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Don Bosco School Panbazar celebrates Annual Day

By Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim
Guwahati, Nov. 30. The auditorium at the Don Bosco School, Panbazar, Guwahati was host to a beautiful montage of cultural performances as part of the school's doppelganger Annual Day celebrations on the slightly chilly evenings of November 27-28, 2015. This year, the school choose 'environment and nature' as the central theme upon which all the cultural performances were based - be it the songs, dances, skit, mime, etc.
On the first evening of November 27, the dignitaries who graced the occasion were chief guest Mukesh Agrawal, IPS, Guwahati city police commissioner, guest of honour Fr. VM Thomas, Salesian Provincial, Guwahati Province of Salesians, Dr. Dhruba Jyoti Saikia, Vice Chancellor, Cotton College State University, Phanindra Jidung, Director, Higher Education, Government of Assam, Fr. Sebastian Mathew, school Principal, Fr. Pradeep Ekka, school Vice Principal, Fr. Johnson Parackal, Executive Director, Don Bosco Institute (DBI), Kharghuli, a host of other Salesians and nuns, parents, guardians and school students.
The curtains rose and the audience were treated to a wonderful orchestra performance - a fusion of the East and West - the music of German composer George Frideric Handel with the Halleluiah chorus composition and tum tanana dhirana based on Raag Malhar by South India's Sivaram Krishna. Soon after, Fr. Sebastian Mathew in his welcome address welcomed all to this ''happy moment of the evening'' and spoke on the importance of preserving Mother Nature and its rich resources. This was followed by a 'Welcome Act' - 'We are a family' by the middle school students after with the guests were felicitated. The tiny tots of classes KG and one decked in red and white then presented a cute-little action song titled A Beautiful Day. The Mime Act titled 'Use Me' mesmerized the audience as the mime actors delivered some brilliant performances with their 'expressions' to highlight the rise in deforestation and the importance of cleanliness. The classical dance 'Panchabhootam' soon followed, which depicted the synthesis of the five elements of nature - earth, water, fire, air and space, and that joy and tranquility lay only in the culmination of these five elements.
After the dance number, chief guest Mukesh Agarwal in his speech lauded the efforts of the school management, teachers and students in putting up this enthralling show and said that ''there was no limit to achieving success and that the sky was the limit.'' The students of classes three and four then performed a skit titled 'An Earth Day', where the importance of protecting trees to protect our future was beautifully acted out by the small boys and girls. After this, guest of honour Fr. VM Thomas in his speech spoke on the importance of afforestation and that the entire show was like a curtain raiser to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Paris, November 30-December 11.
Immediately after his speech, a coffee table book titled Becchi to Guwahati, edited by Fr. Johnson Parackal to commemorate the recently held Bicentenary celebrations of Saint John Bosco was released by Dr. Dhruba Jyoti Saikia. The curtains finally came down with the pop song 'Rendezvous' that had spread the message of peace and harmony through its soulful lyrics. On the second evening of November 28, the chief guest on the occasion was Fr. Januarius Sangma, Vice Provincial, Salesian Province of Guwahati, who along with guest of honour Rajib Prakash Baruah, ACS, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Kamrup (Metro) and Prateek Hajela, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary, Home & Political Department and State Coordinator, NRC, Government of Assam, graced the evening. Complementing on the evening's cultural show, Fr. Januarius Sangma said: ''It was a 'wow' evening for me. Saint John Bosco too was a nature lover as he used to raise the sheep in the meadows and take the children to the countryside.'' In his short speech, Rajib Prakash Baruah said: ''This is not an occasion for a speech, but to sit back and enjoy.'' These students had relentlessly rehearsed under the watchful guidance of a group of teachers for the last fortnight or so, and that was palpably evident from the thunderous applause that each scene received from the packed audience, who for two hours, (on the two consecutive evenings) were literally glued to their seats.


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