‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,’ a celebration to commemorate 75 years of progressive independent India is an initiative to showcase India’s glorious history of its people, culture, and achievements. This Mahotsav is dedicated to those who have been instrumental in bringing India this far in its evolutionary journey.
As part of the Pre-Independence Day celebrations the school launched the celebration of 5 days independence festival on 5th August 2022. The celebration commenced with the flag-hoisting ceremony, followed by the National Anthem.
Students, dressed in vibrant colours of the nation – green, white, and saffron – performed a medley of heart-touching patriotic songs. Through their serenade, they declared to be willing to sacrifice everything for their nation and rejoiced in the unity that continued to exist despite their diversity. This was followed by a beautiful dance performance, wherein the students channelized their determination and resilience into a power-packed, impactful dance.
Day1 (5 August, 2022) : The students of Ambar House showcased the first fifteen years of post-independent India from 1947 to 1962 from how it looked after being released from the shackles of slavery of the British Raj. The tableau representation highlighted the rich culture and heritage of India celebrating the nation’s achievements. It also reflected the achievements in numerous fields like art, music, dance, festivals and rituals in the form of enactment and display of fine creative and research-based work. The formation of the Constituent Assembly from 1946 to 1949, the Indian Cinema in the early ’50s, the visit of His Holiness Dalai Lama to India in the year 1959, the Indo-Sino war to the First General Elections are a few milestones that India achieved. The day saw a huge gathering of parents to encourage the students. All the participants of the Ambar House were greatly appreciated by one and all.
Day2 (6 August, 2022): Achal House presented India’s growth from the year 1963-1977. The tableaus highlighting Indian Hockey team winning gold medal in Olympics 1975 was a moment of pride, India’s victory in the Indo Pak war, patriotic musical performances made all revisit history and remember the heroic deeds of the brave Indian soldiers. The students also showcased Chipko movement to show the strength of the society and to exhibit the responsibility taken by people to stop cutting of trees. The achievements made by Indians in this era in science and technology such as Pokharan Test, formation of ISRO filled everyone with pride. A dance from Meghalaya was presented by the senior students celebrating statehood being given to Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura in 1972.⁹
Day 3 (8 August, 2022): Avni House showcased India’s journey of major events from 1978-1992. Students exhibited the first metro rail in India (24th October, 1984), Prime Ministers who came to power during this segment, presenting the changes they brought or promised to bring during their tenure; the tableaus of Red Fort, etc. They also showcased first demonetization by Janata Party Coalition government to combat blackmoney, Harshad Mehta scam, Rakesh Sharma’s moon visit, 1983 World Cup, Ameen Siani’s Binaca Geetmala, 1983 National Policy of Education and major Bollywood events.
Day 4 (10 August, 2022): The students of Agni House showcased the time period from 1993- 2007. The students highlighted Women Empowerment during the time period from first woman president, first woman cricketer, beauty queen, pilot among many. It was beautifully depicted through poetry, acting and self-introduction. Operation Vijay – Kargil War tableau reminded everyone of the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs. The formation of three new states – Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttranchal in the year 2000 showcased its culture and important information through posters. The Delhi metro tableau depicted the metro as lifeline of Delhi. The students showcased different metro lines and their stations. The murals made on the metro pillars by Salwan schools were also showcased in the tableau. The industrial growth was proudly presented by the students. The advancement in the field of Science and Technology was exhibited through various models showcasing Pokhran nuclear test, missile Prithvi, aircraft Tejas, Space capsule recovery experiment (SRE 1) and satellite Kalpana 1. Apart from models, the students also gave visual presentations based on the concepts of their models. The T20 World cup won by India and some of the popular songs of the time took the audience back to the era of 90s.
Day 5 (12 August, 2022): Amrit house presented colourful tableaus showcasing the Indian era from 2008-2022. The students showcased the evolutionary journey of this era through with great zeal and enthusiasm, presenting an array of achievements, developments on the front of Information technology, economics, medicine and socio-political. From Vikram Lander to Chandrayan to Navik to Indian robots, India outdid itself globally. Uri Surgical strike reminded us that we can fight back our enemies. They also showcased how India spearheaded the fight against Coronavirus with vaccines like Covishield, Covaxin, etc. The House showcased the rising reign of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi. The enthralling dance and music show delighted everyone. It was a celebration of musical Legends to winning beauty pageants, reminding how far we have come as a Nation.
As part of Azadi ke Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the students of the campus schools organised Prabhat Pheri in the school vicinity with great patriotic fervour. The Salwanians proudly sang songs in the glory of the nation to spread the message of love and peace. The residents of Rajendra Nagar cheered the students and appreciated the initiative of Salwan Education Trust in nurturing the young students with values of selflessness and pride for the country.
The 5-days exhibition was attended by school director, MC members, parents, former students, and all school students. The efforts of students and teachers in putting up the exhibition in a very creative and innovative way was highly appreciated by everyone. It culminated with a cultural programme commemorating 75 years of independence paying tribute to the freedom fighters and celebrating the glory of the nation. It was a great learning experience for the students whose mass participation made the event a huge success.