The festive season of ‘Navratri’ is here and it brings with itself an air of cheer and happiness. The Telugu Department of Meridian School, Banjara Hills, here celebrated Dasara in a grand way on the school campus on Wednesday. The hall was decorated traditionally and students dressed up in ethnic attire and presented a wonderful show.

The celebrations commenced with performing puja. The significance of the nine days of Dasara and the deities was explained to the students. Young girls danced around ‘Bathukamma’ singing songs merrily. The students were told about how Dasara is celebrated in North India - the Ram Leela and in South India too.

A sprightly dance was presented depicting the end of Mahishasura, the demon. The celebrations ended with the distribution of yummy treats. It was fun to see many guests going around the Bathukamma along with the students trying to sing the song.

Dasara at Sister Nivedita School

Children of pre-primary and primary wing of Sister Nivedita School here celebrated the auspicious festival of Dasara by organising a variety of dance and skit programmes to mark the spirit of the festival.

The programme began with ‘sloka’ seeking the blessings of Goddess Durga. The children presented the programme binding the essence of the festival in different parts of our country. The highlight of dances included Durga Puja, ‘Dandiya’ from Gujarat and Batukamma of Andhra Pradesh.

Skits from Ramayana enabled the children to understand the victory of good over evil. The programme concluded with ‘Nava Durga’ performance in which children looked impeccable in the nine forms of Goddess Durga.

Art workshop

A one-day workshop by eminent artist Shakti Das was conducted for the students of Aravinda High School, Kunapalli and Aravinda Model School, Mangalagiri.

The artist explained, through stories from his own personal experience as a cover page artist for “Chandamama and Chandrabala”, the special techniques one uses in painting human figures.

Knowledge about human anatomy is very important to create beautiful masterpieces, he told students.

After listening to the artists’ personal insights, students were instructed by him and tried to draw wonderful pictures themselves.

Impressed with the talent in the young students, Mr. Das said that he was very passionate about his work and that was the reason behind him continuing to do his own publication even at the age of 65.

He advised students too to do the same and love what they choose to do in future.

Achievement in music for Valley student

Anurag Chirala (Std. V) of Visakha Valley School stood first in instrumental music (violin and keyboard) in the junior category at the 20th All India Dance and Music festival and International Theatre festival, organised by Utkal Yuva Sanskrutika Sangh at Cuttack in Odisha.

The plaque of honour was given away by general secretary Kartik Chandra Rath.