Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
Martin Luther King once said, “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul. It is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”
In light of these beautiful thoughts, on January 28, 2023, the Middle wing of The Khaitan School in NOIDA held its “Annual Music Festival,” called Euphony. The festival, a musical extravaganza with the goal of honoring our country’s legendary maestros, was a resounding success.
The ceremonial lamp lighting by Madam Principal Ms Rina Singh, Head of Senior School Mr. Sajeev Philip, Head of Middle School Ms. Pooja Singh, Head of Primary School Ms. Seema Khurana, along with a few parents, marked the start of the joyous afternoon.
The soulful recital of Namo Namo Bharatambe by Class VI kids inspired the audience to praise the nation and its splendour. No one has captured the essence of our Janani Janmabhumi—her physical beauty, her people, her history, and—most importantly—her spiritual glory—better than Sri Nochur Venkataraman, the author of this masterpiece. Each sentence stands alone as a gem.
The prayer from the Rig Veda that many of us have grown to appreciate from our retreats was then sang by a group of Class VII students. The Sangachadwam engaged and engulfed the audience in warmth as it issued a plea for everyone to congregate together, speak together, and for all thoughts to be in harmony.
The next note was a subtle blending of tones with a whimsical air of persuasion. The Orchestra performed a succession of tantalizing masterpieces as a tribute to the master of Indian Classical music, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, while displaying a flawless Jugalbandi, or fusion, of Western and Indian instruments. The audience was enthralled by the impressive lineup of songs, including Raag- Hans Dhwani (Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma), Saare Vatan ka Pyara (Original Composition), Kandhon se Milte Hain Kandhe (Patriotic Song), and Maa Tujhe Salaam (Patriotic Song), which were expertly played on the guitar, keyboards, tablas, congos, and xylophones.
The last Western Choir performed a mix of classic songs like “Learning to fly,” “My Dreams,” and “Heal the World” as a tribute to the country. The vocalists’ sweet vocals captivated the listeners and infused the air with hopes and ambitions for a better future.
Last but not the least, the Indian Choir, made up of Class VIII students, astounded the audience by singing A.R. Rahman and Smt. Lata Mangeshkar tunes. Through songs that spoke unity in diversity and highlighted the diverse culture by singing in more than one language, they truly honored the spirit of patriotism.
This was followed by the captivating songs Sau raginiyo se saja Bharat Anokha raag hai (Tribute to the Nation), Jayatu Jayatu Bharatam (Patriotic Song), and Ae Mere Vatan ke Logon (Tribute to Smt. Lata Mangeshkar).
As soon as all the groups came together to perform the classic, “Saare Jahan Se Acha,” the stage was transformed into a kaleidoscope of different hues and colors.
These energetic performances by the Middle Wing’s musical mavens, which received a lot of accolades and respect from both instructors and parents, served as proof that music is, in fact, the divine way to convey beautiful, lyrical things to the heart.
Parents’ Feedback (among many others)
“Today’s program was a musical delight. The children performed extremely well. A thorough and expert hand and efforts of all the teachers was clearly visible. I especially liked this initiative because it inculcates the Indian values in our children through our music. All the children dressed in Indian ethnic wear was a great idea. The rhythmic and melodious jugalbandi of all the musical instruments was par excellence.
Our congratulations to all the children, Principal Ma’am, teachers and school staff who made this memorable for us.”
Ms. Puja Mathur, mother of Advaita Mathur (7B)