Saturday, October 15, 2011

AVM Family Splurge in Festive Joy

The little nip in the air in the month of October also heralds the colours of this festive season. In Atmiya Vidya Mandir, after the hectic study schedule of SA1 examination, the school campus gears up to revel in festive spirit with fun, frolic and joy.

Ego and negativity burnt into flames

The legend underlying every celebration at Atmiya Vidya Mandir, as also its mode of conduct, gives the students a glimpse of Hindu culture; however, all festivities celebrate the victory of the forces of Good over Evil, Dussehra or Vijyadashmi add that extra sparkle with a sense of resolution to defeat the negativity of mind giving a way to new and productive thoughts.

On the auspicious occasion of Vijyadashmi, in the morning assembly, respected Vijay Sir, the principal of the school explained the students the moral message of the occasion of Vijyadashmi. It is also considered to be an auspicious day to begin new things in life, he said.

In the evening, at the basketball ground, the ritual of Ravan Dahan was performed. Effigy of Ravan, went up in flames across the firmament as the sun set on the pious day of Vijyadashmi, marking the victory of good over the evil. All elders of Atmiya family, saints and children watched in amazement, the dazzling fireworks lightening up the sky, as the giant size effigy crackled in the fire.

The Twirl-O-Meter of Garba Dance

Every corner of the campus continued to ripple and vibrate with Navratri and Dussehra celebrations. For it is Navratri- the annual Festival dedicated to the powerful Mother Goddess. A rapturous combination of solemnity and joy and hope, the traditional garba dance was organized at the school Basket Ball ground. The tempo of changed perceptibly, after the exam-mania, the excitement was unprecedented and fervour unmatched. The Navratri night extravaganza made the students dancers whirl with the rhythmic movements of their arms to the musical accompaniment of amplifier.

For the ceremonial ritualistic initiation of the festival, a lamp was lit to be placed at the God’s altar. The arena, setting up of lights created the perfect ambience. The pleasure of being together and a roaring and rapturous razzmatazz of the pulsating beats made every student enjoy at fullest. The twirl- o- meter went up when teachers, didis and house masters joined the students swirling and twirling to the rhythmic beats. All were dancing in groups and circles. The dancers of each concentric circle then weave patterns with each other and with members of the other circle. There was a great deal of freedom in the movements. Some of the students- group was indulge creating glimpses of Rasa, the traditional dance of Gujarat. The origin of the Rasa is traced back to the legends connected with the life of Lord Krishna. Oblivious of the passage of time, the students-dancers continued late into the night.

These celebrations coincide with nature at her happiest and most abundant at the green surroundings of the school. It is the end of the cooling, life giving monsoon. For all those who were donning the Navratri ensemble and graving the garba dance for the first time, and even those who rejoice over it every time, it is going to be a memorable experience to cherish forever.

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