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Apeejay Saket students are always up for a ‘Chunauti’

Apeejay School, Saket organised a cultural literary fest in which over 50 schools from Delhi-NCR participated

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`A challenge or chunauti is what drives the competitive spirit upwards. One then exceeds even one’s own expectations vis-à-vis one’s talent and creates wonders. With an aim to help students bring out the best of their abilities,  Apeejay School, Saket hosted its annual cultural and literary fest, ‘Chunauti 2022’, an event designed to showcase the ingenuity of the students. 

As part of the fest, innovative competitions were held that stimulated the creativity, intellect and potential of young minds. A mammoth participation from more than 58 schools across Delhi-NCR was witnessed. 

The participants zealously participated in 12 offline and 3 online  competitions including ‘Rhythm Scape’, ‘Centre Stage’, ‘Créer Endorsement’, ‘Raag Raaj’,  ‘Puppetry Tales’, ‘Oxi Yog’, ‘Deep Dive Origami’, ‘The Culture Savvy’, ‘Al Heena’, and  ‘Swaragini’.

Competitions such as ‘Devil’s Advocate’, ‘Poetic Contour’, ‘French Song – L’enfance’, ‘Sanskrit Shlok Gyaan Pratiyogita’, and ‘Vigyapan ke Rang Hasya ke Sang’ gave students a chance to portray their flair in language. During the fest, the stage was set on fire with some stellar music and dance performances by the students who participated with immense energy.

Pandit Deepak Maharaj, renowned exponent of Kathak, who belongs to the illustrious Kalka-Bindadin gharana and is the disciple and son of Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji, graced the inaugural function as the Chief Guest. He enthralled the audience with his rendition of the fine nuances of Kathak while enriching the students with his inspiring life experiences.

Class 12 student Roshini Singh participated in the event ‘Devil’s Advocate’. Speaking about her experience she said, “Chunauti, for what it means, really challenged my creativity and made me think out of the box while watching and learning alongside my peers. Facing a new audience really helped me to open up to new ideas and also helped me gain a better experience.”

Class 8 student Ritwik, who participated in the event ‘Vigyapan Ke Rang’ said, “Chunauti 2022-23 was the best experience I have had in a year. It gave me experience and checked my abilities to showcase my talent. When the competition was over, I just wanted to look at myself in the mirror and was happy that I gave it everything I had.”

Nitya Gupta, a Class 12 student and participant in the event ‘Creer Endorsement’ said, “ Being a student of Apeejay School, Saket I have seen my peers and other students participating in Chunauti, and I always wanted to be a part of this mega event. After my participation, I have gained confidence and I also tried coming out of my comfort zone as I knew it was a great opportunity given to me. This was the first time that I participated and it was an enriching experience. I now look forward to more such competitions.”

The colourful two-day mega event culminated successfully with the valedictory ceremony. Shrimati Punita Sharma, a distinguished name in the field of Kathak, presided over as the esteemed Chief Guest for the ceremony. The Chief Guest announced the winners of the various competitions.  

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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