Indian School Darsait holds Silver Jubilee celebrations
November 27, 2017 | 8:06 PM
by Times News Service
Chief Guest Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to Sultanate of Oman along with the Board of Directors of Indian School Darsait. Photo - Supplied

Muscat: Indian School Darsait organised its Silver Jubilee celebrations at City Amphitheatre Qurum on November 24, 2017 with fervour, joy, zeal and zest.

Chief Guest Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to Sultanate of Oman inaugurated the function in the benign presence of Guest of Honour, Wilson V. George, Chairman, BoD, Indian Schools in Oman and an august gathering of distinguished personalities who included, embassy officials, official of Board of Directors, the president, and members of the School Management Committee, former presidents and members of SMC, principals of other Indian schools, office bearers of Indian Social Club and its wings, principal, administrators, staff, core committee members, special invitees parents, students, a good number of benefactors and well-wishers.

The function began with the prelude to the Royal Anthem of Oman and the National Anthem of India followed by a classical dance performance invoking the blessings of the Almighty. Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal extended a cordial welcome to all for their esteemed presence at the Silver Jubilee celebration of the school and making it a historical event. She highlighted the importance of Inclusive Education and ISD’s priority to make the school the most inclusive and child friendly Indian school in Oman.

Ajayan Poyyara who presided over the function enumerated the glorious achievements of the school over the years since its inception and expressed his profuse gratitude towards parents for their unstinting support and efficient leadership and guidance of former SMCs especially the presidents. He hoped that the school would get the same patronage from the parents for the smooth running and for carving out many success stories in the days to come.

The Chief Guest Indra Mani Pandey congratulated ISD on its completion of twenty-five glorious years of its commitment in providing quality education to Diaspora Children and for fulfilling its social responsibility and hoped that it might continue the same with added vigour and enthusiasm. The chief guest gave away the long service awards to the following staff on completion of 24 dedicated years of service to the institution: Leena Francis, Vice Principal (Primary Section), A.C Sarasan (HoD Malayalam), E.K. Hemraj, (Supervisor, Middle Section), Asalatha C.P, (English Teacher - Primary Section) P. V. Gopinath, (Art Teacher), and Zawan A. Rahman Gharib Al Zadjali (Omani staff).

Wilson V George, Chairman BoD, the guest of honour praised the school and congratulated SMC, administrators, staff, students and parents for working as a team to enable the school scale greater heights in all levels. He pointed out that there are many things that other Indian schools might learn from ISD. Master Harkrishnan Lal Pillai, Head Boy and Nanda I.S., Head Girl proposed vote of thanks to mark the end of the formal function.

A much-awaited cultural extravaganza — a variety entertainment followed. The fusion of budding and youthful exuberance in perfect tunes and rhythmic movements was indeed a shimmering visual treat to the core. A power point presentation ‘Glimpses’ portraying a rich array of school activities and the people behind them in a chronological order left an indelible imprint on the audience. Among other delicacies of the cultural extravaganza a mesmerizing dance performance on ‘inclusion’ in school presented by the tiny tots of KG touched the hearts of all present. Yet another item that had a sublimating effect was a journey of Indian dance and music by primary kids of the school. It was followed by a yoga skit, a superb performance by students of Inclusive Cell along with NIOS and mainstream children emphasising on the vocational training given to special needs children at ISD. Global dance, an amalgam of Goan, African, Chinese and western styles and tunes displayed was indeed a delightful experience to watch while contemporary dance drama “Prometheus” was a thematic execution that took the audience to cloud nine.

The performance of dancers from other Indian schools namely Muscat, Wadi Kabir, Al Ghubra, Seeb, Maabela and Muladha and dancers from Malayalam and Kerala wings of Indian Social Club, Muscat was definitely a glittering sight to see and it was a compendium of beauty, entertainment and style.

The grand finale a medley of Sufi, Hindustani and Western singing by 160 students of primary and senior school had a rapturous impact to stay on. All lauded the cultural extravaganza that was put up as the culmination of ISD Silver Jubilee celebration, presented by Shifa Aljazeera Medical Services LLC, and powered by Al Nahdha Al Omania Co. LLC and supported by many sponsors and executed with a team of selfless ISD family.

The highlight of the evening was the theme of the event - ISD to be the most inclusive and child friendly Indian School in Oman. To support the theme, the entire lady staff wore sarees which were block printed by the students of Inclusive Cell and gentlemen staff carried block printed handkerchiefs.

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