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IES celebrates the spirit of India with its annual exhibition
January 21, 2018, 3:47 pm

Indian Educational School (IES)-Bharatitya Vidya Bhavan, Kuwait hosted a fantastic School Exhibition on Thursday, 18 January. The exhibition was a joint venture of the departments of English, French, Hindi, Sanskrit and Social Studies of the primary, the middle and the senior wings of Bhavans based on the theme ‘Incredible India.’

The school exhibitions are usually confined to the traditional boundaries of scientific temper and often, the display of working models based on the principles of physical sciences. Bhavanites wanted to break the mold, and they did without compromising on academics to set up an exhibition of that scale. The parents, the teachers, and the students thronged the exhibition stalls filled with novel and unique projects.

The exhibition was formally inaugurated by the chief guest for the day by Harjeet Sawhney, the country manager of Air India-the flag carrier airline of India. Mr. Harjeet was given a guard of honor by the BSS cadets of IES. He was also received warmly by T. Premkumar, the principal, IES, Suresh V Balakrishnan, the vice principal, Middle and Senior Wings, Lalitha Premkumar, the vice principal, KG and Primary Wings, and Meenakshi Nayyar, the vice principal, CCA.

He was welcomed by 29 students, who were each dressed in the traditional attire of the states they represented. Mr. Harjeet visited all the stalls and congratulated the participants and the teachers on their efforts and enthusiasm. He said he was happy to be a part of an exhibition that proudly showcased the culture and heritage of India. N.K. Ramachandran Menon, the chairman, Bhavans Kuwait also visited the stalls.

The visitors were awestruck by the many exhibits displayed by the Social Studies Department. Statuettes, figurines, working models, pictures, video shows and 3D views on the glimpses of Indian History were quite laudable. A highlight of the event was the stalls that portrayed the history, the culture, the languages, and the cuisine of all Indian states from Kashmir to Kerala.

The language, cuisine, culture, traditions, textiles, herbs, spices, and everything related to India were displayed in the exhibitions stalls. The stalls showcased a variety of artifacts flown in from India. The herbs and spices stall provided the students an opportunity to see some of the rare medicinal herbs. The stalls of all Indian states proudly showcased their rich heritage.

The stalls also provided the visitors a unique opportunity to relish the traditional as well as the modern cookery of the states they represented. The stalls served traditional Indian dishes and sweets ranging from golden banana chips of Kerala to ‘dum aloo’ of Kashmir. The variety of ‘payasams’ and ‘kheers’ were relished by the visitors, and the proud parade of Indian sweets added a sweet and an enjoyable flavor to the exhibition.

The children gave a vivid description of the cultural heritage of every Indian state. They answered the questions raised by the visitors quite assuredly. ‘The lifestyles of the people in various states of India' was another visual feast presented by the little children. A mini theater was also set up by the students to familiarize the visitors with the dance forms of India. The rich genres of Indian traditional music were also played in the theatre much to the amazement of the visitors.

The departments of the languages won the hearts of the visitors with an amazing array of cultural programs. The English Department stole the show with character portrayal and choral recitations. Popular characters created by Indian authors in English set the stage on fire.

The Puppet Show staged by the Department of French amazed everyone. The puppets spoke, danced and interacted with the visitors. Another attractive exhibit was the display of important French personalities, who carved a niche for themselves in literature, philosophy, inventions, and so on.  The Department of French also showcased the rich French culture and legacy.  Songs like ‘Aux Champs Elysees’ won the hearts of the spectators.

The Department of Hindi rose to the occasion with their ‘nukkat natak.’ The highlight of the exhibition was indeed a slew of street plays in Hindi. The Primary children showed their patriotism by presenting a dance drama ‘The Indian Flag.’ Besides, there were also folk-dance shows and poetry recitation in Hindi – one of the richest languages in the Indo-European language family that boasts of 500 million speakers worldwide.

The Sanskrit Department proudly presented the glorious culture of India. The character portrayals from Indian epics ‘the Mahabharata ‘and ‘the Ramayana’, the stills of the ‘Gurukula System’, valuable insights into the ancient Indian tradition, the power of Ayurveda, the demonstration of ‘Surya Namaskara and Yoga’ etc. provided valuable information on Sanskrit – the mother of all languages and provided a glimpse of the rich legacy of India.

The annual school exhibition this year was indeed a true testimony of creativity, zeal and enthusiasm that Bhavanites are known for.  The encouragement the school received through the visits of the ever-supporting parents, and the knowledge-thirsty students of many Indian schools in Kuwait once again proved the trust that parents and the well-wishers have placed in IES – the school with a difference that makes a difference in the lives of its students.

Chrissa Oommen of grade 9 delivered the welcome address. Principal T Premkumar thanked the chief guest for his presence. The chief guest was presented with a memento by the Head of the Department of Social Studies Binoy Mathew and the Heads of Languages Jaemi Byju, Swarna Saini, and Jyoti Fathima as a token of the love and gratitude of Bhavans fraternity in the presence of the Vice Principals Lalitha Premkumar and Meenakshi Nayyar.  The emcees for the day were Megha Vinil and Ethan Boby Kurien of grade 7.


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