“Vande Mataram” – a Band Performance by Students of Lorraine Music Academy at “A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF INDIA : COME INDIA SING JANA GANA MANA” hosted by the LAMP Trust & the Lorraine Music Academy and supported by Modern Delhi Public School on Thursday 10th August 2017, at Kingdom of Dreams’ ShowShaa Auditorium, Gurugram on the eve of our 71st Independence Day – a first of its kind at this venue.

The event had distinguished guests and members of the community from across the National Capital Region and from other States including a family member of Lal Bahadur Shastri, among many others.

Chief Guest:
• Dr. D. Suresh, IAS, Commissioner, Gurugram Division

Special Guest of Honour:
• Shri Anil Shastri, former Member of Parliament & son of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri

Guests of Honour:
• Shri Yashendra Singh, Administrator, HUDA, Faridabad
• Shri John Philipose, Architect & Museologist
• Shri Ajay Mehra, Managing Director – South Asia, Airbus
• Smt. Nirmal Yadav, Principal, CCA School
• Smt. Reena Sharma, Director, Euro International School
• Shri Amit Singh, Deputy Director, Paramlakshya World School
• Smt. Nidhi Kapoor, Principal, Euro International School
• Smt. Priyanka Yadav, Principal, Paramlakshya World School

• Shri Aubrey Aloysius, Founder Trustee & President, LAMP Trust; Managing Director, Lorraine Music Academy
• Smt. Lorraine Fiona Aloysius, Director & Principal, Lorraine Music Academy; Founder Trustee, LAMP Trust

The auditorium was brimming with a new and young patriotic fervour; not just of memories of the past, but of dreams for the future. Over 150+ young patriotic participants aged between 5 – 18 years sang and danced to new, modern, upbeat and stylish music to celebrate our 71st Independence Day.

The theme of the musical event was a call to the next generation of India to say “hello” to our future with renewed energy, passion, pride and patriotism. Dream big, think positive, and move into the future of a Great India!

The Musical Celebration included patriotic and folk songs / dances depicting India’s cultural ethos of “Unity in Diversity”. Professional musicians and students of Lorraine Music Academy and schools across the Gurugram, Haryana & Rajasthan expressed their celebration through song, instrumental music, and dance performances. These included solo & group / choir singing of patriotic songs and mesmerising dance performances set to patriotic and folk music. Schools that participated included Euro International School, Sector-10, Gurugram; Scottish High International School, Gurugram; Suncity World School, Gurugram and Paramlakshya World School, Alwar District, Rajasthan.

The program began with our National Song “Vande Mataram” performed by a young band playing the guitar, drums and keyboards. Three vocalists – Diya, Smriti and Shanaya, sang melodiously and set the mood for the evening. Sabina D’Souza, a high soprano, mesmerised the audience with a rendition of “Just Wave Hello”. Nadia D’Souza sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Way Up High, Birds Fly Over the Rainbow, Why Oh Why Can’t I?” and “I Was Here”. The young children sang and danced to “Let’s Go Fly A Kite”. Rishan Bhatnagar sang “When I Wish Upon A Star… Your Dreams Come True”. Anika Bhatnagar sang “Tomorrow The Sun Will Come Out…. Just Hang On And Don’t Despair”. The evening concluded with a medley of superbly performed dances set to patriotic and folk music and themes including “Bharat Anokha Raag Hain” by Euro International School, a Haryanvi & Rajasthani Folk Dance Medley by Paramlakshya World School, an amalgamation of 3 classical dances – Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi – by Scottish High International School, a traditional Rajasthani “Ghoomar” Folk Dance by Euro International School, and representations of 7 various Indian Classical Dance Forms representing “Unity in Diversity” by Suncity World School. The grand finale of the vocal section was the children singing “We are the World”, and that of the dance section was the portrayal of seven classical dance forms of India to a beautiful classical and fusion tune caused the audience to respond in a rapturous applause.

The Musical Celebration also aimed to encourage the youth of the nation to fulfil their fundamental duties as citizens of India as per Article 51A of the Constitution of India. Article 51A of the Constitution of India states that “It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom; to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.”

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