JOHN L. PAUL
They paid a fitting farewell to their school.There was a song in every heart and joy in every face as members of the MES Udyogamandal School family gathered together to celebrate the school's annual day. The evening's programme started on a holy note with an invocation to God. Jonathan and Sona - the hosts of the day, welcomed the audience to a land filled with laughter, music, dance, dreams, hopes and expectations... a land of infinite possibilities. The variety entertainment began as tiny tots of the school dressed in cute little costumes enchanted the audience by presenting the story of The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. They took the guests and children into the land of the fairies, witches and wizards, princes and princesses. What followed was a yoga display, reinforcing the belief that one can have a sound body if only one has a sound mind. The performance left the audience relaxed and happy. The school captain Jonathan Koshy Varghese welcomed the guests at a public meeting, which followed. The prize-distribution ceremony followed soon after. Parents and friends watched with pride as the young achievers received their hard-earned prizes. The cultural prize went to Pioneer and Viking walked away with the academics and overall trophies. Babina Babu of Standard X received the coveted Kalathilakam award.
Exciting programmesAt a thrilling dance performance, artistes, through the different dance forms, traced the cultural history and heritage of India. Very soon, the mood in the hall turned to one of suspense and eager anticipation as the Principal read out the names of winners of the most-prestigious award of the school - the most representative student awards, which went to Gayathri R of standard X and Jonathan Koshy Varghese of standard XII. Ragamazhavillu - a music rainbow, which was a fusion of seven keerthanas and seven ragas, presented by young nightingales of the school, followed. This was followed by an array of traditional art forms, which included Thiruvathira, Oppana and folk dances. In Jugal Bandhi, a grand performance on different instruments played by musicians of the school, too won appreciation. The performances of the budding actors and actresses of the school once again enlivened the audience, as they presented the English drama, The Dear Departed. In a humorous note, it conveyed the need for love and respect towards parents and elders. The music programme Rainbow Magic rocked the audience with age-old hits. The programme was unique since it was a fusion of western and eastern styles of music. The best was reserved for the last show, The Bollywood Express, a music and dance extravaganza by outgoing students. As lights turned dim, all standard XII students came to the stage with lighted candles and bid farewell to the school. It was a touching end to the greatest day of the school.