The annual IHS Piano Recital was held on the 1st of April. The repertoire presented by the piano students was the culmination of a month of intense training and practice.
The program began with Johann Burgmuller’s “L’Arabesque”, which is a part of his Op. 100, followed by “Ol’ Rockin’ Chair Blues”, a contemporary piece written by Martha Mier. The Baroque era was represented by JS Bach’s Gavotte in D, which is a medium-paced French dance.
The next piece was “Hungarian Dance No 5” arranged as a piano solo. This piece was written by Johannes Brahms, one of the Romantic period’s most revered and popular composers. This was followed by “Spring Song” from Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs without Words”. The last piece from the Romantic era was “Moment Musical” written by Franz Schubert, an Austrian composer.
Next was “Ombre”, a contemporary piano piece written by Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi. The last solo performance of the evening was Heinrich Lichner’s “Gypsy Dance”.
The final section of the night’s performance began with Paganini’s “La Campanella” transcribed into a piano trio, performed by three pianists on one piano. The program ended with “Jazz Walk”, a piano duet written by Martha Mier.
This term we tried a fresh new presentation for the term-end art exhibit. Applying a jungle theme, we scattered our open spaces with logs on which we showcased the Junior School’s mixed-up paper mache animals. Also on display from the Junior School were playful puppets, camouflage chameleons and xxx.
Middle school studied the famous Austrian Artist Gustav Klimt and created paintings inspired by his style and symbolist approach. They were also introduced to relief clay sculpture.
The 8th graders presented their coconut shell masks inspired by the Cheriyal masks of Andhra Pradesh. They also engaged in a design process where they chose works from famous artists, simplified them and composed their own individual abstract piece.
MS Art Club and TED Illustration, Jewelry Design, Photography and Patchwork work were also on display.
Over all the exhibition was fun-filled, colourful, and fresh.
On the 24th of March, Vajra, the new sports stadium was inaugurated by Sadhguru. As he lit a cauldron with the sports day torch, a subset of students burst out in a fusion piece weaving lyrics and elements from K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” and rhythms and stylistic elements from Dangal’s Rajasthani folk-inspired pieces. Soon the gates of the stadium were open! Sadhguru played short matches of table tennis, volleyball and badminton with the school’s reigning champions, before addressing the eager crowd. The senior students stayed back for a Q & A with the founder. Overall, the inauguration was a wonderful experience. The students are very excited about using the stadium next term!
In keeping with the tradition of the annual Farewell, the class 9 and 11 students planned an evening for their outgoing seniors. They kicked off the event with a series of team games in the sports ground. The seniors were given time to freshen up before assembling in the Gnana Shala gardens for a special dinner, an entertaining variety program and dancing. Students then assembled in Tarana for a tribute and slideshow. The planning and preparation took unexpected twists and turns, but in the end it turned out to be a memorable and engaging event.
Class 8 students went on a 10-day trip to Mumbai, Hampi and Aurangabad. In Mumbai, the students enjoyed the Juhu beach and street food, visited the Gateway of India, and they participated in few workshops hosted by the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. They explored the magnificent ruins at Hampi, visited a cottage industry and savoured the local flavours, as well as enjoyed the cuisine at the famed Mango Tree Restaurant. In Aurangabad they explored the legendary Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Bibi ka Maqbara, Panchakki and the Daulatabad Fort.