Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Xpressions - Touching Lives

On 25 February 2012, for my personal project, I organized a music concert as a fundraiser for Operation smile, an organization that facilitates surgeries for poor people with clefts. I named it “Xpressions” and at the end learnt some very valuable lessons.
I learnt that composing a song is very hard. Other than that I learnt a lot about composing and writing songs- from finding suitable chords to a melody to finding a suitable beat for a song to writing in a poetic manner, I have learnt so much.
I also learnt that organizing an event is harder. Also, I realized that composing a song is much easier than selling tickets! I learnt that people outside my school don’t welcome me with a smile and agree to buy two tickets without any hesitation, like my teachers do. Sometimes they say a straight no to your face and you have to accept it and move on.
I realized that I am not a good sales person. I might be a little good at advertising, but sales is just not my forte. I learnt that it is very hard to find celebrities and even harder to convince them to come to a fundraiser as a chief guest. Some of them are really nice though- I met Ehsaan and Loy two very famous music composers and found out that they were really nice people.
I learnt that community and service is not just about charity functions and fundraisers, but about being a responsible citizen and helping the community- in whichever way.
I also used a lot of skills to complete my project like time management, planning, organizing, collaboration, marketing etc. I have improved my selling skills. I learnt the skill of controlling air flow when singing.
My singing has improved- I sing louder and with more confidence on stage. I am not nervous on stage anymore. I am calm and cool- at least on stage. I practiced a lot- sometimes with my friend Samantha- whose personal project topic is vocal training to get rid of stage fright.
One thing which I couldn’t improve about myself was decreasing the amount stress that I have before something big- like a concert or examination or something like that. I was stressed out and I was coughing- something that happens to me when am stressed out. 
I am very happy with my result. I made rupees one lakh 29 thousand which is not bad and sold a total of 239 tickets.  Other than that, people were very happy with my concert and most of them enjoyed it.
If I were to do this project again in the future I would manage my time better than I did this time. I would start selling tickets much before the concert. I would advertise better- talk to people about it more; tell them why it’s so important. I would make sure that I sell all my tickets for the set price and reach my target.

Apeksha Trivady
Welcome address by Apeksha Trivady

Ms. Rekha Bharadwaj - the Chief Guest of the evening

Kudos and applauds for the RBKIA performers

A dance performance by Kabir Arora

'Sau Saal Pahle Mujhe Tum Se Pyaar Tha' - by Dr. Vishwas Parlilar and Ms. Bhanumati Sharma.

Ashish Kanakia singing ENRIQUE IGLESIAS's 'Somebody's me' 

IBDP1 band presenting 'Knights of Cydonia' - by Muse

And a big round of applause!

A medley of two songs: SMILE even though your heart is breaking' and 'What a wonderful world' - by Mr. James Paul

Ms. Rekha Bharadwaj - 'Sasuraal Genda phool'
Mr. Sanjay playing drums for Ms. Rekha Bharadwaj

Ms. Rekha Bharadwaj - 'Darling ankho se akhein char kanre do'

'Darling roko na, Mujhe pyaar karne do'

A very big 'Thank You' to all for supporting the event - by Ms. Edulbehram, Management Representative of RBKIA

Friday, March 9, 2012

A thing of beauty is a joy forever - An initiative of IBDP students to create 2012 calendar

This year, the IBDP students created 2012 Calendar as part of the Creativity component of their CAS program. The DP students Rounak Magoo, Manali Shah, Jigar Nandwana, Shubham Lad and  Rishikesh Nair, selected a good number of drawings of the MYP and DP students, shortlisted them and compiled them as the different pages of the calendar. It was a very interesting excercise to click pictures of the drawings, to edit them and then to compose them artistically as relevant pages for the twelve months.
The students sold these calendars to raise funds for Project Chirag - a Chirag Light India Movement by the youth.

Every one commended the initiative of the students.

A message from Mr. Mrs. Kanakia:

This is with reference to students of DP 1 , Sunny Shah and Jigar
Nandwana's,  visit to the Head Office on 27th January to present the
calendar designed by them.

Mr.Himanshu Kanakia met them and was pleased and congratulated them on their
wonderful effort in designing , editing and getting the calendars printed.

Mr.Rasesh Kanakia and Mrs.Rupal Kanakia too have seen the calendar and are
amazed at the creative and physical efforts of these students..

Kudos to their effort and have asked them to keep up the good work!