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INDIAN SCHOOL SALALAH CELEBRATES THE 62nd ‘KERALA PIRAVI’
Observing the tradition and imbibing the true spirit of Keralites, Indian School Salalah celebrated the 62nd birth anniversary of Kerala with great splendour and grandeur, on 5th November 2018 in the school auditorium. 'Kerala Piravi' is the celebration of the formation of Kerala state by the unification of Travancore, Cochin and Malabar in 1956. The celebration portraying the tradition and culture of Kerala was designed and presented by the Malayalam Department.
Shri. Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu, a versatile writer, journalist, poet, orator, Magazine Editor and Script writer, who was honoured with the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 2007 presided over the function as the chief guest. The occasion was graced by Mr. Vinay Kumar C, Convener, School Management Committee Dr. K. A Nishthar and Dr. Abubacker Siddique, (members SMC), Mr. Suresh Babu (former convenor,SMC ), Principal Mr. T R Brown, Vice Principals Dr. S Srinivasan (Administration) and Dr Sivaprasad Murugan(Academics) Assistant Vice Principals Mr. C.T Ramasamy (senior section) and Mrs. Anandalakshmi (middle school) amidst teachers and students.
The day’s celebration commenced with the Prayer song “Vaazhuthunnu Natha…” invoking the blessings of the almighty. Mr. Saji K Chandrodayam, Faculty, Malayalam Department, introduced the chief guest Shri. Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu to the august gathering. Miss. Nandana Anil of class X delivered the formal welcome address.
The chief guest of the day Shri. Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu inaugurated the function by lighting the traditional lamp. In his address he stressed on the importance of logical thinking and creativity. He also advised the students to respect their mother tongue. He quoted the words of the legend, Shri Narayana Guru, “Madham Ethayalum Manushyan Nannayal mathi” and pointed out the heartwarming instances of religious harmony that ‘God’s Own Country’ has displayed in the face of adversity. He insisted on the need of compassion towards motherland and also to nurture and preserve the language, art and culture of Kerala. Mr. Vinay Kumar C, Convener, SMC, Dr. Abubacker Siddique, member SMC and Mr. Suresh Babu ,former convenor SMC also conveyed their wishes.
Celebrating the festivity, students in traditional Kerala attire put up a very colourful and extravagant display of cultural extravaganza. The elegant dance performance by the students of class X to the medley of songs sung by their friends unveiling the beauty, art and culture of Kerala enthralled the audience. The scintillating fusion of Tiruvathira Kali and Maargam Kali, the graceful movements of thematic Semi Classical dance and the vibrant Oppana (Mylanchi Kalyanam) left the spectators spell bound. The melodious and enchanting group song (lyrics and music by Mr. Saji K Chandrodayam, Faculty, Malayalam Department) and the energetic foot tapping folk song captivated the audience. It was followed by an emphatic speech by Miss.Ezrin of class IX, in which she gave a glimpse of the formation of Kerala and also the significance of Kerala Piravi. The poem “Vaadaka Veettile Vana Jyotsna….” written by the renowned poet O.N V Kurup was recited by Miss. Irene Anna Sunil of class VIII and it drew the special attention of
The heart touching documentary “Namukorumikkam” on the devastating flood of Kerala filled the audience with suppressed emotions. Just as Keralites celebrate the festival Onam in the true spirit of brotherhood, the entire populace stood shoulder to shoulder in their time of crisis. The documentary concluded with the motto “Stay united to rebuild Kerala.”
Chief guest Shri. Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu was honoured with a memento as a token of gratitude and appreciation. Mr. Shaji K Vazhode, Head of the Department, Malayalam expressed his gratefulness to Principal Mr. T.R Brown for his guidance and support for the stupendous execution of kerala Piravi. He also thanked all the other invitees for sparing their valuable time to grace the occasion.
The celebration concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Mast. Ajay of Class X. The power packed compering team comprised of Miss. Nadiya, Miss Nahida, Miss. Anita and Miss. Reyna from Class X. The celebrations filled the mind of the spectators with the memories of communal harmony and the vast heritage of Kerala.