The annual Inter School Performing Arts Competition, Echoes Naad-Ninaad 2018, organised by the Performing Arts Society of Delhi Public School, RK Puram was held recently. A total of 36 schools took part in the event with more than 1,800 participants. The event consisted of six competitions – Nritya Abhinaya (Indian dance), Sway (Western dance), Swargdeep (Indian instrumental), Dynamics (Western band and group song) and Swartarang (Indian group song).
Judges included Madhumita Raut who manages and teaches at Jayantika Associations; Nrityashri Alaknanda, an international Kathak artist; Manjeet Singh, music composer; Padmaja Chakraborty, an empanelled artist with ICCR (The Indian Council for Cultural Relations); Pandit Shubhendra Rao, an internationally acclaimed performer; Ustaad Akram Khan, professional tabla player; Benjamin Jacob and Devasmita Sharma, professional dancers at The Danceworx; Hitesh Madan, the co-founder of Canzona and Payal Madan, head of the department for speech and drama; Ankur Sabharwal and Lokesh Madan, the co-founder of Canzona.
The valedictory event began with the felicitation of the judges with a token of regard by principal Ms Vanita Sehgal. In her speech, she honoured the memory of Swargdeep, a student who had passed away around four years ago. The annual Swargdeep Indian instrumental competition is held in his memoriam. She also felicitated his parents. The overall winners of the event were Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj.