The Indian Community School Kuwait (ICSK) organized a Mega Arts Fest for the first time, with more than 80 different types of competitions in various categories in two days, three venues and six stages with the participation of more than 2,000 students from all the Indian Schools in Kuwait. This was an epoch making event in the Middle East.
The Indian School Mega Arts Fest is a manifestation of the amazing talents fostered in schools in Kuwait. Never before in the history of Indian school art competitions in Kuwait had there been such an opportunity for students to express and reveal the hidden imagination of the young minds.
The inauguration of Mega Arts Fest began with the recitation of the traditional Islamic Prayer and Prayer song followed by the rendering of the National Anthem of Kuwait and Britain. Dr. V. Binumon, Principal and Senior Administrator of ICSK welcomed the guests followed by the Lighting of the Lamp. In the inaugural address by the Chief Guest, Ambassador of Britain to Kuwait H.E. Matthew James Lodge gave an inspiring speech. The address by Guest of Honor, Sudha Chandran, Cine Artist and Dancer was an eye opener for the listeners. She was magnanimous enough to show a few dance steps to the students. The words of Special Guest, Maryam Abdul Rahman Dashti, Dept. of Middle & High School, Ministry of Private Education, Kuwait, too were interesting. Representing the Organizing Committee, Agnello A.S. Fernandes, Joint Secretary, Board of Trustees, ICSK addressed the gathering.
There were off-stage and on stage programs. Off-stage competitions were conducted in advance and the results were finalized. The two days of competitions were the highlights of the Mega Art Fest. Individual and group items were conducted on various stages at different locations for five categories. The entrees in the various competitions were stunning, leaving judges in a difficult position to choose winners from such an awe-inspiring display of talent.
The Valedictory Ceremony began with recitation of Islamic prayer and rendering of Kuwait and Indian National Anthem. The welcome song was sung by the Swaranjali the ICSK choir. The welcome address given by Dr. V. Binumon, Principal ICSK and Senior Administrator which was followed by the lighting of the lamp by Ambassador of India to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain, and Padmashri.Dr. Resul Pookutty, an Oscar Award Winner and Golden Reel Award Winner, the Special Guest for the day.
The Indian Ambassador Jain in his inaugural speech showered praises on ICSK in organizing this event in such magnitude. The words of wisdom from the Special Guest, Padmashri Dr. Pookutty made everyone understand the value of education.
The Special Guest Dr. Pookutty had kindly consented to give away about 600 prizes for Category 1, 2 and 3 (individual and group), which was indeed a wonderful gesture to hand over all these prizes individually to each and every winner.
Kala Prathiba and Kala Tilak (in each category) were given 4gm. of Gold and a Crystal Trophy. The organizers as well as the parents and participants were deeply touched by this gesture.
Cultural events presented on stage by ICSK students mesmerized the audience prior to the distribution of prizes for Category 4 and 5 (Individual and group) and the Kalathilak and Kalaprathiba, special awards for Categories 1,2,3,4,5 and the distribution of the overall Trophy. The live concert by Stephen Devassy, a gold medalist from The London School of Music, picked up the momentum to give the Mega Arts Fest a befitting finale.
With the vote of thanks proposed by Rajesh Nair, Principal, ICSK Amman branch, bought the Mega Art Fest 2016 to a close.
The following are the winners in different categories to be the Kala Prathiba and Kala Thilak of Mega Art Fest 2016.
In category -5 Muhammed Basil Habeeb of ICSK Senior and Parvathy Sudeer Nair of United Indian School declared to be the winners of Kalaprathiba and Kalathilak.
Under category- 4 Abel Chris of ICSK –Senior claimed the Kalaprathiba while Aishwarya Shaji of FAIPS PVT.School became the Kalathilak.
Milan Abraham Mathew of ICSK –Khaitan and Batul Rokadiya of Salmiya Indian Model School declared to be the Kalaprathiba and Kalathilak respectively.
The winners of Kalaprathiba in category -1&2 were Aibel Praveen Panampally, FAIPS Pvt. School and Aaron Varghese James, ICSK – Junior respectively.
Nakshatra Neeraja Binu, and Reine Mary John, both from Indian Educational School declared to be the winners of Kalathilak in Category 1&2.
School wise points position as follows: ICSK Senior secured 186 points under category 5 and FAIPS PVT School had 102 points under Category 4. In category 3, ICSK Amman scored 94 points and in Category-2 Indian Educational School earned 56 points. In Category 1, Indian Educational School secured 42 points.