DPS Vasant Kunj celebrated the Annual Cultural Extravaganza and Scholar Badge Ceremony of Classes 6, 7 and 8 with a soul- stirring tribute to the glorious saga of India’ s freedom struggle. This multi- event panorama held on 26 December, 2018, showcased the diverse talents of a stupendous 750 students, under the able mentorship of their teachers. Shri. Manish Sisodia, hon’ ble Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi was the Chief Guest. Shri. Kailash Gehlot, hon’ ble Transport Minister of Delhi and Rear Adm. (Retd.) M. M. Chopra, AVSM, Vice Chairman, The DPS Society and Chairman, Managing Committee, DPS Vasant Kunj also presided over the function. Shri. M. M. Chopra welcomed the assembly and appreciated Shri. Sisodia’ s passion towards the goal of reforming education to transform the society. Thereafter, the Chief Guest along with the other dignitaries awarded Scholar Badges and Blue Blazers to 395 meritorious scholars. Shri. Manish Sisodia, in his thought- provoking speech asserted that a school is a centre for training the individual to use the power and wisdom bequeathed. He also emphasised on the dire need to humanise education while cultivating the culture of entrepreneurship, in the country. The rousing Welcome Song, ‘Ay Watan Ay Watan’ in tandem with the graceful Welcome Dance made the entire atmosphere redolent with patriotic fervour. The piece- de- resistance was the theatrical exposition ‘DAASTAN- e- AZADI ‘which scripted the momentous journey of India’ s leap of faith from bondage to freedom. The young performers essayed the roles of the stalwarts with poignant conviction. Commencing from Veer Savarkar; Mangal Pandey with his clarion call for freedom, in 1857; Rani of Jhansi, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Batukeshwar Dutt, Subhash Chandra Bose, Captain Lakshmi Sahgal, Mahatma Gandhi and the unsung heroes and heroines- every freedom fighter was earnestly eulogised. The narrative was an ode to the sacrifice, valour and ardency of those who envisioned a free India. The audience was mesmerised by the concluding scene of Pandit Nehru unfurling the flag of Independent India, in 1947, and an evocation to honour the selflessness of the ‘mighty dead’ by safeguarding the diversity of India.  Smt. Bindu Sehgal, Principal, thanked the esteemed dignitaries and parents for their support. She also acknowledged the marvellous effort of all the children, teachers, support staff and administrators, in the staging of the mega- event. The grand assembly concluded with the national anthem being sung in unison.