Following are the snapshots of CARDS designed by the students for day events.
The City never sleeps - by Pallavi Datta (ISC 2011) (Acrylic on canvas)
The City never sleeps - by Pallavi Datta (ISC 2011) (Acrylic on canvas)
City Life - by Madhura Mukherjee (IX) (Lino print- black & white )
City Life - by Madhura Mukherjee (IX) (Lino print- black & white )
City Life - by Priyanjali Pal (ISC 2011) (Lino print- bicolor)
City Life - by Priyanjali Pal (ISC 2011) (Lino print- bicolor)

Following are the snapshots of POSTERS designed by the students for day events.
Craft Mela- by Sanjana Jain (XII)
Craft Mela- by Sanjana Jain (XII)
Art Mela- by Sanjana Jain (XII)
Art Mela- by Sanjana Jain (XII)
Aamra Shobai 2011- The Spirit of Kolkata
Aamra Shobai 2011- The Spirit of Kolkata
EVENTS

8 December 2011 5.30 pm
Opening address by Amit Chaudhuri.

Speakers : Sharmila Bose - Sourav Ganguly - Rudrangshu Mukherjee - Harsh Neotia - Rakhi Sarkar - Jawhar Sircar

The Telegraph (09.12.2011)
The Telegraph (09.12.2011)
The Telegraph (11.12.2011)
The Telegraph (11.12.2011)

9 December 2011 9.30 am
9 December 2011 6.00 pm
10 December 2011 9.00 am
  • Aamra Shabai - Fest involving other schools and NGO children (including audio-visual presentations on the Spirit of Kolkata)
    Aamra Shabai
    Aamra Shabai
10 December 2011 6.00 pm
11 December 2011 9.30 am
12 December 2011 9.30 am
12 December 2011 6.00 pm
13 December 2011 9.30 am
13 December 2011 6.00 pm

IN THE NEWSPAPERS

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PRESS RELEASE

Kolkata, Dec.8, 2011:
“Calcutta – Kolkata: the last sixty years,” an exhibition marking the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Modern High School for Girls was inaugurated in the evening at the Ice Skating Rink by the Chairperson of the school, Mrs. Nirmala Birla and Mrs. Ganga Somany, the only surviving Founder Member of the Governing Body . The exhibition includes a “Craft Mela” that displays the traditional crafts of the city and its environs. The exhibition is open to school students from 9-13 December, 2011 between 9.30 a.m and 2 p.m. and to the general public between 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. on these dates.



The inauguration was followed by a panel discussion in the school grounds. The topic of the discussion was, “Calcutta: Legacies and Dreams: in search of new directions.” The keynote address was delivered by Amit Chaudhuri. The panel comprised Harsh Neotia, Rakhi Sarkar, Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Sharmila Bose and Saurav Ganguly. The discussion was moderated by Mrs. Devi Kar, Principal, Modern High School for Girls.



A brief about the celebrations:
The exhibition portrayed the growth and development of Kolkata over the last sixty years. The well-researched display has been curated by the teachers and students of the school with valuable inputs from experts of the city. The exhibition also throws light on the growth of the school from its inception to the present.



The exhibition depicts the various aspects of life in this multi-cultural metropolis and highlights the contributions made by the people of different communities, the women, the artists and artisans, and the institutions- both local and international, to the development of the city from 1952 to 2012. The narrative is interspersed with multimedia presentations and a live craft demonstration, all of which emphasise the living traditions of the city and the direction that they have taken in the last 60 years.



The exhibition effectively captures the spirit of this bustling city and is definitely worth a visit.

Sukanya Ghosh, who designed the exhibition, has truly excelled herself in this colourful and aesthetic presentation.



The panel discussion drew on speakers representing different aspects of Kolkata’s multicultural fabric and reflected the Kolkatan’s love of debate and discussion. The lively interaction focussed on the past, present and future of this much often-maligned but much- loved city.



Kolkata, Dec. 9 (Morning):
Students of Classes I&II, Modern High School for Girls, organised a pageant, “Aamader Kolkata,” as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the school. The programme was held in the school grounds in the morning and was attended by students and parents.



A brief about the celebrations:
The colourful pageant presented a glimpse of the socio-cultural life of the city, with special emphasis on its customs and traditions. The young participants were a joy to watch and did their school -and their city- proud.


Kolkata, Dec. 9 (Evening):
As part of its Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Modern High School for Girls organised an evening of popular Western music, “Reliving the Park Street Experience,” which was presented by Nondon Bagchi and featured Anjum Katyal, Hip Pocket, and the MHS Band.



A brief about the celebrations:
Well-known singers and musicians from the city, along with the MHS Band took an appreciative audience down memory lane with their rendition of popular songs from the 1960s and ‘70s.There was soul and rock, blues and rhythm, played against digitally created Calcutta landmarks as the backdrop. Yet again the city’s ties with its colonial past were evoked in this imaginative recreation of the Park Street of yesteryears.


Kolkata, Dec.10 (Morning):
MHS organised an inter-school fest, “Amra Shobai,” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of its continuing Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The programme involved students from different schools of Kolkata, including those run by NGOs. The students of these schools combined to form the teams that took part in the various events. The highlight of the morning was the presentation - the “Spirit of Kolkata" - by the participants .



A brief about the celebrations:
”Amra Shobai,” a unique inter-school and NGO meet proved that creativity was not the sole preserve of only a privileged few. It was rewarding to see students from different backgrounds participate with equal enthusiasm in the fest. The Billboard and Bookcover designs impressed with their original conceptualisation.



The students were united in their love for their city which was reflected in their varied and innovative presentations - “Spirit of Kolkata" -a spirit that binds all its citizens together in an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie. Besides, the fest also reinforced the fact that like the city, Modern High School too has a caring heart.



Kolkata, Dec.10 (Evening):
“An Evening of Traditional Indian Music” featured next in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of MHS. It was held in the school grounds and the artists were the members of the Calcutta Youth Choir, the MHS choir and Ustad Amaan Ali Khan.



A brief about the celebrations:
Kolkata, known as the cultural capital of India, is famed for its night long Indian classical music programmes. The “Evening of Traditional Music” wished to focus primarily on young, talented artists who are engaged in keeping alive this rich legacy of traditional forms of music.



The evening was a great success with the audience responding enthusiastically to the folk songs by Calcutta Youth Choir, the rousing rendition of Shubhamita’s “Dekhechho ki Taakey”, presented for the first time onstage in choral form by the 23- member MHS Choir and Ustad Amaan Ali Khan’s melodious sarod recital.



Kolkata, Dec. 11 (Morning):
An “Art Mela” showcasing the work of MHS students and artists of Kolkata was organised by Modern High School for Girls as part of its Diamond Jubilee celebrations . The Mela included a display of “Floral Art”. This was a day- long affair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the venue was the school grounds.



A brief about the celebrations:
The school grounds wore a festive look as budding artists of MHS joined their senior counterparts from the city to display their creations in the Art Mela. In this way, MHS provided a platform for painters and artists to interact with the students .



A "Kolkata wall" on the MHS campus, painted by students and mela visitors under the direction of noted artist Shanu Lahiri, was the cynosure of all eyes at the Art Mela.



A display of “Floral Art” that was held simultaneously, added fragrance and a touch of delicate beauty to the surroundings.



Kolkata, Dec. 12 (Morning):
The middle school students of MHS and their parents participated in a “Know Kolkata” quiz contest prepared by senior Quiz Club students and conducted by Mir. There was also a display of paintings done jointly by parents and children, on the theme, “Magical Kolkata.”



A brief about the celebrations:
The entire school is involved in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of MHS and the programmes have been carefully designed keeping the cultural and intellectual ethos of the city in mind. The quiz competition generated great enthusiasm among the teams, comprising parents and children. Mir, in his inimitable style ensured that the morning was a fun-filled one and that the programme was both informative and entertaining.



After the quiz was over, the students of the middle school accompanied their parents to view the paintings that had provided the family with “magical” moments of creativity.



Kolkata, Dec. 12 (Evening):
A “Theatre Evening” was organised by Modern High School for Girls on the penultimate day of its Diamond Jubilee celebrations and featured Ashoke Viswanathan, Usha Ganguly and the MHS Drama Troupe. The event was held in the school grounds.



A brief about the celebrations:
The “Theatre Evening” commenced with an illuminating talk which included recitals of excerpts from plays on the “History of Theatre in Kolkata” by Ashoke Viswanathan.



Usha Ganguly’s captivating performance in “Antaryatra” served to elucidate Ashoke Viswanathan’s views on the rich and varied theatrical tradition of Kolkata.



Credit goes to the MHS Drama Troupe, trained by mime artist Sandip Kedia, for putting up a spirited performance in the presence of veteran stage artists like Usha Ganguly. Their mime show consisted of vignettes of life in Kolkata and was rich in humour. Sandip Kedia also regaled the audience with his own performance and Modern High School is proud to be associated with an artist of his calibre who converts personal disadvantage into professional strength. Under his tutelage the girls learnt not only about miming but about persevering against great odds in order to attain excellence.



Kolkata, Dec. 13 (Morning):
The Junior School students of Modern High School for Girls organised an Art exhibition titled “Kolkata- what it means to me.” The exhibition was held on the school premises from 9.30 a.m. onwards.



A brief about the celebrations:
The young artists of MHS impressed with their fresh insight into what makes Kolkata special and unforgettable. The students had worked hard to capture the colour and changing moods of this myriad-hued city and the result was a feast for the eyes! Through this creative exercise, the young children learnt to know and appreciate Kolkata.



Kolkata, Dec. 13 (Evening):
“Anander-i Daan”, the concluding programme of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Modern High School for Girls featured an evening of dance and music with Bimbavati Devi, Chandreyee Basu Thakur, Pramita Mallick, Priti Patel, Sasha and the MHS Choir and Dance troupe.



A brief about the celebrations:
The evening’s performance brought together well-known artistes, MHS teachers, students and ex-students in a joyous offering to the city of Kolkata with its rich cultural ethos. The programme was an invocation and celebration of the five elements of Nature, i.e. Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Firmament, through the chanting of Sanskrit shlokas, Rabindra Sangeet and various classical dance forms. The air reverberated with the sounds of ghungroos, powerful chants and harmonious melody—all contributing to a mood of celebration.



The students of Modern High School impressed with their virtuoso performance and “Anander-i Daan” formed a fitting finale to the weeklong Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the school. This was a landmark event that the school and the city will remember for a long, long time.