New Delhi: In a unique initiative, the teachers and students of the Shri Ram School in New Delhi held a 'Mad About Heritage festival' showcasing ethnic art, craft and music.
A year-long effort to familiarise little minds with the country's history and heritage resulted in a fun-filled festival. There was art, craft, music, drama and food and the school Chairman credits the students and their equally persevering parents for a full house.
School Chairman Arun Bharat Ram said, "If you look around, you will see that it's parents helping the kids not the teachers."
Enthusiastic students put their best foot forward, syncing their steps with professionals to do the Rajasthani folks dance Kalbelia. At the sports arena aptly named the Akhada, young kids roughed it out trying to master patience and endurance through kushti and kabaddi. But the best takeaway of the fest was the photography exhibition where they let their imagination speak for themselves.
That's not all. Puppet-making, kite-making, and calligraphy stalls also spun a fantastic tale of history, habitat and culture that gave parents another reason to bond with their children.
Teacher Sharmishtha Ghosh said, "They now want to go for picnics to these places instead of malls. Earlier it was Thailand and US but now they want to go to Amritsar and Wagah border. It's a real change. They're proud of their culture and are becoming patriotic."
They are out to discover the living heritage and revisit past glory. The pride in showcasing one's age-old tradition is what has driven the young minds. Today, they have taken baby steps towards knowing the country and culture that is theirs a little more and the school has made sure that the link between their part and present remains intact.