Mangaluru, Jul 27: The AICS Inter School Cultural Competitions – Carmel Ingenium 2019 was inaugurated at Mount Carmel Central School (MCCS) on the morning of Saturday, July 27 in the school auditorium.
The chief guest, NRI Dr Austin D’Souza Prabhu, the members of the management, vice president of the PTA Nisha Albuquerque, along with the principal Sr Melissa AC were welcomed with the traditional cultural ‘Shingari Melam’, the ceremonial beating of drums and escorted to the venue for the inaugural function.
The inaugural ceremony commenced with a devotional song by the school choir, which was followed by a graceful dance to welcome the gathering. Sr Melissa further brightened the ambience with her warm words of welcome and encouragement, wishing all the participants well in their competitions, and introduced the chief guest.
The chief guest of the inaugural ceremony Dr Austin D’Souza Prabhu, of Indian and American dual citizenship, has carved a niche for himself in both India and the States, and has to his honour, a road named after him in the United States of America. Addressing the gathering, he introduced himself as ‘an artist of Indian Culture’ and urged all gathered to uphold their traditions and culture wherever they may go.
The dignitaries on the dais then gathered around the ‘Treasure Bonanza’ which was opened by the chief guest to declare the cultural competitions open.
The ceremony ended with a vibrant vote of thanks by Vedanth Rao. The programme was compeered by two very lively and energetic emcees, Nathan and Bhoomika.
Various events such as Nukkad Natak, Comedy Act, Paint your pot, Cartoonscape, The Carve etc commenced soon after the inaugural and around 600 students from 25 CBSE and ICSE schools of Dakshina Kannada are participating enthusiastically. The whole campus reverberated with a competitive spirit among the students.