Udupi, Nov 16: The first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday celebrated every year on November 14 as Children’s Day became special and memorable for the students of Milagres English Medium School Kallianpur as it was held with a touch of uniqueness miles apart from the usual manner of celebration near here at Milagres Tri-Centenary hall, Kallianpur.
The reason for the uniqueness of the celebration was the complete focus on students. None of the guests sat on the stage nor on the first rows except for the student cabinet members and class representatives. All the roles beginning from the chief guest, guest of honour, president and other dignitaries of the programme, were all played by the students. Principal, correspondent and headmistress sat on the fourth row in the hall. Moreover, a child prodigy who made a mark at the international level was the chief guest.
The celebration began with the chief guest and student dignitaries being escorted into the hall by the president of the programme- A student. After the Hindi prayer song led by the high school staff, the dignitaries (students) then lit the lamp and paid homage to Pandit Nehru. Correspondent, Fr Dr Lawrence C D’Souza, principal, Fr Lancy Fernandes SJ and Veera D’Silva only accompanied the students for the lighting of the lamp. A formal welcome was accorded to all by Dora. Later, every student representative from each class and the main cabinet members were felicitated florally by the staff.
Raksha, assistant school pupil leader (ASPL) of the high school adorned the president’s role during the entire programme, while Janice Furtado, ASPL of the primary school was the guest of honour. Tanushree Pitrody, 6th std student and child prodigy of St Cecily’s Kannada Medium School, Udupi, four record holder (two Guinness and two world records) in Yogasana was the chief guest. Wilma introduced the chief guest.
In her speech she stressed on the need for hardwork and determination that can work wonders in one’s life. Tanushree also presented a few most difficult postures (asanas) and body revolutions which won her world records and impressed the students about her world record skills. She holds the record for Dharuasana posture and ‘Nirlambha Poorna Chakrasana’ (full body revolution while maintaining the chest stand position) in one minute in April 2018. She has also participated in a Yoga show in Italy. The record holder was then felicitated by all the dignitaries accompanied by the correspondent, principal and headmistress.
Tanushree, apart from Yoga is well versed in Hulivesha, Yakshagana, Bharatanayam too.
The staff of kindergarten, primary and high school together meticulously planned the programme, dance, skit, mimicry etc. The wishing song sung by the entire staff of 45 teachers enthused the students.
Guest of honour Janice Furtado, expressed her sentiments. President, Raksha R delivered her presidential remarks and thanked the school for this special and unique experience. She truly is a multitalented child prodigy said Raksha, president of the programme. She enthused the students to imitate her well planned determined and motivation filled determination.
Rashmi compered the programme. Dora welcomed the student community. Marissa proposed the vote of thanks. The programme concluded with the school anthem and time to dance for 10 minutes.
Students were given sweets and ice-cream to savour the taste of the celebration. In the afternoon, the staff vs students matches were organised.