26 January 2016 was an eventful day for 67 students of NPS Indiranagar as they geared up to participate in the 67th Republic Day celebrations. The event started off with the day's comperes, Sampada S. Venkatesh and Soumya Tejam of Class 9, welcoming the audience with bits of the India's Republic Day history. They spoke about the Declaration of Independence and the impact it has had over several decades.
This was followed by two speeches - one in English, by Nirmala Ma'am, and the other in Hindi, by Surabhi Ma'am. The speeches were truly enlightening and inspired several of the students present in the morning assembly.
Next on the programme list was a medley of songs presented by the students of Class 6. Foot-tapping, melodious, and full of vigour, this collection of songs checked all the boxes to make it a perfect medley.
Soon after the song was a beautifully choreographed dance-drama put up by the students of Classes 7, 8 and 9. This spectacular performance rejuvenated the patriot in several students and teachers alike.
There is a common misconception that a person’s love for a country can only be expressed through songs or poems. But the students of NPS Indiranagar think of various 'out-of-box' ways to express their emotions and one of these is rap. Avinash Mandal of Class 9 presented a rap that he composed himself. He was given loud cheers and applause all through the performance.
Finally was a very special composition that touched the heart of the audience. In her powerful voice, Alapana Bagirath of Class 9 presented her beautiful rendition of Lata Mangeshkar’s, 'Ae mere watan ke logon'. This song was dedicated to the martyred defence personnel at the Pathankot Airbase that had taken place earlier in the year.
From music to dance, speeches to rap, and drama to poetry, this Republic Day celebration was jam-packed with the feelings of nationalism and patriotism. In conclusion, the comperes thanked all the teachers and students who with their combined efforts made the event a complete success. They ended the programme with a short poem wishing everyone a very happy Republic Day.