None are oblivious to the preeminent events which coined India as an independent nation on August 15, 1947. India’s independence is a matter of both, pride and gratitude. We pride our forefathers for having quelled the colonizers, and express gratefulness to the lives which were traded in heaven for this priceless gift of freedom.
To honor 70 years of liberation, the nation spun into a celebration spree, and so did ISBF. On August 12, 2016, the new additions to the ISBF clan ( aka freshers ) organised and presented the Independence Day Program with undying fervor and zeal. They showcased a vibrant spectacle of the Indian heritage and successfully executed their first event at ISBF.
Patriotism was rekindled, and #beingindian could not have felt more majestic! Students and faculty were ushered in with a tika ritual and shortly after, the event commenced with the lighting of the lamp and a musical rendition by ISBF’s singing marvel, Arpita. Next in queue was a poetry recital by Tushaar Chaudhary, a fellow ISBFian who penned down his thoughts on the Indian civility and conduct. The audience was also tested on its know-how about the country. The’ I-Quiz’ tied teachers and students in teams of three each, and puzzled them with questions which left everyone indulged in merriment and laughter. Up next came Krati Gahlot, who talked us through the 8000km national train odyssey or the ‘Jagriti Yatra’, an initiative which aims to build India through enterprise.
Every festivity seems incomplete without foot-tapping music and dance! The Independence Day Gala saw some jaw-dropping performances. The venue resonated with cheer and applause after a splendid band performance on Guns N’ Roses’ magnum opus, ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ ; and everyone sprung up and lauded the feisty dance medley which harmoniously married India’s folk dance styles ( Lavani, Garba, Bhangra) and celebrated the nation’s unity despite cultural discrepancies. This was followed by a patriotic dance on Rehman’s heart-stirring song, ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’ , being sung live without any music accompaniments! Ofcourse we were all bedazzled!
The finale brought all the participants together with candles to pay homage to the Indian martyr, tribute to the Indian soldier, and to honor the dedication and contribution of every Indian who has shed blood and sweat pre and post-independence, to establish the country which basks today, in pride, sovereignty and integrity.Read PreviousRead Next