THE KD Singh Babu Stadium was charged with high spirits on Tuesday morning as over 15,000 students of about 50 schools of the State capital converged to take part in a unique programme—‘Ek Sur Ek Taal’—organised by the education department to mark Children’s Day.
The kids sang five songs in four different languages that infused a feeling of nationalism and brotherhood in all. Their performance left the audience comprising Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and SP national general secretary Amar Singh spellbound.
About 15,000 school kids occupied the stadium ground much before 7:30 am. Dressed in their respective uniform, the enthusiastic school children took position early in the day and waited patiently for the arrival of the CM and other VVIPs.
Since the chief guest was a bit late, kids practiced the popular Hindi song ‘Dhan dhanya pushp bhari……yeh pyari janmabhumi, ye hamari janmabhumi’. A big round of applause greeted CM, Amar Singh and other VVIPs on their arrival.
Students of SKD Academy presented a welcome dance choreographed by Yuvak Biradari (Bharat). It all began with the Punjabi song ‘Dholiya wey dholiya…’ The kids then regaled ‘Dhan dhanya pushp bhari……ye humari janmabhumi’.
Punjabi and Assami song also enthralled the people. Addressing the gathering CM said: “There cannot be anything better to celebrate this special day than the scintillating performance of children. At a time when the country faces serious challenges to our unity, such events would help bind people with one string.”
He said people with vested interest were trying to divide the nation on the lines of language and religion, hence, it was imperative that children fought those trying to disturb the peace of the country. CM recalled that a similar function was held at Saifai and the President was extremely pleased with it.
Amar Singh also showered praise on the school kids for participating in the event so enthusiastically. Director secondary education Sanjay Mohan thanked the CM for several steps taken to promote education in the State and SVB Singh proposed the vote of thanks.
This programme was held on for the first time January 26, 2004. Thereafter, it was held in various districts, including Rae Bareli, Moradabad, Kanpur, Saifai, Mainpuri and others. Says Kranti Shah of Yuvak Biradari (Bharat): “The programme has been very successful and other State Governments are now coming forward to hold similar events in their States.”
...amidst some chaos
EMPTY STANDS of KD Singh Babu Stadium say it all as to how illmanaged the much-hyped event has been. A thin presence of school officials, teachers, bureaucrats and dignitaries was conspicuous by the absence of a grand gathering in the entire stand and pavilion.
There was no adequate arrangement of clean drinking water for 15,000 school children who were forced to look for taps outside the stadium. A principal of a government school even complained that organisers did not make proper arrangements to provide refreshment to the students. The teachers had to jostle with each other to get packets for their school children.
Poor management of the officials of district administration in general and education department in particular could well be gauged from the fact that they did not think it wise to issue invite parents. Even the newspaper offices did not get any invite.