Indian School Sohar celebrated its 31st Annual Day magnificently in a twin celebration on 10thand13thDecember 2015.On the first day, Ms. Neelima Vyas, Chief Operating Officer, Sohar Free Zone graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Ms. Asha Shakrani, Founder Principal, Indian School Sohar was the dignified Guest of Honour.
The grand celebration continued on to the second day with H.E Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest and Sheikh Kanaksi Khimji, as the Guest of Honour. Mr. Kiran Asher Vice-chairman, BOD Indian School in the Sultanate, the members of the School Managing Committee and other distinguished guests were also present. More than 400 students dressed in colourful attire staged the various performances under the insightful stewardship of the Principal and teachers.
All the luminaries were accorded a floral welcome by the council members. Head Boy Prateek Prabhu delivered the welcome note. Mr. Sunil Sharma, member, SMC welcomed the august gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Sanchita Verma said, “The school turned on one more leaf in the calendar of events with the resonance of assiduousness and accomplishments in the colossal field of education, when another eventful academic year is reaching its culmination.”
The evening witnessed a rainbow of cultural wonders of music and dance. The students instilled the spirit of patriotism with the presentation of a dance drama, portraying the saga of sacrifice and courage of Queen of Jhansi. The English Skit ‘The Dear Departed' highlighted the message that we must show love and concern for the elderly in our families. The grand sets prepared especially for these programme awed the audience.
Through the Arabic Dance the students extended their heartfelt and earnest felicitations to the benevolent ruler His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the hospitable people of Oman on the occasion of the 45th National Day.
Garba, a leading folk dance of Gujarat Gof-Raas- an exotic confluence of colourful cultural strands left the audiences awestruck with their talent and skill. TerahTaal- Rajasthani folk dance, where the students swirled to the rhythms of the Manjiras, the Optical Illusion Dance, the Haryanvi Dance, Nasa Presentation, were the highlights among many others.
The Formation Dance: ‘A Page From A Student’s Diary’ staged by the boys was another inspiring and refreshing addition to the evening. A perfect blend of synchronized movements, fabulous formations and a heart-touching theme conveying a powerful message of an angel helping the kids for their education .Another formation dance, ‘Jhanda Unchaa Rahe Hamara’, instilled values of love, sacrifice, humility, along with patriotic feeling for our motherland.
The school choir enthralled the audience with their melodious notes on both the days presenting the Ragas, some famous Bollywood numbers reflecting different moods and styles based on RaagYaman and Kalyan and some patriotic numbers. The school band accompanying the choir was highly appreciated by all.
The grand finale, a Kathak dance recital ‘JAL SANJHI’ portrayed grace and an expression, which continues to stun its audience since the Mughal Era, was truly mesmerizing. The students performed all the different forms of Kathak in water presenting the evolution of elements in the cosmos and the importance of Jal or water among the elements. The audience was astonished when it actually rained on the stage.
The immaculate delicacy of nuances and details, the innovative approach of this flamboyant dance created ripples in the hearts of the audience.
Principal, Mrs. Sanchita Verma presented the annual report highlighting the achievements of the school throughout the year through a Power point presentation. Meritorious students in academics from Classes VI to XII were felicitated. As many as 65 subject-toppers of class XII and 13 students of class X with a CGPA of perfect 10 were presented with gold coins.
Archana C.M. who made her alma mater proud by not only attaining first position in the school but also among all the Indian schools in the Sultanate of Oman, with 98.2% marks was given a standing ovation by the audience. The school acknowledged her extraordinary performance by awarding her a trophy and merit certificate.
Staff members who have completed ten years of dedicated services were also honoured.
On the first day, the Chief Guest Ms. NeelimaVyas appreciated the hard work of the students and teachers. She also exhorted the students to be eco-friendly and save water and called upon the audience for the up liftment of girl child
The chief Guest H.E Indra Mani Pandey in his felicitous words appreciated motivated and encouraged the staff and the students. He said that the times are changing and it is the responsibility of the teachers to guide the students so that they become responsible citizens.
Head Girl Niharika Jha, proposed the vote of thanks. The audience greatly appreciated the variety programmes and applauded the efforts of the students and teachers.