India: Children’s Day celebration at Vidyodaya School(entry 119)November 29th, 2009
On 14 November, we celebrated Children’s Day in our school. We remember India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on this day. He was very fond of children. On his birthday every year, Children’s Day is celebrated in India.
We had a full day of school with new activities. Harsha Anna, an ex-student of our school, is studying Fine Arts in Bangalore right now (he’s the person in the blue kurta in the photograph). He brought his friends from Bangalore. This group had artists and singers. They spent the whole day with us - entertaining us.
In the morning, we had our regular assembly session where we sang shlokas. Then our headmaster talked about the Children’s Day. He told us about the rights of children; like the right to education, speech and so on. In India, there are many children who don’t go to school. They start working when they are very young. Sir said that we should fight for the rights and no child should be made to work. All the children should be in school.
Then, Harsha Anna made us play a game. He blindfolded us and asked us to draw a picture on the blackboard. It was very funny to see our drawings.
Then we sat in groups. We learnt how to draw nice paintings. How to make portraits , cartoon and landscape pictures.
They taught us how to mix colours and then we drew objects and scenery. In the portrait group, each group had two people. We drew each other.
All our drawings were displayed after lunch. The teachers also joined in with this activity.
Then, it was time for singing and dancing. The group brought many musical instruments like veenas, dolaks, guitars and drums.They played the instruments and all sang songs. Many of us saw these instruments for the first time.
In the last session, they played an Adivasi song and we all danced. The teachers gave us sweets.
Badichi - I loved the drawing session on the board. When we looked at our drawings, they looked very funny and we laughed.
Siva - Harsha Anna’s group sang a Bengali song which I liked very much.
Prasad - I liked the guitar and drums.
Nandini - the Irula dance with the live music was nice and I enjoyed it.
Revathi - I loved Poornima akka’s veena. She played very well. I also liked the Bengali song.