Indian School Sohar marked the 75th Independence Day of India with much gaiety with alacrity on 15th August, 2021. The event was set in motion on a virtual platform with a large number of students, parents and teachers witnessing the same. This year, India is commemorating 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav', a year-long celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of Independence.

 The auspicious occasion commenced with a soul-stirring prayer song 'Mera Khuda Bada Hai'. This was followed by the President, School Managing Committee, Mr. Abraham George, addressing the gathering. He not only reminded the audience about the glory of our national flag but also showed great reverence for the soldiers of our country. He advised the students to pledge to be well- disciplined, excel in studies and extra-curricular activities. He also motivated the teachers to impart knowledge, values and skills to the students and as staff members to fully support all activities of the school. To commemorate the struggle of our freedom fighters and to celebrate our achievements, he reminded and encouraged students to take part in the various events that will take place during the two year period till 15th August 2023, organized by the Embassy of India, termed as 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'.

The Principal, Ms. Sanchita Verma, greeted the gathering and paid her tribute to those leaders who sacrificed their lives, who led the independence struggle and those who rebuilt the country in the past 74 years. She accentuated that we are duty-bound to leave a livable planet for our future generations, and that we must preserve our culture and protect nature in order to have a bright future. She delivered a very touching message that as teachers no child must be reduced to a screen student but keep remembering that they need to give the students human contact while virtual. She emphasized to focus on socio-emotional skills, communication skills and ensure that learning may be virtual but the relationship must be real. She urged the students to be better citizens.

The boy School Captain, Rohan Suchithran, delivered a speech which emanated true connotation of patriotism. The tiny tots of Kg to II were dressed up as Indian leaders depicting their love for our country. The school choir sang a magnificent rendering of patriotic mash-up "Sare Jahan Se Achcha" and a patriotic song "Azad Hoo Mein" through which the students voiced out the rich musical heritage of India. Scintillating dance performances on the beats of 'Ye Desh Hai Meri Jaan' and a semi-classical dance 'Bharat Ek Anokha Raag' enthralled the audience with a true spirit of fervour and patriotism.

A wonderful display of the art work of enthusiastic students who beautifully designed and coloured posters and kites showed their patriotism, love and respect as true Indians. The Headlines of 15th August 1947 were well documented by Mr. Mamtaj Hossain Chowdhury, showing the most valuable and precious moments of the day India won freedom from the British rule. The teachers showed 'Unity in Diversity' and refreshed our minds of the rich culture and tradition of India by depicting various Indian States through their traditional dress. They displayed a great sense of pride and devotion for the nation.

The girl School Captain, Krithyaa Vijayanand, expressed gratitude by proposing the vote of thanks. Neha Antala and Shauryavir Singh of Class VII compered the programme. The online event was coordinated by the Cultural Club of the school under the able-guidance of the Principal, Ms. Sanchita Verma.

With great reverence and devotion to our motherland India, the programme ended with the National Anthem.


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