In a vibrant celebration of culture and artistic expression, The Khaitan School hosted the enchanting Performing Art Festival, “Ritu Samhara,” on December 16, 2023. The festival, which commenced at 4:30 pm, unfolded on the school premises, captivating the audience with a ballet adaptation of the mini-epic written by the classic Indian poet Kalidasa. The epic eloquently portrays the six Indian seasons, providing a rich tapestry for a mesmerizing performance.
The occasion was graced by the esteemed presence of Dr. Damyanti Sharma, former Hindi Head of Department, Aditya Kapoor, an alumnus of the 2008 batch and CEO, Col Kaushal, Principal Mr. S. Paruvanani, Head of Middle School Ms. Pooja Singh, and Heads of Special Education, Ms. Kuheli Chatterjee and Head of Junior School, Ms. Seema Khurana. The festival commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the honored guests, marking the auspicious beginning of an evening filled with artistic splendor.
Dr. Damyanti Sharma, in her address, commended the school management for providing students with an outstanding platform to groom and nurture them into confident and disciplined individuals. She lauded the school’s commitment to fostering holistic development through the arts and cultural activities.
The festival also served as a platform to felicitate students who had brought laurels to The Khaitan School by securing the first position in various interschool events. The guests acknowledged their achievements, highlighting the school’s commitment to excellence in extracurricular activities.
Ms. Manju Wazir, Head of Music and Dance, and Ms. Shaheen collaborated to compose and choreograph the ballet’s different scenes. The dance drama seamlessly blended various forms, aesthetically portraying the diversity of the Indian seasons.
As the performance reached its crescendo, the atmosphere was filled with the melodious strains of Christmas carols, symbolizing the onset of the Winter season. The school choir, trained under the guidance of Mr. Joshua Peter, the Western Music teacher, left the audience swaying to the tunes, creating a festive and joyous ambiance.
Principal Mr. Sajeev Philip extended a heartfelt vote of thanks, acknowledging the brilliance of the students and commending the teachers in charge for their outstanding choreography. Special mention was made of the Art, IT, and admin departments for their seamless work and unwavering support, which played a pivotal role in making the event a resounding success.