The celebrations that marked six decades of India as a democratic republic were intense and joyous.

A moment of solemn pride and quiet reflection accompanied the celebrations of six decades of India being a democratic republic, by the students of schools that are part of The Hindu's NIE programme.

Renewed faith

At Ryan International School, Kundalahalli, the students renewed their faith in the principles of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity which marked the many successes that Indians have achieved and with which we will address the many challenges that will determine the destiny towards which our nation is steered. As the Tri-Colour fluttered high in the sky, the school ground blossomed with myriad colours of freedom as the students put up drill displays and tableaux based upon patriotic songs in Kannada and Hindi. The school choir added their melodious voices to set the mood for a glorious remembrance of harmony and fostering in a sense tolerance and forbearance. A synchronised march past symbolised the strides of the nation into a future redolent with the dreams of our martyrs and the pride of our constitution-framers that is helping us reach the stars

At the National Public School, Koramangala, the students of Std. XI began the celebrations. The event had a humble start, with an extract of the famous speech by Dr. Babu Rajendra Prasad, the first President of Independent India, outlining the various aspects of the Constitution.

The classical dance performance the tune of “Vande Matram” showcased an artistic unfurling of the National Flag. The short skit on the army protecting and serving their country and countrymen selflessly, sacrificing their lives, filled the hearts of people with the sense of patriotism.

Special music

The celebratory dance on the number “Jai Ho” followed by the song “Yeh To Desh Hai Tera” filled everyone with the pride of being an Indian.

The most touching moment was the celebration of national integration on the evergreen tunes of “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” bringing the students together dressed in different traditional costumes reinforcing the theme “Unity in Diversity”.