The Kannada students and teachers of the school began to plan and talk excitedly in the
last weeks of October. The Rajyotsava program was coming up, and a lot of things
needed to be done. The music and dance teachers were a vital part of all the planning.
Students who watched the final program on the third of November saw why.
After the run trough’s, all the participants were confident. The compearing, done by
Anvita and myself, was in Kannada and English for the benefit of the non Kannada
speaking audience. The tiny tots of classes one and two were the first to watch our
program. They were a truly enthusiastic audience.
As the seniors began to file in after lunch break, the excitement began to build up. Our
principal arrived. The ceremonial lamp was lit after a melodious invocation, giving an
auspicious beginning to the festivities. All performers were dressed in traditional clothes.
The girls wore half sarees, while the boys wore dhotis or kurtas. After being welcomed
by Manaswini, students were enlightened by Prithvi on the significance of Kannada
Rajyotsava, the day on which Karnataka became an independent state. The next person
on stage was Smitha, whose beautiful rendering of a bhava geethe written by Dr. G.S.
Shivarudrappa was praised by all.
The highlight of the day's program was the skit. The students of class nine put together a
five minute drama depicting the story of Onake Obavva, a martyr, so well that I had tears
in my eyes at the end. The zeal with which the soldiers fought and the ferocity with
which Obavva killed the enemy was breath
A group song in honour of our homeland
Karnataka and a Bharatanatyam performance
gave the event the ethnic touch. There was a
tribal dance which set our feet tapping. The tiny
tots from classes one to four blew the roof down
with their extraordinary dancing. Their costumes
consisted of ethnic wear from different parts of
Karnataka. The program concluded with the