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  • Mindspree 2017 - Inter School Singing Competition

    “After silence, that comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is Music”. Music binds soul, heart and emotions. It gives wings to the mind, flight to imagination, charm to sadness and gaiety to life. The young participants, on the 3rd day of our Academic and Creative festival – Mindspree at St. Jude’s, once again raised the bar high by putting up an outstanding Inter-School Singing Competition. The followings seven schools of Doon Valley participated in the event with zeal and enthusiasm: 1. Ann Mary School 2. Doon Blossoms 3. Raja Rammohon Roy Academy 4. Shri Ram Centennial School 5. St. Thomas’ College 6. St. Xavier School 7. St. Jude’s School The Chief Guest on the occasion was Mr. D’ Monte, Principal, Shri Ram Centennial School. The occasion was graced by the esteemed presence of Mr. R.V. Gardner, Principal, St. Thomas’ College, Mrs. V.R. Gardner, Principal St. Jude’s School, Mr. W. Gardner, Ex Principal, Laidlaw Memorial School, Ketti, Ms. Michelle Gardner, Vice Principal St. Jude’s School and other esteemed guests The contest was adjudged by Mr. Hemant Nawani from Unison World School, Mr. V. March from Col. Brown School and Ms. Ragini. The programme commenced with the elegant and graceful movements of the St. Jude’s troupe worshipping Lord Ganesha - The God of good luck and prosperity. It was indeed a prologue to a mesmerising heavenly morning. The rhythm and the beats of the English solo, Hind numbers in Duet Category and Group English bands resonated around the campus and the response of the audience was overwhelming. The Solo performances like ‘Thinking out loud’, ‘Like I am going to lose you’, ‘Roar’, ‘How far I’ll go’ etc showcased the incredible musical talent of the students, as well as gave students the opportunity to experience a vast array of musical talent.   Joyce Lunglang from St. Xavier School soothed stood first, closely followed by Atrija Roy of Raja Rammohan Roy School, and Shreya Mishra of Doon Blossoms School bagged the 3rd position. In the Duet Singing Category, Hindi Bollywood music reverberated with melodious songs like Sajda, Bulleya, Bhare Naina.....They did indeed lift the spirits of both the singers and the audience for whom they performed. Anukalp Badola and Shraddha Rawat were adjudged the winners in the Duet Category. Kushagra Keshav and Neha Bisht of St. Jude’s School came Second and Astha Dhiman of and Ayushi David of St. Xavier School stood third. A range of songs were performed in the Group singing category including songs by Dolly Parton, Matt Redman, Adele, Walt Disney. The participants showcased a perfect blend of harmony and rhythm in their singing and generated an aura of immense delight and appreciation in the Jonty Auditorium. The participants were judged on three aspects presentation, harmony and vocals. In the Group Singing Category St. Xavier School secured the first place. St. Thomas’ School grabbed the second position and St. Jude’s School stood third. St. Xavier School was awarded the overall Winners Trophy of Singing Competition and Runners Trophy was won by St. Thomas’ College. The enactment and dances added glitter to the songs. The programme ended with a well synchronised ‘Lavani’ which enthralled the audience and set their feet tapping. Joy and exuberance writ large on the faces of everyone present. The Chief Guest, in his address stated that life is learning process. Winning and losing in a competition is definitely an important part but what is more important is participation, it enhances our learning and it can’t be confined. A Vote of Thanks was proposed by the Principal, St. Jude’s School Mrs. V.R. Gardner of the host School. Ma’am opined that music transcends the limits of time and space and contributes to the promotion of culture through its myriad genres. Congratulations to all students who took part in this year’s Inter School Singing Competition. We look forward to more Schools participating in this wonderful event next year.

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