“Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.”
– A.P.J Abdul Kalam
The Flag Hoisting Ceremony
On the 73rd Independence Day, IMT Hyderabad woke up to see the entire campus decorated with flags, students dressed up in ethnic attire and the entire crowd in the highest of spirits. Dr. Sriharsha Reddy (Dean Academics) hoisted the national flag in front of the Shri. Mahendra Nath statue which was followed by the singing of the national Anthem by all the students and staff.
The Dean further addressed us on how, together, we can strive and free this country from economic poverty, ecological neglect and social disharmony. He also stressed on how the freedom of the nation feels incomplete until we bring about ecological sustainability by adding social and economic value.
He further congratulated team Antragna for taking the initiative to organize all the events for the day. This was followed by the distribution of sweets among the students and we were then asked to move to the Amphitheatre to witness a cultural extravaganza organized by Antragna.
“One individual may die for an idea but that idea will live on after his death and incarnate itself in a thousand lives."
-Netaji Subash Chandra Bose
The notion of an ‘Independent India’ and the heroes who had contested to make this notion real were commemorated in grandeur by the students of IMT Hyderabad.
The performing teams thematically showcased their talents through performances revolving around the core theme of patriarchy.
Inaugurating the performance were two classical dancers who put on a serene display of our traditional dance form, Bharatanatyam, which gave the audience a pleasant start to the amazing show still awaiting them.
Trailing next was the enthralling performance by the dance team of IMT Hyderabad, Dhanak. Their exciting performance which showcased both cultural and modern forms of dance was a wonderful spectacle that received a thunderous applause from the audience.
Going ahead was the rejuvenating performance by the singing team of IMT Hyderabad, Dhwani. Their performance brought that spark into the audience to and had everyone's feet tapping to the beats that they had in store. This joyful segment had was a crowd pleaser with their interactive chant towards the end of their performance leaving the audience chanting “Aazaadi!”.
After a blissful Telegu song by a member of the staff, the showstopper act by the drama club of IMT Hyderabad, Navrang kept everyone enticed and stuck to their seats with their emotional rollercoaster of a performance which reminded everyone the reason for such a memorable celebration.
Keeping the patriotic spirits high, as a tradition of IMT Hyderabad, a speech by Mr. Shashank Raipuri, the youngest person from the batch of 2019-2021 touched the souls of the audience and reinforced the true meaning of patriarchy into each of their hearts.
In conclusion, the overall sentiment of the day can be summed up as:
“We celebrate the bravery of our fathers and their gift of freedom. Long may our flag wave.”
-The students of IMT-Hyderabad
About the author,
Abrar Khan, Pareidolia Blogger, Class of 2019-21