The lines were blurred, the boundaries did not exist among the principals of over 700 schools during the HT-PACE Annual Meet on Thursday as they manifested harmony and camaraderie in keeping with the central message of Gulzar’s play Lakeerein which was staged on the occasion.
Exchanging views, they shared a laugh and broke bread together at the Taj Palace, seemingly inspired by the show that encompassed the journey of India-Pakistan relations which narrated stories of hope, despair, passion and redemption, paying tribute to the shared values nurtured over centuries of co-existence.
The annual meet began with the lamp lighting ceremony by Annapoorna Sehgal, head-education, HT-PACE; RK Nanda, managing director, Nature’s Essence; Naveen Anand from Amway and theatre personality Salim Arif. The event was also attended by Hindustan Times business head (circulation) Rajeev Beotra.
“It is a great honour to have so many heads of education together under one roof and I am thankful to all of them for cooperating with us at each stage,” said Sehgal.
The address was followed by the engaging and thought-provoking play, Lakeerein, which is based on a similarly-titled anthology of poems and stories authored by Gulzar.
Lauding the efforts of the theater artistes, Abha Sehgal, principal, Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, said, “The play was pertinent in today’s times as it frees the viewers from prejudices and see that the differences are in our minds.”
Terming the event a grand success, Usha Ram, principal, Laxman Public School, said, “HT-PACE has always raised the bar for itself and every time they have outdone their previous success.”
On the occasion, prizes were also presented to the winners of HT Paint-my-Love contest, which marked 100 years of the National Capital and attracted more than 1,000 students from over 250 schools in Delhi/NCR.
The event was sponsored by Amway, Pidilite Industries and Nature’s Essence.