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Dance, music mark language day

D. Radhakrishnan
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Students of Alpha G.K. Matriculation School performing a Badaga dance at Aravenu, near Kotagiri, on Thursday.– Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Students of Alpha G.K. Matriculation School performing a Badaga dance at Aravenu, near Kotagiri, on Thursday.– Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

The occasion was the International Mother Language Day. Students and staff of Alpha G.K. Matriculation school at Aravenu, near Kotagiri, chose to celebrate it in a memorable manner on Thursday.

The Nilgiris being the home of the Badagas, the largest indigenous social group in the Blue Mountains, the 435 students and staff danced to a fusion of Badaga songs and music.

Attired in the traditional dress of the Badaga community they presented a colourful picture and their performance lasted 11 minutes and two seconds. It was witnessed by a large number of parents and invitees.

Long-felt desire

School principal M.Amudha said that for long, the ten-year-old institution had nurtured a desire to commemorate an occasion like the World Mother Language Day in a fitting manner with the participation of students from Lower Kinder Garten to Standard X.

The parents had also displayed considerable enthusiasm, she said adding that the event had showcased the rich culture of the Badagas.

Adjudicators Sironval of Elite World Records (U.K.) Private Limited and K. Vasudevan of India Records Academy, Mumbai, handed over world record certificates to School Correspondent Indira Sadhasivam.

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