A colourful cultural programme marked the Children’s Day celebrations organised by the Jingle Kids Pre School at Tirupati Balaji Temple Auditorium at Betkuchi Guwahati on Tuesday morning. The highlight of the day’s programme was a unique fancy dress competition in which more than 100 tiny tots appeared on the stage in the garb of a national leader and disseminated their message to the audience present on the occasion.
Welcoming the parents and other guests who had filled up the auditorium to the brim, Dr Devajit Mahanta, Principal, Jingle Kids, said, “Children’s Day coincides with the birthday of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru’s love and affection for children is well known. We in Jingle Kids follow the same principle and there is no miserliness when it comes to love and affection for the children.” Mahanta explained, even though the programme is titled “competition”, the competition element is secondary here. The main objective of the programme, according to him, was to inculcate the spirit of patriotism in the first place and secondly, to enable the children get rid of their fear of the stage.
Veteran film and stage actor Chetana Das, who headed the panel of judges for the competition, recollected rich memories of her childhood that was spread across the length and breadth of Assam to the delight of the audience. Nurul Laskar, Director (CC) USTM, the other member of the jury, expressed his feeling of appreciation for the high standard of the event in which he said, “Every child was a winner.”
The top prizes of fancy dress went to Aastha Deka (play group) as Rani Laxmi Bai, Lolakshi JR Behera (nursery) as Rani Laxmi Bai, Umang Sarma (LKG) as Mahatma Gandhi, Sharvani Bharali (UKG) as Kanaklata and Anuradha Saha (Nursery) as Subash Bose. Diti Devi, Supriya Deka, Sazia Shaheen, and Shrabani Roy, teachers of Jingle Kids, managed the show in an aesthetic and professional manner.