The 2nd edition of the Dance Drama Festival 2023 ‘Nritya Gatha’ jointly organised by G. L. Mehta Foundation and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata, was held from November 3 to 5, 2023, at G.D. Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata.
The Dance Drama Festival was a bouquet of a variety of classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi and Kathakali along with Uday Shankar dance forms, ‘Nava Nritya’ and ‘Marga Natya’.
For all the three days, the packed hall and the frequent rounds of applause were ample proof of the success of the programmes.
Every year, September 16 is observed as World Ozone Day all over the globe. The theme for World Ozone Day 2023 is “Montreal Protocol: fixing the ozone layer and reducing climate change”. And in order to be a part of this vital environmental issue, fourteen BGKV students of Class-X, went to Paribesh Bhavan to attend a popular lecture on the same organised by the Pollution Control Board. It paid emphasis on the various initiatives that the countries can take in order to fix the ozone layer.
In order to pay homage to the spirit of valour and sacrifice of our national heroes the students, teachers, and staff of Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir (BGKV) started their day by taking the “Panch Pran Pledge” in the morning assembly. This was followed by the “Mitti Anthem” created by the Ministry of Culture of India.
The students paid a tribute to the National heroes through various activities like singing patriotic songs, the narration of poems, essay writings and paintings. In order to commemorate and express a heartfelt gratitude towards the many unsung National and Local Heroes of our nation, young saplings were planted around the school field by the dignitaries of the school.
Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir (BGKV), Kolkata, observed the Mental Health Week from October 4-10, 2023, under ‘Manodarpan’, an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Government of India. During the week-long observance, the school had arranged for Workshops on ‘Life Skills and Sexual Wellness’ for the students of Std. 9 and 11. Apart from this, a nukkad natak (street play) that showed how ‘Helping Hands’ can play a crucial role in our lives, was enacted in classes 6 and 7. Gardening, nature walk, games, dance and music activities were undertaken by students of keeping in mind the necessity of taking care of Mother Earth. Yoga and mindfulness activities were practised in all classes to cultivate self-regulation.
A short film contest was organised by Vinisha on September 12, 2023, at Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, Salt Lake. The theme of the contest was ‘Beat Plastic Pollution Solution’.
This contest of film-making was conducted all over India, where the students of BGKV, Kolkata, too had actively participated. The screening of the film took place in the auditorium of the school. Among the 25 schools that took part in this contest, BGKV (Kolkata) secured the third position. The school had a total of seven students for the contest, six students from the senior and senior secondary section and a child artist from Std. 2 who had received a cash prize of 2000 for standing third in the contest.
The Computer Science Department of Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir organised a workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on August 5, 2023, in the school auditorium. The workshop was for the teaching faculty of both the primary and secondary sections. The two speakers of the workshop, Shri Maitraditya Chattopadhyay (Faculty, BGKV) and Shri Abhi Roy (Faculty, BGKV) talked about the application of AI in the teaching-learning process.
Mr. Chattopadhyay specified which software may work best for which subject. Software like Babbel, Grammarly, and a few others were discussed in brief. Mr. Roy showed how with the help of AI, assessments of students can be adaptive and customised in accordance with the learning style, pace, and performance of the student. The workshop ended on the note that AI can be a wonderful teaching aid but never a replacement for teachers.
Mahadevi Birla World Academy organised their annual fest ‘Shabd’ from August 16-18, 2023. Students of Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir participated in two of the events of that fest. On August 16, two students of BGKV— Shounak Maji of Class 10 and Oishani Das of Class 11—took part in an event called Plurilogues, an inter-school debate competition that had three rounds. Four schools were selected in the semi-finals. The BGKV team (Shounak Maji and Oishani Das) secured the first position in the debate competition. They were awarded the trophy for the Best Team.
On the second day of the fest, two students of BGKV (Kolkata)— Anandaroop Ghosh and Arkodeb Datta of Class 10 —took part in the event called Kolkata 333, an inter-school quiz competition. They were adjudged the Best Team, receiving the Best Team trophy. Each received a participation certificate and the Best Team certificate. Anandaroop received the Best Quizzard certificate as well.
Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir (BGKV) celebrated this year’s Teachers’ Day in a very special way. An official photo session for all the teaching and non-teaching staff was held in the morning, followed by a brief cultural programme. Everyone in the Bhavan’s family was touched as the honourable deputy director, Smt. Sujata Ghosh, gifted handmade cards to the primary, secondary and management wings. Director Shri G. V. Subramanian then addressed the gathering, which was followed by the felicitation of the principal, Shri Arun Kumar Dasgupta, on the completion of his thirty years of service in the institution.
Smt. Tara Pradhan from the primary section was felicitated for completing twenty years in BGKV. Smt. Nila Das, who won the Shining Star Employee Award from The Telegraph Education Foundation, was also felicitated. The day ended with a splendid performance by DOHAR.
Kolkata International Dance Festival and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata together organised a non-stop Indian Classical Relay Dance performance for 32.13 hours at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Salt Lake Auditorium with 1467 artistes performing items from the various classical dance forms, including Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Sattriya and Kathakali.
There were 107 group performances and the rest were individual performances. It started at 11 am on Saturday, September 23, 2023 and ended in the evening of Sunday, September 24, 2023, with the dancers performing through the night.
It was a long-held dream of dancer Shri Sandipan Mondal to conduct such an event. With the support of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata, the Dance Marathon was made possible and a world record was created, the certificate for which is awaited.
Kolkata Kendra has opened a branch of Kala Kendra in a rural town called Labpur, Birbhum district. In this Kala Kendra, Folk-style Dance and Music and village-type Dramas will be taught, mainly catering to students of the tribal population living in and around the area. The intention is to bring up hidden talents and strengthen the art forms which are in a dying state. On the inaugural day, 47 students enrolled. This unit is self-sustained (at no cost to Bhavan) and will be a social service to protect Indian Culture.
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