15th August is the date on which our country got her freedom from the British. At Lawrence, we keep up the spirit and celebrate Independence Day year after year with great pomp and show. It was an added feather to the cap, as we could celebrate it in our newly built auditorium.
We could feel the vibes in the air two days prior with the teachers and kids rehearsing for the different programs.
On D-day the school wore a festive look; the auditorium and the basement were decorated in tricolor. Grade IV to X had their celebrations in the auditorium and Grades I to III in the basement.
The program began with the national flag hoisting by Chairman Mr. P M Subbaiah at both the venues and the National Anthem playing in the background, followed by a speech by sir on the struggle for freedom, by the prisoners at the Cellular Jail, the Andaman Islands.
Speeches by Ms. Sophia, Ms. Malini and Ms. Irene at the different venues on Independence day kick-started the events.
Students Suryanshu, C Smitha and Anish Bhattacharya, Atul Mishra, Maahi Singhal and Aimanand Sahana S B, Vindhya Bhat and Kriti gave speeches in English, Hindi and Kannada respectively. Grades IV to VI sang the Hindi patriotic song ”Ye watan, mere watan” which was rendered with such grace that we could feel the adrenalin pumping with patriotism.
A tableau of great personalities by Grade V about APJ Kalam, Rani Chennama, Netaji and Razia Sultana made us feel nostalgic. A skit on Swami Vivekananda by VIA and Mime by VA on Indian Military left the audience in tears. Grades VII to X started with a Skit in Kannada showcasing the perils of war, followed by a fusion dance choreographed by Ms.Kamakshi. A skit on Mangal Pandey by VIII and IX left the audience spellbound. Hindi fusion song by Grades VI,VII, and VIII was appreciated by the crowd. A dance by grade VIII and IX on Jai Ho.. enthralled the audience.
The program for the Middle School and High School ended with a Vote of Thanks by Atharva M Nair.
Basement auditorium was packed with tiny tots and few parents to witness the programs put up by Grades I – III which started with a Hindi song by Grades I and II, followed by a dance to Kannada and Hindi songs. The kids in the tricolor dresses were looking as vibrant as the nation on its 73rd Independence Anniversary. Grade I portrayed Unity in Diversity by their fancy dresses depicting the various native styles from Kashmir to Goa.
Two skits one on Salt Sathyagraha by the students of Grade II and the other Simon Go Back by Grade III were mesmerizing.
A Hindi poem rendered by Grade I student Tanya Sharma in which a child questions his mother who is a Martyr’s wife was poignant. The maturity and grace with which the children performed were way beyond excellence. Anchors Prannal and Drithti of Grade II stole the show. The memorable program came to an end with the distribution of sweets.