In­dian Schools’ ‘Mega Arts Fest’ a spec­tac­u­lar event

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The In­dian Schools’ Mega Arts Fest is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of mas­ter tal­ents in Kuwait. Never be­fore in the his­tory of In­dian schools in Kuwait had such op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­press and ex­pose the hid­den tal­ents of the young minds. So, for the first time, the In­dian Com­mu­nity School Kuwait or­ga­nized Mega Arts Fest, with more than 80 dif­fer­ent types of items in var­i­ous cat­e­gories in two days, three venues, six stages from 8 am to 8 pm with par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 2,000 stu­dents from all the In­dian Schools in Kuwait. This was an epoch-mak­ing event in the Mid­dle East.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion of Mega Arts Fest be­gan with the recita­tion of the tra­di­tional Is­lamic prayer and prayer song fol­lowed by the ren­der­ing of the na­tional an­them of Kuwait and Bri­tain. Dr V Binu­mon, Prin­ci­pal and Se­nior Ad­min­is­tra­tor of ICSK wel­comed the guests fol­lowed by the light­ing of the lamp. In the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress by the Chief Guest, Matthew James Lodge, Am­bas­sador of Bri­tain to Kuwait, gave an in­spir­ing speech. The ad­dress by guest of hon­our Sudha Chan­dran, film ac­tress and dancer was an eye-opener for the lis­ten­ers. She was mag­nan­i­mous enough to show few dance steps to our stu­dents. They did ben­e­fit from her ex­per­tise. The words of spe­cial guest Maryam Ab­dul Rah­man Dashti, Dept of Mid­dle & High School, Min­istry of Pri­vate Ed­u­ca­tion, Kuwait, too was an en­er­gizer. Rep­re­sent­ing the Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, Agnello A S Fer­nan­des, Joint Sec­re­tary, Board of Trus­tees, ICSK ad­dressed the gath­er­ing.

Al­though Gu­rupranam is not a new con­cept for In­di­ans, in the Gulf re­gion it was con­sid­ered to be a nov­elty. From 21 schools 20 prin­ci­pals took part in the Gu­rupranam. They were hon­ored with ‘pon­nada’, cov­er­ing the in­di­vid­ual with li­nen cloth sig­ni­fy­ing high think­ing and sim­ple liv­ing. There were off-stage and on stage pro­grams. Off-stage items were con­ducted well in ad­vance and the re­sults were kept ready. The two days of com­pe­ti­tions were the high­lights of the mega art fest.

Dur­ing the vale­dic­tory cer­e­mony, the wel­come song was sung by the Swaran­jali, the ICSK choir. The wel­come ad­dress given by Dr V. Binu­mon, Prin­ci­pal ICSK & Se­nior Ad­min­is­tra­tor which was fol­lowed by the light­ing of the lamp by Su­nil Jain, Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Kuwait and Pad­mashri Dr Re­sul Pookutty, win­ner of Os­car Award and Golden Reel Award, the spe­cial guest of the day. Jain in his in­au­gu­ral speech show­ered praises on ICSK for or­ga­niz­ing the event in such mag­ni­tude. The words of wis­dom from Pookutty made ev­ery­one to think and re-think the value of ed­u­ca­tion.

Pookutty kindly con­sented to give away about 600 prizes for Cat­e­gory 1, 2 and 3 (in­di­vid­ual and group). Kala Prathiba and Kala Ti­lak (in each cat­e­gory) were given 4gm of gold and a crys­tal tro­phy. Cul­tural events pre­sented on stage by ICSK stu­dents mes­mer­ized the au­di­ence prior to the dis­tri­bu­tion of prizes for Cat­e­gory 4 and 5 (In­di­vid­ual and group) and the Kalathi­lak and Kalaprathiba, spe­cial awards for Cat­e­gories 1,2,3,4,5 and the dis­tri­bu­tion of the over­all tro­phy. Live con­cert by Stephen Devassy, a gold medal­ist from The Lon­don School of Mu­sic, picked up the mo­men­tum to give it a be­fit­ting fi­nale to the Mega Arts Fest. With the vote of thanks pro­posed by Ra­jesh Nair, Prin­ci­pal, ICSK Am­man Branch brought the Mega Art Fest 2016, to the close. The fol­low­ing win­ners in dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories were de­clared to be the Kala Prathiba and Kala Thi­lak of Mega Art Fest 2016.

In cat­e­gory -5 Muhammed Basil Habeeb of ICSK Se­nior and Par­vathy Sudeer Nair of United In­dian School de­clared to be the win­ners of Kalaprathiba and Kalathi­lak.

Un­der cat­e­gory- 4 Abel Chris of ICSK -Se­nior claimed the Kalaprathiba while Aish­warya Shaji of FAIPS PVT.School be­came the Kalathi­lak.

Mi­lan Abra­ham Mathew of ICSK -Khai­tan and Batul Rokadiya of Salmiya In­dian Model School de­clared to be the Kalaprathiba and Kalathi­lak re­spec­tively. The win­ners of Kalaprathiba in cat­e­gory -1&2 were Ai­bel Praveen Panam­pally,FAIPS Pvt. School and Aaron Vargh­ese James, ICSK - Ju­nior re­spec­tively.

Nak­sha­tra Neer­aja Binu, and Reine Mary John, both from In­dian Ed­u­ca­tional School de­clared to be the win­ners of Kalathi­lak in cat­e­gory 1&2. School wise points po­si­tion as fol­lows: ICSK Se­nior se­cured 186 points un­der cat­e­gory 5 and FAIPS Pri­vate School 102 points un­der 4 cat­e­gory. In cat­e­gory 3 ICSK Am­man scored 94 points and in cat­e­gory-2 In­dian Ed­u­ca­tional School 56 points. In cat­e­gory -1 In­dian Ed­u­ca­tional School se­cured 42 points.

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