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CELEBRATING WITH A SONG: Students of the PSBB group of schools singing to celebrate 60 years of the country’s independence at a show on the occasion of the school’s 50th anniversary. The programme was held at Kamarajar Memorial Hall in Chennai on Wednesday.
CELEBRATING WITH A SONG: Students of the PSBB group of schools singing to celebrate 60 years of the country’s independence at a show on the occasion of the school’s 50th anniversary. The programme was held at Kamarajar Memorial Hall in Chennai on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Scintillating show put up by students for school’s 50th anniversary

CHENNAI: A mixture of dances and dramas formed the scintillating show put on by the students of the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB) Senior Secondary group of schools on the occasion of their school’s 50th anniversary here on Wednesday.

Giraffes, dinosaurs and peacocks; Abdul Kalam, Valmiki and Oprah Winfrey paraded, talked, danced and sang on stage in the various events put up by the primary and secondary sections of all three PSBB schools. First off, the choir sang a Tagore song celebrating 60 years of the country’s independence. The programme started with an endearing performance of a tale out of Enid Blyton’s ‘Noddy’ series, the students went on to Panchatantra, Vande Valmiki Kokilam, Kaingaryathaal Uyarndhavar and several other events, all portraying the theme of the show — the ordinary achieving the extraordinary.

If Noddy showed the audience the value of helpfulness, Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh disclosed the six secrets to actualise one’s dreams while Tenali Raman brought out wit through humour. One event by the T. Nagar School showcased the award of bravery awards to various schoolchildren. Each act of courage was enacted - saving a cousin from a python, a baby from electrocution and schoolmates from an oncoming train.

The Nungambakam School, taking off from the popular ‘Koffee with Karan’ talk show, hosted ‘Kofee with Kavya’ where turning points in the lives of various people including Mother Teresa and Gandhi were brought out.

Almost perfect timing, superb costumes and co-ordinated performances made it an instant hit with the audience of parents and friends who rose up in a standing ovation at the end of the show. Mrs. Y. G. Parthasarathy, Dean and Director, PSBB Group of Schools cheered the students on.

Anita Ratnam, choreographer and cultural activist was the chief guest for the evening. “Who are you first?” she asked the audience. “How can we be world citizens if we are not citizens of ourselves?” she added. Underlining the importance of liking oneself, she said that accepting oneself was essential to growth. Also, students should learn self-defence alongside their academics and cultural activities. She also urged parents to bring their sons and daughters up equally without discriminating between them in the household.

The school magazine ‘PSBB Times’ was launched at the end of the show.

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