GIIS East Coast Campus celebrated the festive season by organising a Diwali Bazaar and Dandiya dance on October 25, 2012. The festive event was graced by several dignitaries including Mr Charles Chong, MP for Joo Chiat SRC.
The celebration gave an opportunity for school students, parents, neighbours and members of the community at large to come together in a special way. Sharing the joy of festivities was Mrs Bala, an eminent neighbor of GIIS East Coast Campus and PAP member who inaugurated the Diwali Bazaar. Also present at the inauguration was Dr Uma Rajan, Chairperson IAEC, Siglap South CC.
The most awaited moment of the day was Dandiya Dhamaal, the cultural part of the event which was inaugurated at 6.00pm by Guest of Honour, Grassroots Advisor Mr Charles Chong You Fook, MP, Joo Chiat SRC and Deputy Speaker of the Parliament. Accompanying him were Ms Hui Hui Leong, Director Joo Chiat Constituency, and Mr Tan Yew Beng, Chairman, PBM, Chairman of Joo Chiat CCC. Mrs Aparna Temurnikar and Mrs Smita Wargantiwar also graced the event with their presence.
Addressing the guests, Mr Charles Chong congratulated the school for its efforts towards integration and creation of harmony with the community. He expressed surprise about the tradition of dandiya during the nine-day festival of Navaratri and spoke about his joy to be a part of the school festivities, wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali.
On October 25, the school was filled with fun and festivities with around 32 stalls put up by enthusiastic parents and visitors visiting the Diwali Bazaar throughout the day. From stalls selling apparel and jewellery to handicrafts, sports goods, Indian savories and herbal Garden plants by GIIS East Coast Campus team - there was something interesting for all age groups. Among other interesting stalls was a handwriting expert and tarot card reader. Neighbours in the vicinity of the school were invited to join in the fun and students were allowed to visit these stalls at an allotted time, accompanied by their teachers. The invite was open to all GIIS parents with their friends.
The evening inauguration was followed by dance performances by enthusiastic and energetic dancers from professional dance groups and Parent Support Group to brighten the event. Then began, the much awaited - Dandiya Dhamaal and soon everyone became a dandiya expert, swinging their dandiya sticks in unison with the traditional music. There were attractive prizes in various categories. The prize for the best dressed male was given to Mr Sudhir, while the best dressed female prize was bagged by Mrs Smita Warangtiwar. The best dressed boy and girl were Sreeram Shakti and Aarohi Temurnikar who looked cute in their traditional attires. In the second category, the prize for the best male dancer was given to Mr Atul Chouhan and the best female dancer, Ms Sampada. The prize for the best dancer - boy - was given to Prithvi, with Anokhi Bhugar bagging the prize for the best dancer - girl. Apart from these, 12 lucky draw winners were given wonderful gifts sponsored by supportive parents and friends with the bumper prize being a microwave oven!
It was indeed a special Diwali and Navratri celebration with participation from nearly 2500 individuals and pleasant memories for all to cherish.