1,204 Amravati SoS girls win hearts as they bid for world record

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jan 2018 12:33:31


Amravati Bureau,

IT WAS an evening with a difference as 1,204 girl students of School of Scholars mesmerised thousands of viewers at HVPM stadium with their classical performance in a bid to get their name enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Record, for being highest number of participants to perform Kathak.

Titled ‘Kalanjali’, the 20-minute dance show saw girls of school in perfect sync with the rhythm of the music. The students not only warmed hearts but also hands of the audience throughout the evening forcing them to clap in that winter chill. Combining ‘Sanskrit’, maths from sholkas
of Bhaskaracharya with the nuances of Kathak, the damsels delighted every soul at the sprawling stadium.

The main objective of the programme was presentation of students’ talents at the International-level. The theme of ‘Kalanjali’ was identified on the basis of the theme of the year 2017-18 'Know the World'. Aiming to entered into the Guinness World Record, 1,204 girls, dressed in pink and yellow, started the Kathak with ‘Ganesh Vandana’. The attempt was made to explain mathematics and astronomy in a very handy and poetic way in ‘Leelavati’. Four Sanskrit verses out of 4,000 from the book ‘Leelavati’ written by Maharishi Bhaskaracharya were taken in the dance.

Through the dance, students beautifully illustrated how subjects like sanskrit, math, dance, games and management are related to each other. Students with the age group between 6 and 17 from standard first to 12th presented the ‘Kathan’, as an official attempt for Guinness World Record.

Constant strivings of School of Scholar, Amravati, to promote their students on different-level was very visible as the novel event unfolded. The programme was organised by the management in order to provide opportunity to students to represent their skills on international-level. The programme was attended by 1204 girl participant was conceptualised 2 years ago.

Rajesh Bode, Head of Music Department from School of Scholar, Amravati, who has directed the dance is the disciple of Pandit Narsingh Bode, who was the first to bring Kathak dance form to Vidarbha some 75 years ago. The mega event was embellished with a wonderful concept based on Kathak dance.

Anil Kewade, Resource Centre Head for Music Department, Meghe Group of School, Nagpur, innovated the style directed by Rajesh Bode.

Pandit Rajendra Gangani of Kathak Centre, New Delhi, (Jaipur Gharana) and also Sangeet Natya Academy awardee, 2003, and Nilakshi Khandkar Saxena, Kathak Dance Director, Dr Ranjit Patil, Minister of State for Home (Urban), Pravin Pote, Guardian Minister of the District, Dr Sunil Deshmukh, MLA, Sagar Meghe, Devika Meghe, President of Meghe Group of School, Nagpur, Abha Meghe, Director of Meghe Group of School, Magpur, Navneet Rana, Tushar Bhartiya, Chairman of Standing Committee, Amravati Municipal Corporation, Dattatraya Mandlik, Commissioner of Police, all the parents and others were present as a witness for the programme.

At the outset, guests inaugurated the programme by worshipping Goddess Saraswati and lighting traditional lamp. Dance, music, arts, sports and mathematic departments and all teachers and students from School of Scholar worked tirelessly to add another feather in the achievement of the school.

Suresh Lakade, Principal of the school, Samidha Nahar, Vice-Principal, Nilay Wasade, Administrative Officer, worked hard with the support of all the teaching and non-teaching staff and parents.