Indian School Sohar celebrated its 33rdAnnual Day magnificently in a dual celebration on 5thand 7thNovember 2017.On the first day, Sheikh Issa bin Humaid Al Shibli, Assistant Director General for Educational Affairs, Ministry of Education, North Al-Batinah Governorate graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Mr. Naseer bin Saeed Al Musalmani, Administrative Expert, General Directorate of Education, Ministry of Education, North Al-Batinah Governorate was the Guest of Honour.
The magnificent celebration continued on to the second day and was presided by Sheikh Shri Kanaksi Khimji, Honorary President, Banyan Merchant Community as the Chief Guest and Shri Anil Khimji, Director, Khimji Ramdas LLC, as the Guest of Honour.
Shri Kiran Asher- Member, Board of Directors of Indian Schools in Oman, Shri Rajendra M.Ved, Executive Director, School Managing Committee, Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir & Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir, International and Shri Harshendu Shah, President, Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir, International, delegates from the Ministry of Education, the members of the School Managing Committee, Indian School Sohar, Mr. Abraham George, President, Mr. Rajesh B. Mehta, Treasurer, Mr. Lalit H. Asher, Mr. Ajay Damani, members, SMC were present to witness the grand event.
More than 500 students dressed in colourful attire unfolded the colors of this cultural fest under the insightful leadership of the Principal and teachers.
All the guests were accorded a floral welcome the members of the School Managing Committee, Indian School Sohar. Head Boy Rahul Khatav delivered the welcome note on the first day and Mr. Abraham George, President, SMC welcomed the august gathering on the second day.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Sanchita Verma said, “We must never be complacent. Instead, we should always strive to do better and expand our capacity in pursuit of excellence by scaling new heights.”
The evening witnessed a rainbow of cultural wonders of music and dance.
The English Skit ‘Et tu, Brute!’ from Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare’s was greatly appreciated as it projected the power of oratory. The actors efficiently depicted betrayal in friendship and how the courage induced in Mark Antony by his love for Caesar aggravated the spirit of revenge among the Romans. The Mime show: Jal Hei To KalHei raised the burning topic of the need to conserve water. The grand sets prepared especially for these programmes awed the audience.
This was followed by the presentation of various dances such as classical, folk, harvest, and western. Students draped in colourful attire and dancing with dandiyas, pots and umbrellas presented Garba, an exuberant Gujarati dance. Esplendrous Baile – a Spanish extravaganza was a feast for imagination. The Sawagat Dance, Sufi Dance, Kalbelia Dance from Rajasthan, were the highlights among many others. A perfect blend of synchronized movements, fabulous formations and heart-touching themes enthralled the audience.
A soulful rendition by the school choir was a befitting tribute to the Indian Armed Forces, presenting a saga of sacrifice and courage of the Indian armed forces. The school band accompanying the choir was highly appreciated by all.
The grand finale, Asatoma Sadgamaya which literally means guide me from ignorance to truth illumined the stage with diyas. 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 glorious achievements of the school in both academics and co-curricular activities, through a Power point presentation. Meritorious students in academics from Classes VI to XII were felicitated. As many as 53 subject-toppers of class XII and 43 students of class X with a CGPA of perfect 10 were presented with gold coins.
Staff members who have completed ten years of dedicated service were honoured in the traditional Indian style with a shawl, coconut and a cash prize by the honorable Chief Guest Sheikh Shri Kanaksi Khimji.
In his felicitous words he emphasized the pivotal role of teachers in the path of learning and appreciated them for their noble service. He urged the students to follow their dreams with perseverance and self -confidence and reminded them that there were no short cuts to success.
Mr. Abraham George, President and other Members of the School Managing Committeeappreciated the hard work of the students and teachers.
The vote of thanks was proposed by the Head Girl Tulsi Mehta,on the first day and by Vice- Principal Dr. K Vinu Kumar on the second day. The audience greatly appreciated the variety programmes and applauded the efforts of the students and teachers. The close cooperation shown by the students, teachers and the administration manifested in the grand success of the event.