Satikanta Guha Foundation and MATRA (The Music Academy for Tabla Research by Pt. Anindo Chatterjee) organised a classical music concert at Garden High School Kolkata on Saturday, 07 October 2017, at 5.00 pm.
The concert titled Baithaki Series had performances from eminent sarod player Pt Partho Sarodi accompanied by Pt Anindo Chatterjee and vocal by Nabanita Chowdhury accompanied by Rupak Bhattachariya.
The evening programme started off with table by 4 students of MATRA. The programme was graced by eminent musicians of Indian Classical music including Ustad Rashid Khan and Pt Tejendra Narayan Majumdar among others.
For pictures check out the Gallery at the Satikanta Guha Foundation website.
Garden High International School was happy to organize the Satikanta Guha Memorial Inter-School Elocution Competition for the 3rd time in Garden High School on Friday 4th November, 2016.
Dr Anuradha Das, Director of Garden High International School and the Chief Academic Advisor of the Foundation, welcomed and addressed the audience after which the competition began.
Apart from Garden High School and Garden High International School, there were ten other Kolkata schools who participated in this competition — Delhi Public School Mega City, Delhi Public School Newtown, Future Campus School, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, La Martiniere for Girls, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Modern High School for Girls, Shri Shikshayatan School, South City International School and Sri Sri Academy.
There were three categories — Bengali, English and Hindi Elocution and the rules said that the students could choose poetry or prose and that these could be their own compositions as well. We saw a large variety in the choice of the pieces, ranging from the serious to the humorous to the lyrical and some of their own compositions dealt with mature subjects and spread the message of hope in these times of despair.
Everything went off with clock-work precision – the judges for the three different categories arrived on time and seemed to enjoy what they were hearing. They shared their thoughts with the audience and that must have been a learning experience, not only for the participants, but for the other students too. Ms Piali Ray and Mr Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, who judged the Bengali Elocution, told the participants that they were very impressed by the choice of pieces and were particularly pleased with the fact that so many prose pieces were chosen; Mrs Rita Bhimani and Mrs Baisali Chatterjee Dutt who judged the English Elocution also echoed the same thoughts and suggested that the time limit given to the participants could perhaps be increased in the following years; Mr Meet Tyagi and Ms Sanchaita Bhattacharya judged the Hindi elocution and told the participants that they were very happy to see that the sanctity of the Hindi language is still being upheld.
The Judges must have had a hard time deciding who the winners should be but finally this is what they came up with:
The winners went home happy with their prizes and the teachers who accompanied them took back the prizes for their schools.
PRIZES (Same in each category)
First Prize: INR 10,000 (Participant: INR 8,000 & School: INR 2,000)
Second Prize: INR 7,000 (Participant: INR 5,000 & School: INR 2,000)
Third Prize: INR 4,000 (Participant: INR 3,000 & School: INR 1,000)
Garden High International School won the second prize in Teenovators 2015, a pan-India contest conducted by INK TAlks in association with Manipal University. Initiated by Manipal University in 2011, Teenovators is a program that nurtures and recognizes scientific innovation among students from grade 9 to 12. Over 400 schools across India had participated in Teenovators 2015. It was a multi-stage contest, with elimination at each stage. The first round involved submitting an innovative idea, based on the merit of which GHIS qualified to the next round – the regional final. In this round, GHIS competed against other leading schools of the region (Birla Boys’, Sushila Birla, Laxmipat Singhania, Patha Bhavan, The Heritage School, Calcutta International to name a few) in designing the solution and presenting it though posters and a video presentation. The regional winners were then invited to share the technical and cost feasibility of their solutions, based on which eight schools from across the country were selected for the final round. GHIS was the only school from the east zone to qualify to the final round, held at Manipal University on 30th January, 2016. In this final round, the school presented a model of its solution to a panel of distinguished judges. The judges were effusive in their praise and awarded the school second prize in the competition. It was a proud moment for all at GHIS when the students walked up to the stage to collect the trophy and the cheque worth Rs 3,00,000.
The following students were part of the GHIS Teenovators team: Saunak Saha, Arani Acharya and Ishaan Chatterjee of the A2 level, Tanisha Sarkar of AS and Suchismita Paul of Grade 10.