21st June 2020, saw an interesting celebration of two landmark days- International Yoga Day and World Music Day by Delhi School of Excellence, Attapur. A remote special assembly was arranged for the entire school for the twin celebration and it was graced by the virtual presence of our Chairman Sri P Madhusudan Rao sir, Secretary Ms. Rama maam, Administrator Ms. Reshmi maam, Academic Director Ms Shashi maam, Principal Mr Augustine Thomas, Vice Principal Ms Bharti P, Headmistress Ms M.Lakshmi Gowri, Coordinators, Staff and parents.
The year 2020 will go down in history as an year that brought the world to a standstill. Fear, panic, frustration, grief, anger, anxiety, agitation, were a few emotions that reigned supreme. People are battling physical, emotional and mental traumas. So how do they stay calm? Music and Yoga seemed to be the most sought after panacea to combat this situation.
Music can have a profound effect on both emotions and body. It can quieten your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management.
Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of body and mind; thought and action, harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well being.
After a short introduction on the dual celebrations by Gayathri Vikram of grade X, the special assembly began by invoking the divine benediction followed by a musical tribute in the form of an array of videos showcasing the vocal and instrumental talents of students, to commemorate the World Music Day.
Suryanamaskar or the ultimate asana performed by the students commenced the Yoga day celebration. Transformative impact of yoga is the theme of International Yoga Day-2020. A talk on the theme was delivered by Richa Mishra of grade X emphasising that yoga can help one discover one’s inner self.
Parents of DSE have always been an integral part of all our endeavours. This celebration saw parents across grades contributing videos of the families performing yoga asanas proving that, families that do yoga together stay healthy together. Our PM has also insisted on ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’ this year owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
As yoga is an art form, it can be a perfect blend of multi-disciplinary artistic expression. An amalgamation of yoga, dance and art was a visual treat to watch performed by the classical dance teacher Mr Kranthi and the art teacher Mr Bhanu Prakash. In the light of the recent tragic events, a talk on the therapeutic benefit of yoga to curb depression was emphatically delivered by Nakshatra Jaiswal of grade X. A few students of grades V to X demonstrated various asanas under the tutelage of the PEd. department headed by Mr Sudhakar, for which virtual practice sessions had been going on since the past week.
And then came the surprise element of the celebration, a sheer delight, inspiring everyone – A yoga performance by none other than our Academic Director Ms Shashikala showcasing many complicated asanas with ease and agility.
The special assembly concluded with a message by the Principal Mr Augustine Thomas accentuating the importance of both yoga and music that help us to combat stress and anxiety. He also appreciated the efforts of the PEd Dept, students and parents for their enthusiastic participation in the event. The national anthem was a fitting finale to the event.