26 students of our school participated in a Musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Inter-Faith Prayer Meet organised on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Father of the Nation, on the evening of Thursday, 30th January, 2020 at Gandhi Smriti, Delhi. Our students had the honour of being part of the choir of 300 students drawn from various parts of the country. Gandhi Smriti is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. It is the location where Gandhiji spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated on 30th January 1948.
The programme commenced with a rendition of ‘Ekadash Vart’ (Ahimsa, Satya Astey). The second presentation was a bhajan (Om tatsat shri narayan tu), followed by a Sanskrit ‘bhajan’, Aadi Pujit, a song for humanity (Manav sae hum namrata ki aasha kerte hain) and the very famous, old movie song (Dedi hume aazadi bina kadag bina dhal,,,,Sabarmati ki sant tune kar diya kamaal). The final song presented was ‘Jo samar me ho gaya amar, hum unki yaad mein’.
After the presentation of the school children, there was an inter-faith prayer session, with prayers from different faiths, which included a Buddhist Prayer (Japanese), Buddhist Prayer (Tibetan), readings from the Holy Bible, a Zoroastrian Prayer, Bahai Prayer, Prayer from Judaism, reading from the Holy Quran, reading from the ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, Prayer from Jainism, Shabad Kirtan, and a reading from the ‘Bhagwad Gita’.
The prayer session drawn from eleven faiths was followed by ‘Bhakti Sangeet’ and ‘Ram Dhun’ presented by the renowned singer, ‘Sangeet Martand’ Padma Vibhushan, Pandit Jasraj.
The august gathering that attended the programme included the Hon’ble Vice President, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers, diplomats and people from different sections of the society, who had gathered there to pay rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.