Mussoorie, April 20 - The 20th annual talent and cultural fiesta was held at Mussoorie International School auditorium here today. Gayatri House was declared the overall champion. Shantanu Prakash, CMD of Educomp Solutions, was the chief guest on the occasion. Prakash along with Padma Bhushan awardee Dr Shyama Chona inaugurated the programme. They lighted the ceremonial lamp and garlanded the portrait of Maa Gayatri and gurudev.
The event started with the chanting of traditional verses from the Vedas by the students.
An instrumental, musical event rendered in traditional ‘ragas’ of the Hindustani and Carnatic music. The students also played different instruments as well.
Santoshi House played raga Pilu, Gayatri House played raga Bhahaar and Lakshmi House played raga Desh.
The students also competed with each other in Hindi song section composed by S Ghildyal and Jhadav.
The instrumental music event was followed by instrumental musical drums, where students played instruments including, congo, tabla, xylophone, bongo and western drums.
The students also displayed their talent at the on the spot painting event.
The students of Santoshi House presented an English mime based on a poem written by Toru Dutt.
An English play ‘Draupadi’, tribal folk dances including, Dollu Kunitha from Karnataka, Siala from Chattisgarh and Dhalkai from Sambalpur were also performed by the students on the occasion.
The students also mesmerised the audience by their Kathak performance.
They displayed a saree fashion show at the end.
Principal Priya Peter said such talent shows helped in instilling confidence among the students.
The chief guest also gave away the winning trophy to Gayatri House.