If the school magazine emphasizes on the literary aptitude and the school sports on the physical talent of the students, the event which exhibits their cultural skills is undoubtedly the Annual Concert.
It is the biggest event of an academic year eagerly awaited by students and teachers alike.
Our Annual Function is generally celebrated in the winter season. As I was a participant, I was asked to come early this year. The make-up man prepared the participants of dance and drama. It was the first time I was performing, so I was quite nervous. The programme started with the opening speech from the chief guest and other guests of honor followed by academic prize distribution. The cultural programme began with an opening dance and song. Then one after the other, events started pouring which were complimented by thunderous rounds of applause. As my turn came, I finally readied myself and decided to give my best. I played the part of Marcus Antony in the famous play Julius Caesar.
As if in a trance, I went on delivering my dialogues with utmost dedication. And I had it; we all got a standing ovation with special mention of the characters of Brutus, Caesar and mine. I could see the proud faces of my parents, grandparents, teachers and friends in the crowd as I got a prize for my performance.
The other programmes people really liked were recitals of Indian classical dances- Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam by the senior students. However my favourite programme was a funny skit by the kindergarten kids. They all forgot their dialogues and the way they conducted themselves turned the skit into a far greater comedy than the scriptwriter had imagined. My grandparents liked the performance of the school choir as they presented some melodious prayer songs of all religions and conveyed a wonderful message of communal harmony. It was one of the best days of my life.
The School Function highlights the innate talents of the students of every class and age. It is the platform where many of us receive our first appreciation. It helps in cultivation of the cultural skills and above all is a welcome change from the monotony of studies. Therefore every effort must be made to induce larger participation from everyone.