People From God’s Land Visited the Paradise on Earth.
DPS Budgam organised a ‘Cultural Exchange Programme’ in collaboration with St. Gregorious Senior Secondary School, Kerala. Cultural exchange programmes are for connecting, enriching and empowering the global community. Such programmes allow students to interact with and learn from people who are different from themselves and to participate in new and distinctive experiences beyond their own communities. Forty students accompanied by teachers and Manager St. Gregorious Senior Secondary School Kerala visited DPS Budgam on 19th October 2022 for a Cultural Exchange Programme. The event was presided by Mr. Syed Humayun Qaiser, former Director Radio Kashmir while as Ms Shobhna Sirohi, Principal DPS Budgam, Mr. Mudasir Ahmad Mir, Manager DPS Budgam and Mr. John Abraham, Manager St. Gregorious Senior Secondary School graced the occasion with their benign presence.
The esteemed guests were welcomed with the traditional Isbandh ceremony. The event included bonanza of cultural performances from students of both the schools. Students of both the schools presented a glimpse of their culture through songs and many other mesmerizing performances. The students of DPS Budgam presented Kashmiri folk song followed by Ladishah (humorous folk singing), Documentary based on Kashmir, Rouf (Kashmiri folk dance) and Wanwoon (Kashmiri songs sung at the occasion of marriages). The students from the guest School presented Vallamkali (a boatman’s song) and Thiruvathira ( a Bharat Natiyam dance). The students from both the schools also spoke about some informative and interesting facts about their culture. The blend was beautiful and added a cultural flavour to the event.
Ms. Shobhna Sirohi Principal DPS Budgam encouraged the students to take maximum advantage of such amazing exposures to the other cultures. She further stated that an exchange of culture changes the person. The thinking and interpretation of the entire world alters and reshapes itself positively in the eyes and mind of the young learners. Mr. John Abraham talked about hospitality, beauty and the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir. Mr. Abraham said that such ventures broaden the horizon, thereby, opening frontiers, hither to unknown to the students. Mr. Syed Humayun Qaiser appreciated the efforts of both the schools for putting up such a wonderful Cultural Exchange Programme. Mr. Qaiser encouraged the School to organise such programmes in future also as it will help the children to explore the outside world by providing them opportunities for various educational and cultural exchange programmes.
The programme was complemented with a formal vote of thanks by the Principal DPS Budgam and a token of love was presented to the guests celebrating moments of cherished memories and lasting friendship between the two schools.