Indian Educational School (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) celebrated its ten years of excellence in education on 7 May on the school premises. The celebration included a two day cultural fiesta, Bhavyam – ‘splendid’ with over 1000 participants from 16 Indian schools in Kuwait, 10 events, 30 adjudicators, and more than 350 prizes.
The Guests of Honour at the inaugural program were Sunil Jain, the Ambassador of India to Kuwait, Ashok Pradhaan I.A.S (Retd.), Former Secretary to Government of India, as well as the Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi Kendra, Sooraj Ramachandran, Director, Bhavans Middle East, N.K.Ramchadran Menon, Chairman, Bhavans Middle East, Sudha Ramachandran, Divya Rajesh, Ali Judiyan Al Rashidi, the Sponsor of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sanad Al Mutairi, Director of Financial and Administrative Affairs, Ali Johair, Monitor of Educational Activities for Private School, Ayman Abdul Rashed Ibrahim, National Bank of Kuwait, and T. Premkumar, the Principal, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Accepting the special invitation of Mr. Menon, the Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, was Jeya Wilson, Principal, Integrated Indian School, Sujatha Sivakrishnan, Principal, United Indian School, Shyamala Divakaran, Principal, Gulf Indian School, and Fr. Lionel, Principal of Indian English Academy School who graced the occasion.
The event commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran and the rendition of the Kuwait National Anthem. The lighting of the ceremonial lamp was conjointly performed by the esteemed Guests of Honour, the Chairman, the Director, and the Principal. The minstrels of the school choir further rendered the prayer song.
The gathering was welcomed by the school Head Girl, Evelyn Biju George and bouquets were extended to guests and other dignitaries.
In his directorial address, Mr. Ramachandran congratulated the Bhavan’s Kuwait fraternity on having accomplished its brilliant decennial presence in the Arabian soil and said that the success lies in its very hallmark.
Mr. Jain, the Ambassador of India to Kuwait, formally inaugurated Bhavyam – 2016 and expressed his delight and pride in being a part of such a spellbinding celebration. He stressed on the need to extend quality education for the growing Indian community in Kuwait, and congratulated Mr. Menon for being very instrumental in imparting quality education by turning over every new leaf on his path to excellence. He also expressed his happiness over the opening of a second Bhavan’s school in Kuwait in September 2016 and wished the team the very best.
The Guest of Honour, Mr. Pradhaan emphasized on the inevitability of the role of Bhavans institutions in the present world, which is at the verge of moral degradation.
The release of the Bhavyam Decennial Souvenir was performed by the Guests of Honour, Chairman, Director and the Principal. The souvenir bore the message of the respected Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
A classical dance, semi-classical dance and Kathak was performed. Sreerag Mahadevan, the Cultural Secretary of IES proposed the vote of thanks. The inaugural function of the Tenth Anniversary Celebrations with the singing of the Indian National Anthem. The conclusion of the ceremony also marked the beginning of the cultural extravaganza; Bhavyam – 2016.
The mega cultural fete had ten different events held on two different days in three different venues on the school premises. Day 1 witnessed Gita chanting, fusion dance, patriotic song, photography, beat boxing and mime.
There also was a novel competition, an event exclusively meant for the parents and children of IES. Renowned Toastmaster, Praveen Madhavan was the host of the show. The event focused on the parent-child relationship and cemented the bonding between them.
Debate, rangoli and Indian tribal dance were held on day two.
The valedictory ceremony was held in the school auditorium on May 8 in the auspicious presence of the Chief Guest, Ashok Pradhaan, Mr. Menon and Mr. Premkumar and packed with the winners of various schools and their teachers, and the IES fraternity.
The participants and teachers shared their experiences of partaking in a celebration which was truly a feast to the eyes. The Chief Guest, the Chairman, and the Principal also shared their views on Bhavyam.
The frosting on the cake was the group song titled, ‘BHAVYAM’, written by Swarna Saini, HoD Hindi, composed by the music teacher Sijitha Rajesh and sung by 31 talented teachers of IES.
The prize distribution ceremony was administered by the chief guest, along with the chairman, and the principal. Indian English Academy School (IEAS) was declared as second runners up. The wunderkinds of Indian Educational School (IES) emerged champions. The host school relinquished its first position and FAIPS-DPS was declared the Champion of Bhavyam-2016. The students and teachers of FAIPS lifted the Bhavyam Championship Trophy from the chief guest and the chairman amidst roaring applause. The chief guest also accorded trophies to the other winners and participants.
Mr. Pradhaan congratulated each and every participant and expressed his full delight in being the Chief Guest of a programme of such great splendor.
Mr. Ramachandran in his address urged the teachers to have their own visions and missions in life. Aditya Jaypal, the Head Boy of IES proposed the vote of thanks. The cultural extravaganza concluded with the singing of the Indian National Anthem. Rajni Menon, the Head of Bhavans’ Pearls Nursery, was the emcee for the ceremony.