Independence Day at Inventure was resplendent with color, festivity, celebration and national pride. There was dancing, singing, and an overwhelming feeling of unity that became stronger with each performance of the day. It would be safe to say that at that on this day, not only did each individual feel proud to be Indian, but also proud to be a part of Inventure Academy, as well.
The morning started with the traditional flag hoisting at the round-about in front of the school, where the whole school gathered in their vibrant ethnic attire, singing the national anthem in unison. It was one of those moments that stays fresh in your memory forever. While the younger kids stood patiently during the flag hoisting, you could tell they were squirming inside, waiting to move on to the amphitheater where the real celebrations would begin.
And once they did begin, nothing could stop enjoyment! After, our chief guest, Dr. Ashwin Mahesh, made a short speech about what it really means to be Indian, the first people called onto stage were the adorable first graders. They charmed the entire audience with their catchy song, and their outfits originating from different corners of the country.
This was followed by a multitude of different dances and plays, each one touching the audience in a unique way. While one dance was more dramatic, stirring the soul, with each scene depicting our struggle for freedom, others were more upbeat and amusing, leaving us all in a light-hearted mood. No matter what was happening on stage, it was easy to see that each individual up there was putting their all into whatever they were doing; they were truly enjoying themselves as much as the people watching them were.
To transition these performances from one to another, some of our senior students came on to stage and shared quotes about what ‘freedom’ meant to various students at school. It added a whole new dimension to the already existing program to see how wide the spectrum could be; the word ‘freedom’ could mean so many different things to so many different people.
But despite our differences, the entire afternoon was a greatly uniting experience. By the end of the program, everyone was smiling and singing along: parents, students, and teachers alike. As a whole, the celebration succeeded in capturing the essence of what Independence Day is; after all, we come together on August 15th each year to remind each other, and ourselves, that we are all Indian, and proud to be Indian.
Grade 11 AS
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