“But with unfound boundless love

I behold the borderland of my India

Expanding into the World.

Hail, mother of religions, lotus, scenic beauty, and sages!

Thy wide doors are open,

Welcoming God’s true sons through all ages.”

– Swami Yogananda Paramhansa

This year the Republic Day celebration at Atmiya Vidya Mandir was very special. Though the unfurling of Tricolour, singing of patriotic songs, commemorating India’s giant leap towards Aatmanirbharta and infusing love for our country were the usual series of events but what enhanced this ceremonial splendour further was the all-pervading spirit of The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav which is regarded as an elixir of energy of independence, Aatmanirbharta and new ideas and pledges to make India better.

In order to create and boost children’s interest towards India’s culture and heritage, the Art and Craft department of Atmiya Vidya Mandir organised an Art competition for the students of grade one to grade six. All students participated enthusiastically; moreover, they creatively expressed their perspectives on patriotism. Upon the themes given to them such as ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ and ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’, students showcased their artwork, drawing and colouring skills through various kaleidoscopic presentation.

These enthusiastic participants of Art exhibition drew India’s flag, dove, flowers, Indian army’s sacrifices and many other aspects of their deep feelings for their mother land. This way, they showcased their own artwork that highlights what patriotism means to them and what values they believe are important for the country’s progress.

Later, during the day, a calligraphy workshop was held in school’s auditorium. Comparing the historical importance of using calligraphy as a strong medium of communication with contemporary usage of word art, school’s art teacher Vipul Sir explained students through a presentation, all the details of calligraphy and cursive handwriting. Vipul Sir also demonstrated different techniques and dimensions of cursive handwriting. Students were raptly listening to him as they marked and noted different tips and techniques presented by their Art teacher.

Thus, this Republic Day programme at Atmiya Vidya Mandir witnessed a more holistic and comprehensive celebration with zestful participation of students. A remarkable verve of celebrating India’s 75 years of Independence animated students’ artistic performance as they expressed their patriotic feelings through their drawings in the Art exhibition. The spirit of the students throughout the event seems indeed the heralding of a new era and a new frame of the developed, Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Seema Ma’am