prize distribution where on the first day, Mrs. Bindu Manoharan, Primary Coordinator and on the second day, Mrs Swapna Nair, Secondary Coordinator announced the name of Prize winners and the Chief Guest gave away the Prizes.

On the first day, the cultural show began with the glorious heart lifting famous numbers like, ‘All God’s creatures got a place in the choir’ and ‘Skip to my lou my darling’ sung melodiously by the school choir. The anchors of the show, Varad Ketkar, Rujula Patil, Namanganeev Singh and Anushka Gautam extended a warm welcome to the dignitaries and expressed their gratitude towards their valuable presence. This occasion of celebration and felicitation presented by the students of Std.I-III was woven around the theme ‘Heaven is a place on Earth,’ conceptualised by Mrs. Sheetal Upadhay of VPMS, Pune School and executed by the teachers of STD I-III.

The Programme commenced with the little dramatists who enacted as school students.They took the whole programme through a journey of thriving for safety and compassion through heart touching scenes interwoven into dramatically overwhelming musical representations, dances of Lord Krishna and how the Saviour has bestowed upon us our parents and teachers to guide us.

From Krishna Avatar, Draupadi Vastraharan, Kalia Mardan Dance, Powada to a musical representation in honour of the teachers and tribute to Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil reflected moral and cultural values.

The Kalia Mardan dance, performed by the students showcased the eradication of amoral vices in society like corruption, pollution, bribe and violence. Guruvandana- Reverence for the teachers, displayed by the little ones was an outstanding performance.

The Powada Shahirs sang rhythmically to the tune of dholki and harmonium in praise of Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil that portrayed how the seeds of education sown by the Visionary, have successfully flourished today into beautiful saplings. One could see the hardwork that the students and the staff put in during rehearsals, reaching its culmination.

This was followed by the theatrical adaption of the famous Arabian night story, “Alibaba and the Forty Thieves” –a dance drama in English, presented by the students of Std V and VI. The story was presented as a narrative punctuated with pivotal scenes being enacted and dances performed to the live songs sung by a few of the students themselves. The show was appreciated for its dialogues, presentation, vibrant costumes and not in the least also for the colourful props used during the play. As the drama had narration, enactment, dancing and singing, all the students got an opportunity to participate.

The programme came to an end with a vote of thanks proposed by Swati Gayatri and Pratyush Paul followed by the National Anthem.

On the second day, the cultural program began with the theme of Rabindra Sansar, which showcased four different stories written by Rabindranath Tagore. The students of Class VI and VII performed the play. The students were guided and trained by the ‘Swatantra Theatre Group’ who helped the children enact the stories in the form of plays. The students brought to limelight their creative and artistic talents. Every class gave their performance with grace and got a big round of applause. Students from Std VIII, IX and X presented a Marathi play “Swatantryachi Yashogatha”, written by Swagath Thorat and directed by Mr. Sagar Lodhi and team. The play is based on the timeline of freedom struggle of India.

The play begins with the portrayal of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny initiated by Mangal Pandey and his troops. The play proceeded by depicting the contribution of Rani Lakshimi bai of Jhansi, Revolt of Chapekar brothers under the guidance of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, role played by Veer Savarkar to unite the Indians against British, the martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

This was followed by the motivational speeches given by Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. The play culminated with an inspirational speech by Bharat Mata to the audience where she appeals to them to value the sacrifice of our freedom fighters and not to misuse our rights and duties. It was a new experience for the VPMS Lohegaon students to enact a play with live music..

The programme ended at 8.45 pm with a vote of thanks and National Anthem. All the programmes received a lot of praise from the parents, many of whom graciously acknowledged the efforts put in by the teachers to prepare their children in this literary journey.