A nation becomes what its young people read and do in their youth. Its ideals are fashioned then, its goals strongly determined. Keeping its youth building role in mind, MRIS 46 has always endeavored to provide students with multiple platforms to channelize and fashion their thoughts in positive direction. India Calling, an Inter-School event, held annually in the month of August is one such event where students from various schools across Delhi-NCR participate and share their views through a multitude of activities. Conceptualized a decade ago, India Calling has grown in the stature and has become a prominent event in the school calendar.
The 10th edition of India Calling for students across Nursery- Grade XII was hosted by MRIS 46 from 7th – 8th August 2019. The theme of the event this year was Navodit Bharat, an Emerging India. 24 renowned schools across Delhi NCR participated this year and the school hosted 550 students in these three days. 7th August marked the inauguration of this prestigious event by Director Principal MRIS 46 and Guests of the day through the ceremonial lighting of the lamp. A cultural performance by school students paid homage to Pandit Uday Shankar and set the tone of the day.
7th August saw students of Nursery-Grade V competing with one another in various events. As always, host MRIS-46 participated but did not compete in any category. All performances at various venues were kick started by MRIS 46. Nursery event Artistic Yoga aimed at taking pride and promoting the rich cultural heritage of India. Little tots amazed the audience with perfect yoga postures, synchronized agility and flexibility. Amity International School, Sec 43 was declared the winner. Students of Grades 1-2 brought alive the stage through their Stage Reading performance. As the theme was Emerging India, students ideated various stage readings based on issues like Gender Equality, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat, Technological Development and many more. They were articulate and expressive in their presentation and after much contention, Bal Bharti Public School, Manesar was declared the winner of the event. Grade III, IV & V got an opportunity to explore Shadow Theatre for the first time and present their viewpoint on emerging India. Though the concept was challenging for the little ones, they surprised the judges with their clean and near perfect shadow performance. The Maurya School emerged as the winner of Shadow Theatre. Post compilation of the days result, MRIS- Charmwood was declared the School of the Day.
8th August was charged with performances by students of Grades VI-XII. Grades VI, VII, VIII had the audience split with laughter through Stand-up-Comedy performances. Their interpretation of emerging India ranged from corruption free India to India as a superpower. DPSG Ghaziabad was declared the winning team. Grades VIII, IX & X rocked all with Rap Relay. The ease with which participants took to this mode of art and the stupendous beat-boxing was amazing. The winning team in this category was from Shiv Nadar School. Grades XI & XII brought alive poetry through choreography and narration in Poetry Alive. Themes for this segment were Women in Emerging India and Rainbow in Emerging India. Hard hitting self composed poems by young artists enthralled the audience. MRIS Noida was declared winner in this category and also the School of the Day. The 2-day celebration culminated with a closing ceremony and a rocking musical performance by school alumni Rankirat.
The future promise of any nation, can be directly measured by the thought process of its youth. Year after year, this annual event gives us an opportunity to make the young minds think divergently about our rich cultural heritage, ponder over various issues and look for plausible solutions, contemplate on the present reality and take pride in the rapid progress being made…after all its India Calling.