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Past is past, now it is pastoral razzmatazz

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School students enact plays at Republic Day celebrations

RURAL RAPTURE: A slice of agricultural panorama that unfolded at cultural events during the Cuddalore Republic day celebrations on Thursday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
RURAL RAPTURE: A slice of agricultural panorama that unfolded at cultural events during the Cuddalore Republic day celebrations on Thursday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

When the entire farming community in Cuddalore district is lamenting the losses to their short-term as well as perennial crops on account of cyclone Thane, the scenes from the pastoral life enacted by the students of the Vallalar Gurukulam Higher Secondary School, Vadalur, during the Republic Day celebrations in Anna Stadium here on Thursday, brought some solace to the spectators.

The students attired in folk style silk sarees and strings of flowers adorning their hair, scrupulously went through the right sequence of farming activity. They vividly brought before the audience ploughing, sowing operation, raising nusery, irrigating the crops, harvesting and winnowing the grains.

They also joined in pairs to carry on the pounding of grains. The depiction of ploughing provided the humorous interlude as girls bend down to pose as bulls, yoked to the illusory plough, while the farmers wielding an imaginary whip prodding them to carry on the task.

They conveyed the message in clear terms that agriculture is the backbone of economy and if it is properly taken care of every thing else would prosper and thrive. They also drove home the point that whatever be the advancements in scientific and technological realms, the moorings should be firmly based in agriculture.

The students of St Anne's Higher Secondary School, all in uniforms, worked out drills to stress the importance of unity and harmony. With tri-colour ribbons and hand bands their synchronized movement was a treat to the eye. They also held empty coconut shells in both hands and the clattering of the shells reverberated all over the stadium as the audience watched spell-bound.

The Republic Day parade would be incomplete without the participation of the inmates of the government orphanage. They got the priority in presenting their cultural programme echoing patriotic fervour. The Republic Day celebrations had proclaimed in loud and clear terms that the people of Cuddalore district had resilience to put catastrophe behind and begin life anew.

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