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Apeejay Kharghar organises art competitions to mark Smt Rajeshwari Paul’s birth anniversary

From houseboard decoration to collage-making competition, students engaged in eclectic activities to pay tribute



To honour Apeejay’s ‘first lady’ late Smt Rajeshwari Paul on her 98th birth anniversary, Apeejay School Kharghar observed a week of artistic bonanza through a range of creative exercises. Passionate about art herself, Smt Paul was the wife of Apeejay founder chairman late Dr Stya Paul and the mother of Smt Sushma Paul Berlia, president and co-promoter, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group.

The school organised various art competitions this month. A best-out-of-waste competition for the school’s junior and sub-junior groups. For the middle school, a collage-making competition was held on the topic “We are the guardians of nature” where students channelled their creative ways of protecting the environment. The senior group participated in a houseboard decoration competition themed “Cultural Heritage of India”. Students put up an excellent showcase of our rich culture including dance, architecture, food, and music. The competition was judged by Smt Berlia along with poet and artist Smt Shweta Chaturvedi and fashion designer Shradhha Chougule.

The week successfully concluded with a delightful cultural programme and art exhibitions that was inaugurated by Smt Berlia and special guest Dr Purva Pandi, an acclaimed kathak dance of Rajgarh gharana.

Smt Paul, who was a postgraduate in English, was also adept at swimming, music, and kathak. Throughout her life, she celebrated various forms of art and advocated for them when they were still far from getting their due recognition. It was late Smt Paul, who incorporated arts into the school curriculum.

Smt Paul was instrumental in taking forward the mission of Apeejay. An epitome of love and affection, she was a motherly figure who brought faith and hope to the lives of others in the Apeejay family.

“Art doesn’t give rise to anything in us that isn’t already there. It simply stirs our curious consciousness and sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be”
-Kamand Kojouri

“The performing arts encourages children to explore their emotions, expand their imagination and helps them develop their own, unique voice. Each discipline of music, dance and drawing engages a child’s brain, body and emotions in different ways to encourage their confidence and find joy in self-expression. On the ocassion of 98th Birth Anniversary of Madam Rajeshwari Paul we had an enthralling display of dance ,music ,singing & art and craft to offer our shradhanjali to the beautiful soul.”

-Tejaswini Shamish Katdare, principal, Apeejay Kharghar

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.