On the Path of the Mahatma
“Peace is the most powerful weapon of mankind. It takes more courage to take a blow than to give one.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.
The 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was celebrated at DAIS, with much enthusiasm and fervour.
The focus of these celebrations was to imbibe the principles of life that Gandhiji advocated; such as truth, discipline, peace, honesty, non-violence, and faith.
The week long celebrations, during the week of 2nd October, began with Class 4 A and B visiting Mani Bhavan, which is a museum and historical building dedicated to Gandhiji. Mani Bhavan was the focal point of Gandhiji's political activities in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. It also houses a museum and a library, which showcases Gandhiji’s work and life.
On the school campus, the Primary school set up a ‘Gandhi Gallery’, which was an amalgamation of the Mahatma’s quotes, principles, values and the people he inspired. All this was depicted by our children through their art work and their writings.
This was followed by a Primary assembly in the school auditorium, to consolidate the children’s learning through the week and to reiterate Gandhiji’s invaluable contribution to India, for which he is remembered even today.
A student of Class 4, then spoke about how Bapu lived by his principles and propagated ‘satyagraha’ or non-violence. She narrated an anecdote from his life.
A devotional ambience prevailed, as the programme started with a meaningful prayer service, with the students of LKG A and B, singing a devotional song, in praise of ‘Bapu’.
Class 1 shared a story, on how Gandhiji overcame his fear of the dark in his childhood, and spread light not just in India, but worldwide.
This was followed by a song by the Western Music group, in reverence of Gandhi. Once again a student from Class 4 highlighted Gandhiji’s love for his countrymen, in Hindi, and invoked respect amongst audience members for the great man.
Now it was time for a very well dramatized skit by the students of Class 2 A and B. They emphasized his experiment with truth, by acting out an event from Bapu’s life as a student.
The climax of the programme was a medley of songs and ‘bhajans’ by the Indian Music singers. The melodious songs included some of Gandhiji’s favourite bhajans, like ‘Vaishnav Jan to’ and some inspiring compositions like ‘Dedi hame azadi bina khadag bina dhal’ and ‘Ainak pehne lathi pakde chalte the wo shaan se’.
The programme touched every child’s heart, resounding his philosophy and his message to humanity. Bapu will continue to inspire generations and the Primary section took a little step in that direction.