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Jaipur's girls' school celebrates Independence Day solemnly with recitation, elocution, collective singing and musical PT exercises
Balika Adarsh Vidya Mandir at Jai Jawan Colony of Jaipur celebrated the 71st Independence Day without dances on filmy songs and restricted the function to solemnity and grace pertinent to the national holiday by emphasising on poetry recitation, elocution, collective singing and musical PT exercises based on patriotic themes and national pride.

It seemed that the school made use of Independence Day as theme for curricular linkage and sharpening the communicative skills of children rather than putting up the fanciful cultural show with glamorous dances with the help of hired choreographers to entertain the guests on the occasion, which is becoming a trend in most schools.

The inclusion of appropriate and relevant poetry at the Independence Day function allows the participating students to express feelings to listeners and it improves their self-expression by connecting words and emotions through change of tone to convey a message to the heart of the audience, it was justified.

Two kinds of poetry rendering were done at the function. First, poetry with gestures and tonal quality, and secondly, collective poetry recitation by a group of students as a background rendering and enactment of actions by other set of students who were coming on the stage either individually or in pairs successively.

Group singing was done by students in white dresses either standing or sitting with simple head swinging and tapping. In the background, rhythmic percussion instruments like drum or dholak and cymbals were played.

The PT display was done with live singing by a group of students while rest of the students performing exercises and doing dynamic yoga.

The school holds that reciting poetry and listening to it on national festivals helps to remember new words and messages since the rhythmic structure helps to create a known context to new and unknown words. An additional bonus for practicing and rendering poetry recitations on such occasion is the gain in public speaking skills.

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