It is time once more to salute the intrepid and the indomitable, both young and young at heart.
On Saturday morning at the Science City auditorium, the 17th edition of The Telegraph School Awards For Excellence, presented by Peerless Developers in association with Parle and powered by Adamas International School, will turn the spotlight once again on those who have fought the odds to achieve almost impossible dreams.
This year, the special theme for the awards will be the performing arts.
So, the Science City stage will come alive with performances of nine fast-disappearing art forms from various parts of Bengal like Bhawaia, Mechini, Leto, Natua, Lathi Khela and Raibeshey.
Men and women who are struggling to keep these art forms alive and young students who are dedicating their time to nurturing them, over and above their formal education, will be among those honoured at the event.
“Every year we have a theme. This year it is performing arts. We want to recognise students who are involved with some sort of performing arts. We also want to take this opportunity to encourage such activities at school for an overall development of the children,” said Sukanta Chaudhuri, chairman, The Telegraph Education Foundation.
From the Surrendra Paul Memorial Award for Courage to the Abhirup Bhadra Memorial “Thank You Baba-Ma” Award, the Shining Star Honour to the Dr Mrs NB O’Brien Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Frank Brothers Honour for an Educationist to The Radhashyam Roy Memorial Award, from The AddLife Caring Minds Award for “A School That Cares” to The Telegraph School of the Year Award almost every aspect of education will be celebrated on Saturday morning.
“Service to others, Bahujana Hitaya, Bahujana Sukhaya (for the welfare of many and for the happiness of many), is an integral part of the corporate ethos of Peerless,” said Jayanta Roy, managing director and CEO, Peerless Developers Ltd.
“This gives us the occasion to recognise students who have fought against odds to emerge triumphant, parents who have made enormous sacrifices for their children, teachers who are committed to bring out the best in students and schools that have nurtured them. Through this initiative of The Telegraph, we hope to further the cause of education in our own humble way,” he added.
The Telegraph School Awards For Excellence does recognise schools and students who have achieved tremendous academic and extra-curricular feats. But far more importantly, it salutes little soldiers, who have fought hardships economic and physical to achieve their academic dreams.
“Rewarding merit and achievement usually means acknowledging the privileged class. We want to strike a balance in our humble way through this award ceremony and help those who are less privileged take one more step along the road to success. They are parts of the same system of school education,” said Chaudhuri.
The scouting for talent and tales of extraordinary courage happen all year round. Some come in as applications, some are based on newspaper reports and others come in from friends of the Foundation.
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