Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan institutions are well-known across the globe for promoting and promulgating the varied and vibrant Indian culture. Onam, one of the most colorful harvest festivals of South India, was celebrated on Indian Educational School (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) premises with fun, frolic and feast on 27 August, 2015.
The Staff Club of IES hosted a cultural fiesta comprising of ‘thiruvathirakkali’(a traditional dance performance by women),‘mohiniyaattam’(a sophisticated traditional classical dance),‘pulikali’(a recreational folk dance) and other musical performances. An exclusive stage version of ‘thiruvathirakkali’ by the male staff members of IES entertained the audience. The performance was met with rounds of applause and loud laughter.
A stage show evoking the nostalgic memories of the homeland was presented by a group of teachers led by the head of the department of computer science; Asha Ebey. The excitement reached its pinnacle when Shri Ashwathaman, a member of the French Department disguised as the legendary king Mahabali walked into the auditorium. The king blessed his subjects abundantly amidst cheer and laughter.
The ladies of the IES fraternity adorned the reception area of the institution with an amazing ‘pookkalam’ (floral carpet) much to everyone’s awe and admiration.
A traditional Onam feast with 21 dishes on the menu was also hosted by the chairman of the institution. The feast was served on plantain leaves in the traditional way and was relished by the multi-ethnic members of the staff community. N.K.Ramachandran Menon, the chairman, IES and T. Premkumar, the principal, IES wished the staff members a joyous and a blessed Onam.