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Knitting countries through music

CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Students of TVS Lakshmi Matriculation Higher Secondary School taking part in the International Schools Educational Olympiad (ISEO) in Karachi through videoconferencing in Madurai on Saturday.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Students of TVS Lakshmi Matriculation Higher Secondary School taking part in the International Schools Educational Olympiad (ISEO) in Karachi through videoconferencing in Madurai on Saturday.  



T. Saravanan

MADURAI: Be it cricket or a cultural exchange programme, the attention is more when it is between India and Pakistan.

In a rare gesture, the Karachi High School invited students of a city school here to perform live, through video-conferencing, in an International School Educational Olympiad (ISEO) meet held in Pakistan on Saturday.

While girls of the TVS Lakshmi Matriculation Higher Secondary School sang a Hindustani classical, their counterparts at Karachi offered musical support by playing tabla and other instruments.

The annual ISEO event organised by the Karachi High School is an attempt to provide a competitive outlet to students by bringing together schools from across Pakistan and outside the country on one platform.

The competitions also facilitated exchange of ideas and knowledge, thus encouraging intellectual growth and collective learning for the students.

R. Ashok Kumar, chief executive of Park Impex Inc, Madurai, who organised the programme, was thrilled when Parveen Kassim, chairperson, ISEO, inviting some school students to participate in the ISEO competitions, contacted him.

"This is the first time we received an invitation from a Pakistani school. As we were not able to get enough entries for other disciplines in a short notice, we confined our entry to vocal. We were asked to sing Hindustani classical, which we managed," he said.

"We feel proud to have the Indian participation and will make sure such exchange programmes happen time and again.

"It is a very good idea and hope it continues," a happy Ms. Kassim told The Hindu through video-conferencing.

She was overwhelmed by the occasion when J. Meenakshi and S. Maya, IX Standard students sang "Meera Bhajan". The spectators at the venue of the competitions in Karachi gave a standing ovation.

As the Pakistani students sang a hit number from the movie "Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham" meaning, "Let us be together and not be separated", a sense of nostalgia engulfed everyone.



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