It’s a new dawn that’s brought us here together,
It’s this new dawn, that’ll make us friends forever
Darkness has vanished, look ahead look high,
It’s a new day, look at the Aravali sky…
It was an overcast, cloudy sky which threatened to pour any second. But who, indeed, can resist the power of a group of children and adults determined to celebrate the dawn of a new age? It did not rain, and the sun too seemed eager to shine down on Pathways—Aravali as it rose bright and early to view all the exciting events on Day 2 of Udeesha, the Cultural Festival of PWS.
Conceived, or rather, dreamt of, a year ago, Udeesha had to be postponed to this year due to various unavoidable reasons. As the School Director, Dr Naidu, said in his inaugural speech, “Udeesha is the brainchild of Ms Maya Norula, who moved on to Hopetown Girls School earlier this year.” He urged all the girls from Hopetown to carry a message back to her: that her dream had been realized and that she would’ve been proud of all the hard work that has gone in to bringing it to life.
The Inauguration was attended by most of the participating schools, and graced by the Chairman, Mr Pramod Jain, Dr Kiran Dattar, and several members of the Governing Board. We were also delighted to welcome representatives of our two sister schools in Gurgaon and NOIDA.
The Udeesha events explored a range of art forms—music, dance, theatre, elocution, debating, fine art, design and technology, photography, and IT. Math, usually frowned upon by the art world, proved to be more than fun during Spectramind, a math-based quiz. Not to be left behind, every “subject” in the syllabus featured in the D’Quiz.
Displaying the spirit of sportsmanship, PWS—Aravali students participated in all events, but did not compete for the awards.
The grand finale on the second day included a series of performances by several participating schools—a Hindustani ensemble, rock bands, beautifully choreographed dances, and the final spectacle, I, Van Gogh, a play based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh, written and directed by Renjit Janardanan. The Art Department was infused with the spirit of the celebrated artist and created the splendour of the man and his art through a spectacular set which left everyone awe-struck.
In putting together this festival, students, faculty members, senior management and support staff worked in perfect unison—they could have all been dancing together, perhaps, in a tango choreographed by the inimitable duo of Norbu and Sanjay.
Photographs by: Anirudh Bayanwala and Sara Nishika Doyle
Article by: Cathy Anubha Banerji.
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