A rhapsodic celebration of life

Rhapsody, the annual fest of Salt Lake School (SLS), showcased the theme “Celebration of Life” over two days, presenting programmes that were a  blend of entertainment and social education. From managing the chaos in the green room to making last-minute arrangements on stage, the students and faculty members were constantly on their toes everywhere to make the event a success.  The participants in the inter school drama, on the topic of “Swaach Bharat Mission”, were a mixed lot in terms of their state of mind. While some were clicking selfies before taking the stage, others were struggling with their artificial moustaches and dhotis. Many of the students practise what they preached on stage.

  • Published 26.02.16
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Rhapsody, the annual fest of Salt Lake School (SLS), showcased the theme “Celebration of Life” over two days, presenting programmes that were a  blend of entertainment and social education. From managing the chaos in the green room to making last-minute arrangements on stage, the students and faculty members were constantly on their toes everywhere to make the event a success. 

The participants in the inter school drama, on the topic of “Swaach Bharat Mission”, were a mixed lot in terms of their state of mind. While some were clicking selfies before taking the stage, others were struggling with their artificial moustaches and dhotis.

Many of the students practise what they preached on stage. “Our school has raised funds to clean nearby areas,” said Dipayan Mistry from St. Jude’s High School, Madhyamgram. Sinjini Sarkar of Hariyana Vidya Mandir (HVM) said that she had started cleaning streets of her locality every Sunday and that a few others joined her. The host school added a touch of humour to their play. “Infotainment is the best way to raise awareness on this issue,” said Mukta Mitra, a Class IX student of SLS.

A prize-winning performance in the band competition. 

Writorshi Bhattacharya and Ananyo Chakraborty from the host school were adjudged the best actors. SLS’s Team A, with their play Utsob Maney Jonjal, walked away with the trophy while St. Jude’s was the runner-up.

In the debate on euthanasia, Sayak Das and Tuhin Sur of Sri Aurobindo Institute of Education were the winners while Tiasha Tilak of Ashok Hall was adjudged best speaker.

There were competitions in glass painting, cartooning, diary writing, computer programming and model exhibition. “I drew a peacock because it is my favourite bird,” said Shreya Giri from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), the winner of the glass painting competition. In the cartooning contest, winner Arpan Mitra, of BVB, created a controversial idea on canvas wherein the judiciary and media were shown to be controlled by the politician. Runner-up Sayantan Kuthial from SLS showed how the tug-of-war between neighbours was affecting the country.

The classrooms had been turned into exhibition halls with models of tribal houses, mythological characters, mathematical theories and famous poems and novels. “Cowboy Racing and Cowboy Hunting are my favourite video games and they inspired me to make a model on North American cowboys,” said Swarnavo Das, a Class V student of SLS. Aditya Mitra, of Class VIII, won accolades for creating a computer version of tic-tac-toe.

All the while, the mothers who came to the fest flocked to the stalls that sold Kashmiri shawls and handloom sarees.

A scene from the play Utsob Maney Jonjal by Salt Lake School

From rhythm to fashion

Every time participants of the host school took stage, they were greeted with thunderous applause. 

For the duet singing competition, students serenaded to the tunes of Hridmajhare rakhbo, Basonta eshe gyachhe and Piu bole. “Though I listen to western music, I have been trained in Rabindrasangeet and eastern classical music,” said participant Anabeli Chandra while classmates Hrithick Das and Haimyadyuti Bag from the host school added: “We like fusion music and we are as much fans of Linkin Park and John Lennon as of Arijit Singh and S.D. Burman.” Arunima Dubey and Sagnik Bhattacharya of HVM won in this segment.

A participant in the fashion show (Mayukh Sengupta)

The band competition generated an electrifying atmosphere. A.R. Rahman was the favourite and the audience got to hear a host of his chartbusters, ranging from Humma Humma to Sadda Haq. Salt Lake School (Team B) won the first prize while Rohan Bakshi, the drummer from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, won best performer. “Avenged Sevenfold is my favourite metal band,” Rohan said. “In fact, I wish I had longer hair that goes with the rockstar image, but  I have to maintain school etiquette.”

The little ones from primary schools joined classical dance competitions and performed to Ganesh vandana and Pinga from the film Bajirao Mastani. “We have been practising for a month,” said Samiha Saha, a student of Class VI, SLS. 

The most glamorous event was the fashion show, which was won by the team from Ashok Hall Girls’ Higher Secondary School, which counts Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Manish Malhotra as role models. Sharmistha Basu, a faculty of the school’s fashion studies department, added: “The costumes are designed by the students themselves and they are showcasing apparel from all over India.”

Judge, designer Saikat Das, said he was on the lookout for confidence, presentation and the right walk and that the girls from Ashok Hall nailed it all.

Rupankar belts it out

The fest came to an end with a performance by singer Rupankar Bagchi.

Rupsha Mukherjee
saltlake@abpmail.com