Agastya Academy's Kalarang 2024 began as the sun set at around 5:15 PM on January 9th in the Agastya Amphitheatre, featuring Mr. M. Chinnasami, MD of Agni Steels and Founder of Olirum Erode Foundation, as our esteemed Chief Guest. The event, marked by careful preparation and a cooperative spirit, aimed to provide us, a platform to express ourselves through various cultural performances, thereby contributing to our school's ethos of positive change.
In the days leading up to Kalarang 2024, all of us, involved in cheerful practice sessions under the guidance of our keen teachers. The collective effort extended to the day of the event, with our entire school community coming together to assist one another with costumes and makeup, creating shared interest.
The amphitheatre came alive on January 9th as our parents, relatives, and staff gathered to witness the grand spectacle. The evening began as we played melodious tunes of flutes, setting a captivating tone for the cultural festivities.
Every one of us from Grade 4 and above played a crucial role on stage, contributing to the Annual celebrations at Agastya
Divine Rhythms and Enchanting Voices
Dressed in brilliant blue costumes, we showcased our vocal competence on stage, singing divine songs that resonated through the amphitheatre. We also gave additional flute performances and divine dance acts portraying heavenly gods, adding to the enchantment of the evening.
Traditional dances, such as the Badugu dance associated with the Badugu community in the Nilgiris, were performed. One standout performance featured Grade 4 students presenting the Bamboo dance of Assam, a cultural gem. Our Assamese teacher passionately guided our junior students in mastering the Bamboo dance, adding an authentic touch to their performance. The next captivating segment combined various traditional dances from different regions of India.
A Thought-Provoking Drama
The night also highlighted a spectacular 15-minute Dasavatharam show, as we contributed a thought-provoking drama on the social theme 'The Last Avatar Kalki,' demonstrating the collaborative script writing efforts of both faculty and us.
As senior students we, performed this drama on the tenth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, known as Kalki. In our portrayal, we aimed to shed light on the current affairs and scenarios that could lead to Lord Vishnu taking his tenth incarnation in this world.
Addressing Societal Issues
Our presentation touched upon various societal issues, illustrating how disrespect towards elders, water pollution and destruction, parents acting as inappropriate role models for their children, financial crises leading to bankruptcy, and the creation of destructive viruses are some of the problems plaguing our world. We wanted to convey the idea that these issues might prompt Lord Vishnu to take the form of Kalki to restore balance and harmony.
The storyline of our role play commenced with a captivating Dashavatara dance performed by our talented grade 6 junior students. The main narrative featured two protagonists who, feeling disheartened by the problems in the world, sought to address them.
As they dive deeper into the issues, they conceived a plan to uplift an ordinary person into a prominent figure capable of influencing others. This person was turned into a wise predictor, and a Panchayat (village council) was organized where people earnestly believed and followed his guidance.
Through our performance, we aimed to highlight the urgency of addressing these societal issues and collectively working towards a better world.
A Powerful Message
Our drama concluded with the poignant quote: "உள்ளிருந்த உடைந்தால் ஐனனம், வெளியிறுந்து உடைத்தால் மரணம்". Thus, delivering a powerful message about the importance of changing ourselves from within.
This quote served as a powerful reminder of the consequences of our actions. In today's world, this resonates strongly as people often act out of fear rather than genuine, positive inner transformation. This added to the event's richness and was appreciated by all.
Kalarang celebrated a diverse range of cultural expressions, embodying our school's commitment to nurturing creativity and meaningful storytelling. Each act was a unique brushstroke on the canvas of the evening, reflecting our artistic ability as students.
Light Dance Extravaganza
A highlight of the night was the mesmerizing light dance, as we danced adorned in unique Light emanating dresses. The visual spectacle, accompanied by beautiful notes as we sang, created a magical ambiance under the starry night sky.
The event concluded on a patriotic note with us singing the national anthem. Our school’s head girl, then delivered a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all contributors who made Kalarang 2024 a resounding success.
The overwhelming, house-full audience emphasized the unwavering parental support at every step of our Agastya's journey. Kalarang 2024 was more than just a cultural event; it was a celebration of our talent, collaboration, and the indomitable spirit of the Agastya Academy community. The performances showcased the vibrant culture of our school and left an indelible mark on everyone present.