Students take their parents on a flight of fancy, highlight diversity of cultures worldwide
Underscore the need for tolerance and love to promote peace
Highlighting the great gulf separating the turbulent real and the peaceful phantasmal world, and the need to undertake measures to bridge the same, students of classes I and II resorted to histrionics to urge the masses to quell hatred and follow the path of tolerance, love and kindness to spread peace all around.
The event was the Annual Theatre Festival of Spring Dale Senior School, the venue the school grounds. True to the imaginative spirit of the play, the school premises was converted into a wonderland by placing artistically-made props, created by the Creative Arts Department of the school, all over the venue to grant it the semblance of a fantasy world. Titled ‘Odyssey – Flight Of Fancy …’, the play begins with a marching scene accompanied by a narration on the need and desire to dream and to turn those dreams into reality.
Taking the audience to different countries on a flight of fantasy, students highlight the diversity of cultures around the world, removing the layers of veneer of a mere expression of happiness of the people belonging to these mores simultaneously, through an allusion to growing intolerance and resultant hatred for people from different backgrounds, and the need to promote the feeling of humanity and a culture of caring and sharing to make the world a better place to live.
Talking about the show, Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that the event aimed at sending out an appeal to preserve peace and harmony, which were the two greatest virtues that were fast dwindling in the present times and required advocates to preserve and promote them, by imbibing virtues like tolerance, love and brotherhood. “The play also afforded our students with a chance to get acquainted with the cultures of various countries in the world and the message of humanity that they convey,” he said.
Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, Chairman, Spring Dale Educational Society, said that considering its long-term association with the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan, through initiatives like the Annual Saanjh: Amritsar-Lahore Festival, the institution had become synonymous with peace. “We stand for peace and reiterate our commitment to continue working for its promotion even in the years to come,” they said.
Spring Dale Senior School