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CULTURAL
Tarang Padma Award 2016
Dance Teacher Nilesh Parikh has been awarded the 'Tarang Padma 2016' by the Takshshila Nritya Kala Mandir, a Mumbai-based dance academy devoted to promoting classical dance forms. He was among selected classical dance exponents (Bharat Natyam in his case) to be felicitated with the award at the Tarang Utsav, a classical dance and music Festival organised in Thane that featured eminent performers from all over India.

All India Colouring & Handwriting Competition 2016
Vidyani artists, VandanThakar (I C), Trisha Patel (I D), Tithi Nayak (V D) and Priyam Duggad (XI Sc.) won Gold Medals while Khushi Shah (VI A) received a Silver Medal in their categories in the 'Colouring' segment of this National Level competition. The event was organized by Rainbow Art Centre, Bhavnagar, an organization devoted to promoting an aesthetic sensibility in young children, and was judged by a panel of renowned artists and art teachers.
  L to R : VandanThakar , Trisha Patel , Tithi Nayak, Priyam Duggad, Khushi Shah

Rangotsav Celebration 2016-17

Sanvi Patel (II C) was awarded a Colour Set and Aarchi Patel (VI A) received a Handwriting Set for winning the 3rd position at this National Level Colouring, Handwriting and Collage Competition. Sanvi and Aarchi competed with participants from more than 24 states to emerge as winners in the Colouring and Handwriting segments respectively!

Art Merit Awards were also won by Rudransh Patel (I D), Yasvi Patel (II D), Khushi Shah and Kashish Desai (VI A), Aishwari Amin (X A) in the Colouring and Rohan Shah (V C) in the Handwriting segments.

The event was organized by Rangotsav Sanstha, Mumbai, an art centre that aims to develop the artistic and creative potential in children by providing a platform where they can express their thoughts through art.

Sanvi Patel                Aarchi Patel
Rudransh Patel, Yashvi Patel, Khushi Shah
Kashish Desai, Aishwari Amin, Rohan Shah

Not brushing aside the brush ...
Stuti Dholakia of Grade 11 is one of the 100 winners in Annual Art Olympiad Competition. She has been invited to attend a sponsored workshop at the prestigious JJ Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai on the 27 and 28 of May.

An award ceremony will be hosted for these winners and their artwork will be put on display. A special mentorship workshop will be conducted for them by senior faculty members of various reputed art colleges, artists and gallery owners.

Indeed a wonderful job done by Stuti enabling her to get such a unique exposure.

   
Navrachana Vidyani claims Champions status at the International Cultural Olympiad
 
Team Vidyani, representing Gujarat, won the ‘Overall Championship Trophy’ amongst a field of 51 teams from schools across India as well as from Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh at the ‘CELESTA 2016-11th International Youth Festival of Music and Culture’, organised by City Montessori School (Lucknow) from September 9-11.The group of 8 young performers from Navrachana Vidyani displayed their preeminence in diverse events by securing the 1st position in Choreography, 2ndin Choir singing, First Consolation prize in Traditional Folk Dance and Second Consolation prize in Collage Making.  
   
 
 

TeamVidyani’s presentation of the Gujarati Folk Dance form of ‘Raas’ performed to ‘Hey Vaage Se Vaage Vanravan Morli Vaage Se’ accompanied by traditional props and costume, carried the scent of their home state to far-off Lucknow. No wonder many of the participants from other teams wanted to learn the steps and have their pictures taken with our star performers! Later, at the prize distribution ceremony, the entire hall had come alive and joined them in singing‘ Hey Lambo Daglo Mucho Vankdi Shire Paghdi Raati’ Bhavai geet. And that’s not all. On popular demand, the students also had to put on a repeat performance of the ‘Unity in Diversity’ theme-based dance for which the group had won the

 
   
  Choreography event. CELESTA-2016 thus concluded on a high note for Vidyanians with CMS Founder Jagdish Gandhi and other noted invitees giving away the Trophy and Certificates at the Closing Ceremony. Congratulations Mumuksha Dholakia-VIIIA, Dhun Navale- VIIIC, Roohani Mangrolia-VIIID, Prakruti Bhoya-IXA, Naisargi Soni-IXC, Stuti Dholakia & Kavisha Desai-XI Gen. and Kartik Desai-XI Sc. on a superb effort. You have really done your Families, School, Vadodara and even Gujarat proud!
   
International Seminar on "Indian Performing Arts: Theorization and Pedagogy"
 
Dance Teacher Nilesh Parekh presented his Research Paper on ‘Establishing a Balance between Performance and Theory in the Modern Curriculum’ at the International Seminar organised by the Faculty of Performing Arts in association with University Grants Commission (UGC) on March 29 and 30. The paper focused on theoretical tenets and their application into dance practice so that a deeper and more matured and perceptive level of performance can be realized by dancers in their recitals.  
   
Best Composer Award at Patriotic Group Song Competition
 
 

Organized by Bharat Vikas Parishad on August 6, the competition once again, like its previous edition, saw Navrachana Vidyani hitting a double whammy!

While Music Teacher Yogesh Rathod claimed the Best Composer’s Award this year too, the Senior Group won the 2nd and 3rd positions in the Sanskrit and Hindi segments respectively and the Junior Group the 2nd spot in the Hindi category.

(Senior Group – Prakruti Bhoya, Harshil Lala & Yash Duggad-IX A, Vidhatri Trivedi & Param Patel-IX C, Keya Shah & Ayush Patel-IX B, Kanjani Soni-IX D)

(Junior Group – Stuti Thakor-VI C, Shreeda Bhatt-VI A, Pavitra Mujumdar-VI B, Sanskriti Thakkar-VII C, Margi Prajapati-VIII C, Mumuksha Dholakia-VIII A, Simaran Kaur-VIII A and Tatsavi Chauhan-VIII C)

   
‘Expressions’ 2016
 
 
It was indeed a triumphant day on Aug 27 when Vidyanians won the 1st and 3rd positions respectively in the ‘Nritya Kala – The Dance Drama’ and ‘Word Wizard – The Spelling Bee’ segments of Nalanda International School's multi-event competition. The theme of the dance drama was 'Episodes from the life of Krishna' which our twinkle toed Vidyanians – Shivangi Dhodiya & Khushi Sukhwani (IXA), Vrushali Ranadive (IXC), Helly Shah & Anshi Gandhi (IXD) and Stuti Dholakia (XI Gen.)- depicted flawlessly to help Navrachana Vidyani claim the top spot amongst 8 schools. 'Word Wizard' Tithi Nayak (VD) too earned accolades as she pitted herself against spellers from 16 schools to secure the 3rdposition.
   
Inter-School Quiz Competition
 

Bharat Vikas Parishad is an NGO that is guided by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda and is dedicated to the socio-cultural development of the youth. Through the ‘Bharat Ko Jaano’ Quiz held on September 19, it aimed to acquaint students with Indian culture, tradition, history and geography and so the questions focused on testing their knowledge about the various facets of our nation.

It was a double celebration for Navrachana Vidyani as both the Senior (Darshit Desai-IX C, Smit Patel- X B and Sparsh Shah- IX D) as well as Junior (Rachel Agarwal-V A and Jhanvi Nagori-VII D) teams sailed through the various rounds to win the 1stand 2nd positions respectively.

   
45th International Child Art Competition
 
Talented artist, Poojan Kansara (VID), won a Gold Medal and a Certificate of Merit at the International Art Competition organized by Japan Arts. The Competition aims to offer a platform to young people with exceptional artistic skills to compete with other similarly talented children from across the world.  
   
Kalaa Spandan National Child Art Talent Award 2015
 
  Payal Moorjani (XB) won the 2ndposition in the Art Talent Competition organized by Indian Art Promoter. Her Kalaa Spandan Purple Award comprised a Gold Medal, a Certificate of Appreciation and a cash prize of Rs. 2000/.
   
Avantika International Essay, Colouring and Handwriting Competition 2016
 
 
This Cultural Olympiad was organized by ‘Avantika’, a group of contemporary artists and intellectuals, to identify and develop the artistic potential of promising students. A grand tally of 9 Gold Medals, 20 Silver Medals, 13 Bronze Medals,5 Appreciation Shields, 1 Saroj Gupta Shield and 1 Silver Jubilee Shield in different categories at this District Level competition reaffirmed that we have succeeded in creating a pool of talented youngsters possessing a fine aesthetic sensibility.
   
‘Bhav, Raag, Taal Contest -2016’
 
 
Tabla virtuoso Devarshi Pandya (X B) participated in the ten-day long National Level Drama, Dance and Music Festival organized by the Akhil Bhartiya Sanskrutik Sangh at Pune from May 21 to June 1. Devarshi won the Chairman Award and a Certificate of Commendation for his musical felicity in playing Tabla. Showcasing the cultural diversity of India, the mega cultural extravaganza witnessed the participation of about 6000 performers from 18 states!
   
Inter-School Western Music Band Competition
 
 
The School Band, 'Moksh, comprising 7 students (Parth Shah-XII Sc., Priyansh Shah &Arham Tinwala-XII Gen., Aadarsh Emmanuel-XI Gen., Shrey Shah-XD, Devesh Bhandari-XB and Vivek Mishra-VIIIB) claimed the Runners-up position in the 'Rock Fiesta ‘16' organised by Anand Vihar School on July 8. The theme of the Inter-School Fiesta was 'Freedom' and through music, our rock stars endeavored to spread the message of the need to rid oneself of negativity in any form.
   
Inter-School Solo Singing Competition
 
 


In thiscompetition organized by Zenith School on August 24, songster Priyansh Shah (XIIGen.) added one more feather to his already crowded musical cap by winning the 1st position in the Senior category.

Priyansh sang the title track of 'Sultan' to emerge as the winner in a field comprising 16 participating schools wherein use of a Karaoke track was also a must.

   
Art And Dance
  45th International Children's Art Exhibition (ICAE) 2015
 
ICAE, organized by Biiku Bunka Kyokai (Foundation for Art Education in Japan), endeavors to explore the vivid imagination of children between the ages of three to fifteen and gives them an opportunity to express their creativity through paintings, drawings and collages. This year, tens of thousands of entries from children representing countries from around the world were submitted for judging. A distinguished panel of judges in Tokyo, including art professors and teachers from participating countries, judged the artwork on the basis of originality, clearly expressed content and cultural expression.

In the competition, Dhruv Chandarana (I A) won a Gold Medal and a Certificate in recognition of "the high standard of his work and its contribution to international friendship". He was awarded by Mr. Masaru Wada, President, Pentel Co. Ltd, a Japanese company manufacturing stationery products and the official sponsors of ICAE.
 
   
Open Baroda Art Competition
 
 
 

Organised by Bal Bhavan Society Vadodara, the Inter-School competition saw two Vidyani artists, Yesha Tailor (VII A) and Khushi Shah (V A), clinch the 1st and 2nd positions respectively.

The themes were announced on the spot itself and Yesha's and Khushi's interpretation of their allotted topic, 'Traffic Jam', won them Certificates of Appreciation and a variety of art material by way of their prizes.

   
Bal Urja Rakshak Dal (BURD) Programme 2015-16 The
 

The Community Science Centre Vadodara has been actively engaged in creating a scientific temperament among children through many programmes. One such initiative is its ongoing involvement in Gujarat Energy Development Agency's BURD Programme. This year, BURD activities included a Poster Competition for students of Classes V to VIII on the theme of 'Energy Saving is Environmental Protection'.

Aarchi Patel (VA) won the 1st position and received a cash award of Rs. 5000/- and a Certificate in appreciation of the aesthetic appeal and thematic relevance of her poster.

 
   
5th Cultural Olympiad of Performing Arts
 
 

Organised by the Global Council of Art and Culture at Bangkok (Thailand), the Olympiad was held for different styles viz. Repertory, Ethnic and Freestyle in Vocal, Instrumental and Dance categories. From this year onwards, along with Solo and Group types, Duet and Trio leagues were also included for the International Level events.

Pranjal Majmudar (X B) was awarded a Gold Medal for winning the Trio Classical Kathak Dance (Repertory Style) competition in the Senior category.

Congratulations Pranjal on your award winning performance!

   
'Sapatam Nrutya Ratna Award'
 

The Community Science Centre Vadodara has been actively engaged in creating a scientific temperament among children through many programmes. One such initiative is its ongoing involvement in Gujarat Energy Development Agency's BURD Programme. This year, BURD activities included a Poster Competition for students of Classes V to VIII on the theme of 'Energy Saving is Environmental Protection'.

Aarchi Patel (VA) won the 1st position and received a cash award of Rs. 5000/- and a Certificate in appreciation of the aesthetic appeal and thematic relevance of her poster.

 
   
5th All India Art Competition 2015
 

The Maruti Art Academy, based in Bhavnagar, aims to offer children the opportunity to learn and progress in the visual arts, thereby nurturing their artistic and creative potential.

Certificates of Appreciation were given to Principal, Rekha Mishra and Art Teacher, PratibhaMacwan in view of the commendable performance of Vidyani students in clinching 25 Gold and 16 Silver Medals across different categories.

Inter-School Group Action Song Competition
 

Organised by Society for Clean Environment (SOCLEEN), an NGO that addresses important environmental issues, the theme for the Group Action Song Competition was "Clean House, Clean Street/Society and Clean Vadodara – What can we do?"

Team Vidyani got the 2nd position in the event that witnessed the participation of 19 schools in all.

Singers
 

YashDuggad&HarshilLala (VIII A), Vidhatri Trivedi &Devanshi Shah (VIII C), Devesh Bhandari &Tapan Patel (IX A) and Kevalya Pathak (IX C).

Dancers
  KrimaChokshi (IX A), Jainisha Gandhi &Shailee Desai (IX B), Khushi Rao (IX C) and Himani Sharma, Prarthana Merchant, Khushi Shah &Chesha Mehta (IX D).
 
 
Pre-Independence Day cultural programme
 

The Vidyani Band comprising students from classes VIII to XII performed on August 14, 2015, at the Pre-Independence Day celebration jointly organized by the Vadodara MahanagarSevaSadan (VMSS), Nagar PrathamikShikshanSamiti and Vadodara District Education Office at Sir Sayaji Nagar Gruh, Akota. The fusion element in the Vidyani performance was highly appreciated by everybody present there on the occasion.

The function was organised to inculcate the spirit of patriotism in school students and also to create awareness in them about the richness of Indian cultural heritage. Hon. Mayor Shri Bharatbhai Shah and Chief Guest, the Hon. MP Smt. Ranjanben Bhatt addressed the audience, reminding them about the role of youth in transforming the nation.

   
Rock Fiesta'15
  The School Band, 'Vidyani Stamps', captivated the audience with its melodious strains in the Inter School Western Music Band Competition – Rock Fiesta'15 – organised by AnandVidyaVihar to showcase students' creative bent in the field of music. The 7 - member Band won the 1st position in the Fiesta and clearly led the field among the 8 teams in the fray.

Shrey Shah (IX A) and Devesh Bhandari (IX A), Kartik Desai (X B), Priyansh Shah &ArhamTinwala (XI Gen) and Yash Rao & Rahul Makhija (XII Gen).