Bhavans Kuwait celebrated its decennial annual day on Thursday, 9 February, 2017 at the school premises. The 10th annual day, themed ‘Change’ was honored by the gracious presence of Rishiraj Singh IPS, the Excise Commissioner (DGP) in the state of Kerala, India, a much feared name for the organized crime syndicate in India. Mr. Singh was given a proud guard of honor by the BSS (Bhavans Servce Scheme) cadets. The other dignitaries present were Ali Jediyan Al Rashidi, the sponsor and owner of Indian Educational School (IES) and Smart Indian School (SIS), N.K.Ramachandran Menon, the Chairman, Bhavans Middle East, his better half, Sudha Ramachandran, Krishnadas Menon, Director IES, T. Premkumar, the Principal, Indian Educational School Kuwait and Mahesh Iyer, the Principal, SIS, Kuwait.
The celebration started with verses from the Holy Quran and the Kuwait National Anthem followed by a prayer song rendered by the school choir. The ceremonial lamp was then conjointly lit by the Chief Guest Rishiraj Singh IPS (DGP), Ali Jediyan Al Rashidi, N.K. Ramachandran Menon, Sudha Ramachandran, Kirshnadas Menon, T. Premkumar and Mahesh Iyer.
An invocation dance of classical fusion performed by the talented Bhavanites was the harbinger of the cultural fiesta of the evening. The blessed gathering of the chosen few was welcomed by Master Aditya Jaypal, the Head Boy, Indian Educational School, Kuwait. The floral bouquets of love, respect and appreciation were extended to the guests and special invitees by the school supreme council members.
The school annual report concerning the members of the Bhavan Fraternity stressing their hard work and success was presented by Mr. Premkumar, the principal, IES, Kuwait. The annual report of the Bhavan’s SIS was presented in the form of a newscast by Master Andrew Joseph Rodrigues and Miss Caren Ann Suresh, Master Jeffrey Induwara Withanachchi and Master Sambhav Nath Jain of SIS in a very innovative way.
More than 300 versatile Bhavanites from the primary, middle, and the senior wings of IES as well as their counterparts from SIS presented a legendry story onstage that depicted the extinction of mankind due to their unquenchable greed. This prompted them to sign a deed with the devil who plotted and brought their doom. But, the ever-benevolent, the ever-forgiving ‘Supreme Mighty’ made them sign the deed of the divine, the ‘Change’ and resurrected them; to live to love, to rule, to serve and to adapt to Change.
The audience gave a standing ovation when the curtains were drawn on the cultural extravaganza ‘Change’ so as to acknowledge their awe and admiration. The spectacular pageantry was conceptualized, directed and choreographed by Ms. Muneera, the HoD English (Primary Section), Ms. Jaemi, HoD English (Middle and Senior Sections) and Mr. EP Prasad (PGT English) and Rythmsacpes, the cultural wing of Bhavan, Kuwait respectively.
Then, the chief guest, Rishiraj Singh IPS (DGP) addressed the audience. He appreciated the chosen theme of the annual day and congratulated the performers for their brilliance. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of the roles of teachers and parents in the lives of children, and highlighted the increase in the cases of drug abuse among the new generation, and discussed how we can save ourselves and the generations to come from the impending doom with mutual respect, care and love.
He urged the parent community to make it a point to talk to their children so that they won’t go astray, and then seek refuge in the decadent dungeons of confusion. Mr. Singh was presented a memento and a painting by N.K. Ramachandran Menon, the Chairman, Bhavans Middle East as tokens of Bhavan’s gratitude to the well-regarded IPS officer.
The prize distribution witnessed the proud display of Bhavan’s whiz-kids and the child prodigies onstage to receive the prizes of excellence and accomplishment. Soon after, time brought another moment of glory as ‘Tejas’, the school magazine, was released by the chief guest in the presence of Ramachandran Menon, the Chairman, Bhavans Middle East, Sudha Ramachandran, T. Premkumar, the Principal, IES, Mahesh Iyer, the Principal, SIS, and the members of the editorial board, Sriee Ashwathaman, Jayashankar and Master Aswin Kumar, the Student Editor.
The day of infinite change ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Evelyn Biju George, the Head Girl, IES Kuwait. The emcees for the day were Miss Mokhinur Tinchlikova, Miss Elizabeth Gigi, Miss Rashmi Ajai Kumar, and Miss Snigdha Anil Kumar. Thus, a day with a humble origin was canonized by the holy grail of change and will be heading with a mission to change the world of vices to a world of love, peace and harmony.