“Let me not pray to be sheltered from danger but to be fearless in facing them, Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, But for the heart to conquer it…….”
These are the words of the great poet laureate, the revered composer of our National Anthem, noble prize winner from his book Gitanjali, the Jewel of India – Rabindranath Tagore. The air was humming with excitement – the birds, the trees, nature herself seemed to flow into the rhythm of this auspicious day.
The program which was organized to commemorate the 154th birth anniversary of Tagore commenced with a vivid introduction on the noble poet laureate followed by lighting of the lamp and garlanding of Tagore’s portrait by our Principal. To lay emphasis on the purity of the cleansing fire, the song, ‘Aguner Poroshmoni’ was sung. The boys of class 7C then took over as they portrayed the subjugated and shackle bound condition of colonial India through the pain stricken eyes of the passionate poet as depicted in the poem – “Where the Mind is Without Fear’. They presented it in a very innovative style through a gripping mime performance.
The students next paid a tribute to the selfless love and sacrifice of a mother through the poem of Tagore, ‘Birpurush’. This was in keeping with the ‘mother’s day’, which is universally celebrated on 10th of May every year. The poem depicts how a young boy saves his mother from a band of dacoits. He feels proud that he has been of use for his mother who had over the years protected him and nurtured him. Last but not the least was a graceful dance performance by the girls of 11 & 12 on the song ‘Baro aasha kore asheche’. Their fluid movements, which portrayed how a mother loves and comforts selflessly and unconditionally, mesmerized one and all present there.
A few inspirational words by our Principal, Mr. Ravi Victor concluded the event on a high note as the students proceeded to their classes.
Although it was a meagre attempt to pay tribute to this legendry keystone of Indian literature, the show was a tremendous success.
“Lives of great men remind us,
We can make our lives sublime
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time…..”
BY: MS. J. SABHARWAL