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GALAXY

A Fun-Filled Affair

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We at A School celebrated our very first Cultural Day on August 29, 2010 at the Krishna Gana Sabha in T. Nagar.

Titled ‘Galaxy,’ the name of the event has a great deal of significance as far as the philosophy of the school goes.

A galaxy refers to a group of stars that falls under one common entity; in our case, that galaxy comprises of our children, teachers, parents and numerous well-wishers.

The guests of honour for the function included Director Vijay (of Madras Pattinam fame), prominent city historian, Mr. K R A Narasaiah and other luminaries in the field of education.

Galaxy 2010 was inaugurated by our very own Mr. Annamalai Chettiar, Founder, Chettinad Foundation.

During his welcome address, Mr. Chettiar said, “It gives me great pleasure to stand here in front you and welcome you all to Galaxy 2010. Why the name Galaxy, some of you might ask. One of the interpretations of Galaxy (and one that has great meaning to all of us) is that it is a splendid gathering of children – their parents, teachers and everyone who has worked with them. I would once again like to welcome you all to our first cultural day.”

 

Our founder welcomes everyone

As our Founder introduced the chief guests to the audience, he said, “The great thing about this event is that each child gets a chance to participate. Galaxy will be a permanent feature on our calendar from now on.” Before the performances of the children got underway, the inaugural issue of the school magazine, ‘Heritage,’ was presented by Director Vijay to Mr. Narasaiah.
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The chief guests launch our school magazine

Galaxy 2010 ensured that each one of A School’s children between the ages of one-and-a-half and seven got a chance to perform on stage. Professionals from China, Russia and the United States were specially flown in to train the kids in specific routines. While Chilam (from China) trained some of the children to perform “If you are happy and you know it” in the Chinese way, Kate (from Russia) made a group perform, Antoushka, a Russian item. A splendid ballet routine was also seen from the kids in the age group of four-and-a-half to six-and-a-half; this was thanks to the efforts of Ms. Meyyammai, the school’s ballet instructor. August 29 saw the children from the Valasaravakkam, West Mambalam and Ashok Nagar (4th & 18th Avenue) branches showcase their skills on stage over two sessions (morning and afternoon). Performances ranged from short skits to a string of dance routines from popular numbers in several languages. A special performance by the West Mambalam kids based on the film, Madras Pattinam, left Director Vijay with a radiant smile on his face. The children shed their inhibitions and took great pride in showcasing their talent in front of a capacity crowd of eager parents and dedicated teachers.

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Diamonds are a girl's best friend Shedding Inhibitions Having a ball

 

Speaking on the joyous occasion, chief guest Vijay said, “It’s an honour for me to be here. I would first and foremost request everyone in the audience to give all the teachers present here a big round of applause. It was wonderful to see them encouraging all the participants on stage. Rarely do you see so many teachers gather in front of a podium like that. It was also heartening to see the kids do some impressive dance routines to film songs. I am truly happy to be here.”

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The dignitaries enjoy the function

 

This was followed by the branches of Velachery (Tansi Nagar and Dandeeswaran) celebrating Galaxy 2010 at the Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Mylapore on September 5. The function kicked off with the lighting of the sacred lamp by chief guest and renowned comedian, Mr. Crazy Mohan. Elaborate costumes were stitched for all the child performers of the day. The kids possessed great stage presence for their fashion show, dance sequences and rhymes. Egged on by their parents and teachers, the tiny tots thoroughly enjoyed their special moments on stage. When Mr. Mohan’s turn to speak came, he spoke fondly of his favourite school teacher, Janaki. “She taught me everything about acting and confidence. Whatever I am today is because of her. Whenever I work with a director, I make sure that the film’s heroine is called Janaki. That is the only way I can show my gratitude to her. The A School kids performed amazingly today thanks to their dedicated teachers. Please give them a big hand,” he said.

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The audience looks on

 

The final set of events for Galaxy 2010 was held at the Rani Seethai Hall on September 18. The A School branches performing included Perambur, Kilpauk, Washermenpet and Anna Nagar (East and West). The portrayal of fairy tale character themes, the rendition of both popular and patriotic songs and several interesting dance routines were seen on the day. The undoubted highlight was when children belonging to the Kilpauk branch performed the song “Jai Ho” in a myriad of colourful costumes depicting India’s states.

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Stage Presence

 

The event exposed all the A School kids to a confluence of cultures. The kids performed routines that matched their skill sets and age groups – it was indeed a fun learning experience for all the children present. Galaxy was organised with the specific purpose of instilling confidence in its children. Developing the all-round ability of each child and helping him/her get over stage fear were the primary reasons for the cultural day. It has been A School’s endeavour to work towards the holistic development of young children. Galaxy 2010 will go a long way in stressing the importance of learning outside the classroom.

 
 
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