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‘We wish to express love for our country through dance’

With rhythmic beats and graceful hand mudras, students of Apeejay School, Pitampura gear up to celebrate 75th anniversary of Independence Day

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The spirit of patriotism is spread nation-wide as the Government of India has commenced the initiative, ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ under the aegis of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. What’s better than showing respect and admiration for one’s country through heartfelt songs and Indian classical dance. And so, students and dance teacher, Ms. Bhawna Mago, from Apeejay School, Pitampura are set to put up a great show in the school. What went behind the scenes? Let’s hear it from them. 

“In the school, we are observing a week-long celebration to mark 75 glorious years of India’s Independence,” says Ms. Mago. She has been working relentlessly to teach students ‘mundras’ and facial expressions of Kathak and Bharatanatyam dance forms for the big day. The student group will perform on August 08, 2022 in the school as part of the Independence Day celebrations.

Ms. Mago shared that she chose the song, ‘Sau Raginiyon Se Saja Bharat Anokha Raag Hai’ for the occasion and clubbed it with a semi-classical dance form. “The students have been working hard for the past four days and are practicing rigorously. To perfect our dance steps and hand movements, we are also making videos and sharing them with each other. This song is perfect to express one’s feelings for the nation. And, after the Covid-19 pandemic gloom, all teachers and students have this time come together to celebrate 75 years of India in-person. By dancing and singing, we aim to express feelings that go beyond words. After all, dance is the language of the soul,” she says.

Trained in Kathak dance from Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, an Indian cultural institution in Mandi House, Delhi, Ms. Mago realised her passion for dance in class 11. Since that time, she began learning under the guidance of mentors Smt. Nandini Singh ji and Shri Harish Gangani ji. She spent six educational years perfecting her craft before she was associated with Apeejay School, Pitampura in 2008.

Speaking to the students, Virika Jain, a class 5 student of the school, who will be performing Bharatanatyam says, “I am learning the steps and trying to get better at it. I aspire to become a dancer and Bhawna Ma’am encourages me a lot for it. Our performance is going to be power-packed and graceful. It will be a celebration of free and Independent India.”  

Class 6 student, Eshika Yadav says, “I am going to give my best shot in the performance. Bhawna Ma’am has shortlisted a fitting song to celebrate the Independence Day. Through dances, songs and instrumental music, we are ready to participate in the national ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. Our school is organising a host of events for it as well. What I deeply love about the country is how we Indians live in unity and harmony together. I look up to the courage of our freedom fighters, Rani Lakshmi Bai, in particular, because she was a powerful figure. I admire her courage and strong will.”

Prisha Kumar, class 5 student who is trained at both Kathak and Bharatanatyam dance forms said she is excited about her performance. “I have performed at the school’s platform a number of times and have received huge applause and words of encouragement from my friends and Principal Ma’am. It is a great feeling!” 

Mrini Devnani is a Senior Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, interviews and contributions for the website. She was a former Correspondent covering Edutech for the India Today Group, and has passion for Social Media and Digital Marketing. You can reach her at [email protected]

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