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United colours of creativity come together at Apeejay School, Saket

Inspired by Kafka and Lennon, students unleash the eclectic power of imagination in the Srijan, Creative Expression 2 event 2022

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Franz Kafka once observed, “Other opportunities arise from time to time, opportunities whereby a word, a glance, a sigh of trust may achieve more than a lifetime of exhausting endeavour.”  The German novelist and short-story writer wasn’t the only pop culture icon to pay an ode to moments of creativity and unleashing the power of imagination. A certain John Lennon also immortalised it in his song Imagine, where he envisioned a Utopian but gentler world without strife and materialism.

Taking a cue from these strands of thought, the Apeejay School, Saket recently hosted an immensely impressive online event SRIJAN—Creative Expression 2022 to showcase  the eclectic creative endeavours and activities undertaken by students as members of its various clubs.   

Dr. Sujeet Eric Masih, Principal, Apeejay School, Saket, explained the genesis of the event’s nomenclature. “Srijan, as the name suggests, refers to the unleashing of the remarkable creative abilities of the students that leads to the creation and discovery of talent, confidence, team spirit, learning ability, collaboration, coordination, empathy and understanding, together with the core human values. It is just not an event but a celebration of the spirit of togetherness with creativity.”

A grand inaugural function preceded the online event with the Chief Guest, renowned Kathak dancer Vidhushi Mamata Maharaj, being accorded a warm welcome for gracing the annual event this year by the Principal Dr Sujeet Eric Masih. The virtual function witnessed a robust participation from Principals, teachers, parents and students of Apeejay Group schools.
A virtual lighting of the lamp was followed by the Principal’s address in which he laid emphasis on balancing scholastic activities with co-curricular activities that help children understand the importance of work-life balance.  A soulful rendition of the Saraswati Vandana and dance performance was in order to invoke the blessings of the Goddess of Learning.
A brief film on Srijan provided a virtual peek into its formative years. Each club of the school elucidated its annual journey in a unique way, showcasing their experiences through Break Out rooms. Impressed with the rainbow hues of the presentations by the clubs, Chief Guest Vidushi Mamata Mahraj applauded it in her address.

The colourful ensemble of 16 clubs included a variety of presentations including those by the Creative Writing Club that showcased the work of budding writers; Health & Wellness in which handy health tips and recipes worth trying were shared; the Origami Club presentation saw beautiful and amazing compositions made of paper on display; Eco Club, which shed light upon the measures to save our planet and the Fitness Club that focused on adopting a holistic approach to keep fit.

“This year was full of curves and folds, but we all managed to create a beautiful piece out of it. While everyone had their own methods, we the members of origami club used origami as our way to create some wonderful pieces,” said class 10 student Amitoj Singh Grover.  Added class 9 student Iqra Naaz of the Vivekananda Study Circle Club, “You have to grow from the inside out. Nobody can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”

Talking about the need to be conscious of our actions that damage the environment, Ritvik of class 7 made an appeal: ““Humans are the only creatures in this world who cut the trees, make paper from it and then write ‘SAVE TREES’. So stop cutting trees and protect the environment.”

Underlining the importance of public speaking, class 9 student Amrit Arnav said, “”If you can speak, you can influence, if you can influence, you can change lives.”

Not to be outdone, Ramanujan Club students showcased their mathematical skills beyond textbooks and members of the J.C Bose Club displayed their Science skills and competencies via innovative experiments and fun activities. Members of the Public Speaking Club impressed one and all with an engaging talk show and Guru Dutt Club students exhibited their hands-on, albeit amateur mastery upon the tools of filmmaking.

In his concluding address, the Principal, Dr. Sujeet Eric Masih, said: “We want our students to work and discover with imagination because it is the precursor of creation. You imagine what you desire, it becomes your will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will. We at Apeejay School Saket just ignite this fusion reaction. It’s just as simple as this!”

“Srijan, as the name suggests, refers to the unleashing of the remarkable creative abilities of the students that leads to the creation and discovery of talent, confidence, team spirit, learning ability, collaboration, coordination, empathy and understanding, together with the core human values. It is just not an event but a celebration of the spirit of togetherness with creativity.”

-Dr. Sujeet Eric Masih, Principal, Apeejay School, Saket

Aasheesh Sharma is a seasoned journalist with an experience of more than 25 years spread over newspapers, news agencies, magazines and television. He has worked in leadership positions in media groups such as Hindustan Times, India Today, Times of India, NDTV, UNI and IANS. He is a published author and his essay on the longest train journey in India was included in an anthology of writings on the railways, brought out by Rupa Publications. As the Editor of Apeejay Newsroom, he is responsible for coverage of the latest news and developments in the Apeejay institutions. He can be reached at [email protected] He tweets @Aasheesh74

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