Saturday, September 3, 2011

Splendid gesture of students towards Project Chirag

CAS (creativity, action and service) is an essential element of every student’s Diploma Programme experience. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows.
Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Programme.
Service:  unpaid and voluntary exchange that has learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.

CAS enables students to develop qualities required to deal with real life situations in a very coherent manner. At RBKIA, the students are given opportunities so that they become better and responsible citizens.

The DP students intend to participate in “Light India Movement” led by the organization ‘Project Chirag’. The main purpose of this movement is to provide electricity to those families that have no access to it. Project Chirag believes that it is time to bring in the change so that others can see the world the way we see it. The time has come now for the youth of India to step forward, unite and make a difference. To a great extent it is their duty also to brighten the lives of the fellow citizens. Why not to become a catalyst between darkness and light for 400 million Indians! They really desire to be a part of something special, something unique. They want to experience this electric atmosphere. The Chirag Light India Movement promises to be a landmark operation to unleash the energy of the youth for uplifting the socio-economic levels of rural masses. Here the youth across the nation can put together their collective power and passion towards achieving this historic goal of  - LIGHT FOR ALL!

Project Chirag, the brainchild of SIFE, H. R. College, Mumbai, promises to provide solar powered lamps to the village families. In order to meet the expenses of providing lamps, the students decided to organize a fund raising drive through a talent show -"VIBRATIONS-watcha got"?

They worked hard to make the talent show a grand success. The show was to be held on 27 August 2011 at 9.30 a.m. in the school auditorium. The IBDP students conducted auditions and selected the performances of the students from PYP 5, MYP and DP Sections.

To make an effective impact on the audience, they conceptualized the backdrop of the stage and used a rotating disc to highlight the event.The DP students designed the donation form, invitation card and the flyer.They performed new roles of publicizing and managing the stage, seating arrangements, providing lights and acoustics, compeering, taking photographs and video of the show.
There was an overwhelming response from the parents.

The next step after this would be to get the solar equipment assembled by physically challenged individuals to enable the paraplegic community could earn a respectable livelihood.
Finally, the students will go to Segatpada-Vagarje village, Dahanu Taluka in Thane District to assemble these lamps.

To summarize, the students will be able to show creativity, action as they will have to walk an approximate distance of two kilometers to reach the village and do service to fellow human beings.

Project Chirag
DP students planning the talent show
Preparing decoration for stage
Making duty lists for themselves
enjoying their work
Lamp lighting by the Management Representative and the head of the school
Speech by Ms Edulbehram-Management Representative
And the show begins
Vibrations........the curtain raiser. To highlight the event, a live rotating disc (LP record) was used as the backdrop. The steps to the stage were decorated with the cutout of people dancing and singing. Great work of creativity.
Sumeir Malhotra and Shubham Lad- DP 1 stringing guitar and playing drums
Hark the herald angels sing-Anjali Krishnan PYP 5

My heart will go on........Krithi PYP 5
Yash PYP 5 playing  Shakira's "Waka waka".......on keyboard
Harshie PYP 5 performing gymnastics

Flexibility is the name of the game
Practicing cartwheels will strengthen your upper body and help you in learning later tricks such as round-offs, walkovers, handsprings, and more.
Ballet by Simran Raikar MYP 6-Pointe shoes would allow the girl to briefly stand on her toes to appear weightless.
Ballet is a formalized kind of performance dance, which originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century
Grade 6 band- Samar, Aryan and Anshul
Grade 6 - Airplanes-Aalap. Aryan, Varun, Sara, Kanishk, Roshini and Drishti
Sirish with MYP band
Garima- Grade 8 performing a dance

Music by Malav and Raj Grade 9
Palak and Raena MYP 7 singing with Mr Felix
Param MYP 6 practicing different Asanaas

Swing asanaas

Butterfly asanaa

Rachel Madhani Grade 10-"Fix you" - Coldplay
Tribute to Shammi Kapoor - Ms Bhanumati sharma singing "O Mere sona re sona..."
Ms Bhanumati and Mr Felix singing a fusion of English and Tamil version of K Sera Sera
Dr Vishwas - Mere nayana savan bhadon....
Samantha and Apeksha (Grade 10) singing "Your Guardian Angel"

Anish Grade 9 on guitar

Peeyush Garde 10 - singing "Apologies....."

Adithya playing drums for Peeyush
DP 1 band- Aseem, Rishikesh, Sumeir, jugal, Soham and Shubham

DP 1 band- Aseem, Rishikesh, Sumeir, Soham and Shubham
Rounak and Manali singing Amy McDoanald's "This is the life"
A beautiful contemporary dance by Asra Syed DP 1

Contemporary dance employs many modern dance techniques such as contact-release, fall and recovery, floor work

Dance ribbon, usually 3 inches wide and ranging from 5 to 12 feet long, is made of satin and attached to the end of a 50 to 60 centimeter long baton. 
Ribbon focuses on utilizing the aesthetic appeal of ribbon movement as set to music.
DP Students managing the backstage
Aarohi DP 2 singing Josh Groban's "You raise me up...."
Photography by Rishabh Jain DP 1
"I want to fly"- a song by Mr Sanjay with Mr Felix on keyboard
Hip-hop dance by Kabir Arora DP 2

A true performance!

Vote of Thanks by Head of the School
Sorry Sir, one item has not been announced.  
The highlight of the show -  a song by Mr Paul
Andy William's "To dream the impossible dream.... to reach the unreachable star......"
Ganapati is round the corner-Children having fun on the beats of Nasik Dhol after the program

One more step to carry forward Project Chirag

Total amount of Rs 1,40,000 raised was presented to Pragathi Prathisthan representative Mr Jyotirmoy Chatterji

Bravo IBDP students!


  1. Wow! What a show your students put up. I am so happy to see such efforts and yours foremost. Happy Teachers Day Mrs. Purwar. You are the best teacher I ever had.

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  3. JAMES M. PAUL, HEAD OF SCHOOL RBKIASeptember 6, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Congratulations, Mrs Purwar, for spearheading the Fund Collection Drive for Project Chirag and the Talent Show, organised by the students of our DP section and for putting together this blog presentation. Our DP students exceeded our expectations and delivered a polished and professional programme. We witnessed a wide range of talent from all sections of the school. Congratulations to all participants. Many thanks to all the staff who encouraged and supported the DP in their endeavour and also for motivating students from all sections of the school to generate funds for the Project Chirag collection. A great whole-school effort.

  4. Thank you Sir, for your inspiring and encouraging words. Your comments will indeed spur and motivate us to still do better in future under your able leadership. All the participants had indeed worked hard to make the event a success.

  5. Mr Mark Bartholomew,
    Head of Curriculum,
    RBK Educational Institutions

    I am writing to say how very impressed I was by your concert on Saturday 27 August to raise money for project Chirag (supplying solar-powered lamps tovillages without electricity). I thoroughly enjoyed the performances and wastruly surprised that it could be organized so professionally at such shortnotice and by the students themselves. As Mr. Paul pointed out, this was amajor feat as no lesson was cancelled to make way for rehearsals.

    Dare I say that Felix and his new colleague in the Music Department deserve special praise for accompanying so many of the kids and the teachers on their instruments? It must have meant a lot of work outside class time.

    I look forward to hearing of the progress of Project Chirag, Chhaya, and to reading the students' blogs on it.

    Participants comments:
    Dr Vishwas Parlikar, Math Teacher:

    It reminded me of my school and college years, when I went on the stage to perform an act or present a song . For me it was all excitement and no butterflies in the stomach. Singing is not just a skill for me but is a tool to enhance creativity, intelligence and mental strength. Talent Show was an occasion, to contribute to the great cause -Project Chirag, by our diploma students to bring light to few underprivileged families. I chose to sing one of my favourite songs of Kishore Dada . “Mere Naina Saawan Bhado Phir Bhi Mera Man Pyasa”. The response received from all my colleagues, parents and students was instant and overwhelming. It gave me immense satisfaction even in playing a very small part for a wonderful cause.

    Ms Bhanumathi Sharma, PYP 3 Home Room Teacher:

    I was overwhelmed when the CAS co-coordinator asked me to sing for the Talent show and I was all the more glad when I got appreciation from many unknowns from the audience about my performance. I felt 10 years younger when I was on the stage.I thank Ms.Chhaya Purwar and the management for giving me an opportunity to participate in the event.

    Peeyush Sharma, Grade 10 student:

    For the first time ever, our school had organized a talent show in which people perform and show their talents to parents, teachers and friends. Well, even I was a performer in it. I really enjoyed the way they set up the stage and decorated the whole auditorium. Talking about me, I wanted to perform as the reason behind the show was to collect funds for Project Chirag. It was for a good cause and so I participated.

    Kalyani Srinath
    (Parent of Ninupta Srinath - Grade 2 - RBKIA)

    Kudos to the effort of the kids, as well as the singular dedication &
    direction by all staff, esp by the IBDP coordinator and other staff of the
    school. A special mention is worth of Ms. Chaya Purwar (CAS) for
    spearheading this effort.

    The highlight of the day was definitely the high quality performance by the kids, not to forget the surprise pieces by the staff - including you, Ms. Bhanumathi, Mr. Sanjay and the ever-talented Mr. Felix.

    We wish to congratulate all the persons involved for this program once

    Thanks and best regards.