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Aditya Academy fest GEN NEXT 2022 showcases festivals from around the world

More than 5000 students performed and witnessed the grand event as it made a comeback after two years

By Subhadrika Sen | Published 21.12.22, 02:29 PM
1/10 Students, parents and alumni of Aditya Academy Group of Schools watched in rapt attention as young performers set the stage on fire at the school’s annual fest – GEN NEXT 2022 – on December 19 and 20. The theme of the fest was Festivals of the World and more than 5,000 students took part in it.

Students, parents and alumni of Aditya Academy Group of Schools watched in rapt attention as young performers set the stage on fire at the school’s annual fest – GEN NEXT 2022 – on December 19 and 20. The theme of the fest was Festivals of the World and more than 5,000 students took part in it.

All photographs by Soumyajit Dey /My Kolkata
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2/10 The fest opened with a dance on Shiv Tandav Strotram performed by the students

The fest opened with a dance on Shiv Tandav Strotram performed by the students

3/10 Teachers of the Aditya Academy Group of Schools lit the ceremonial lamp on Day II of the fest.  (L-R) Kavita Kapoor, mentor; Sabita Saha, director; Sahali Das, vice-principal)

Teachers of the Aditya Academy Group of Schools lit the ceremonial lamp on Day II of the fest. (L-R) Kavita Kapoor, mentor; Sabita Saha, director; Sahali Das, vice-principal)

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4/10 Sabita Saha, the director of Aditya Academy Senior Secondary School, said the fest was being held offline after a pandemic break of two years. “Our students did not fail us. They bounced back with more energy. We chose this theme ‘The Festivals of the World’ because it will be colorful, there will be greater scope, and we also wanted students to gain knowledge from it,’’ she said

Sabita Saha, the director of Aditya Academy Senior Secondary School, said the fest was being held offline after a pandemic break of two years. “Our students did not fail us. They bounced back with more energy. We chose this theme ‘The Festivals of the World’ because it will be colorful, there will be greater scope, and we also wanted students to gain knowledge from it,’’ she said

5/10 The student choir sang By the Rivers of Babylon, Mayabono biharini and Tomar khola hawa, before moving on to catchier tunes like Socha hai from Rock on! and Deva deva from Brahmastra. ‘We practised for about a month to put up this performance. I am trained in Rabindrasangeet and have been singing for around a decade,’ said (down) Tiyasa Mukherjee of Class XII, who was a part of the choir

The student choir sang By the Rivers of Babylon, Mayabono biharini and Tomar khola hawa, before moving on to catchier tunes like Socha hai from Rock on! and Deva deva from Brahmastra. ‘We practised for about a month to put up this performance. I am trained in Rabindrasangeet and have been singing for around a decade,’ said (down) Tiyasa Mukherjee of Class XII, who was a part of the choir

6/10 Class X and Class XII toppers in different streams were felicitated during the event for their remarkable performance in academics. (L-R) Sreyashi Chakraborty 95% (Humanities), Arya Saha 95.2% (Bio Sciences) and Ritupriya Samanta 96.4% (Humanities)

Class X and Class XII toppers in different streams were felicitated during the event for their remarkable performance in academics. (L-R) Sreyashi Chakraborty 95% (Humanities), Arya Saha 95.2% (Bio Sciences) and Ritupriya Samanta 96.4% (Humanities)

7/10 The event was attended by alumni who have carved a niche for themselves in their respective fields. Aryann Bhowmik, actor; Aniruddha Sarkar, singer; and Rikhia Roychowdhury, dancer; were felicitated by the school for their achievements. ‘’It's lovely to be back here. It feels like coming back home. The strongest memory I have is of the first day in school. I wasn’t prepared at all. I came dancing with my parents thinking it’s a fun place, suddenly I was taken away from them; I started crying. I was thrown into a room where every child was crying and I stopped … there are many like me,’ Bhowmik said

The event was attended by alumni who have carved a niche for themselves in their respective fields. Aryann Bhowmik, actor; Aniruddha Sarkar, singer; and Rikhia Roychowdhury, dancer; were felicitated by the school for their achievements. ‘’It's lovely to be back here. It feels like coming back home. The strongest memory I have is of the first day in school. I wasn’t prepared at all. I came dancing with my parents thinking it’s a fun place, suddenly I was taken away from them; I started crying. I was thrown into a room where every child was crying and I stopped … there are many like me,’ Bhowmik said

8/10 The main attraction of the event was the section where students showcased the cultural diversity of Festivals around the world. From Bengal’s own Durga Puja to Japan’s Awa Odori; from Spain’s La Tomatina to Saudi Arabia’s Jenadriyah, from Odisha’s Rath Yatra to Kerala’s Onam,  and Punjab’ s Baisakhi to Navratri and Eid — all were represented by the students along with the perfect choice of song and colorfully coordinated costumes

The main attraction of the event was the section where students showcased the cultural diversity of Festivals around the world. From Bengal’s own Durga Puja to Japan’s Awa Odori; from Spain’s La Tomatina to Saudi Arabia’s Jenadriyah, from Odisha’s Rath Yatra to Kerala’s Onam, and Punjab’ s Baisakhi to Navratri and Eid — all were represented by the students along with the perfect choice of song and colorfully coordinated costumes

9/10 A glimpse of the backstage while the students were waiting to perform on Africa's Oshun Festival. We will represent an African tribal group. We are wearing faux animal skin and jute headgear,” said Adriya Paul of Class IX

A glimpse of the backstage while the students were waiting to perform on Africa's Oshun Festival. We will represent an African tribal group. We are wearing faux animal skin and jute headgear,” said Adriya Paul of Class IX

10/10 Where there is fun and frolic, there is food. Aditya’s group’s very own Noodle Oodle and Babumoshai served an array of finger food like Fish Fry, Chicken Pakora, Paneer Pakora and more

Where there is fun and frolic, there is food. Aditya’s group’s very own Noodle Oodle and Babumoshai served an array of finger food like Fish Fry, Chicken Pakora, Paneer Pakora and more

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