Sanawar celebrates 168th Founder's Day

The prelude to the 168th Founder's celebrations of Lawrence School, Sanawar, which commence on Saturday, saw a tribute by Sanawar to the father of the nation by commemorating Gandhi Jayanti.

The historic Barne Hall of the school saw the school choir presenting a vocal rendition of Mahatma Gandhi's favorite "Ram Dhun" to mark his 146th birth anniversary. The school head-boy and head-girl spoke to the audience - that included alumni who have reached Sanawar to take part in the Founder's Day celebrations - about the life and works of Gandhi.

This year, the celebrations will see old Sanawarian Rao Inderjit Singh, minister of state for defence, as the chief guest on Sunday when the grand march past of the school will be held as per tradition.

Addressing students, the officiating headmistress Shonu Mukherji on Friday highlighted the importance of peace, love, strong will-power and resolution. "Gandhiji's greatness lies more in the implementation of his thoughts than his mere philosophy. He lived many lives in single life. His life was based on purity, honesty and optimism," she said. "A nation's culture resides in the hearts and souls of its people. Similarly a school's culture resides in the hearts of its teachers and students," she said.

The day also saw the award of prizes to winners of the essay writing competition on the topic - "If I were Gandhi". The competition has been instituted by Navin Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner and an alumnus of Sanawar. While Zainab Shamsi and Shiv Mehrotra were the winners of first and second positions, the third position was won by Manish Garg.

Later in the afternoon, a chapel service was conducted for the alumni who had graduated 25, 50 and 60 years back. This year the 1990, 1965 and 1955 batches were special invitees. The school choir sang hymns on this occasion. On behalf of the school, the officiating headmistress offered prayers for the welfare and well-being of all those associated with Sanawar. Old students like Praneeta Sukanya Kapoor and Avtar Singh of 1990 batch, Chitra Gauri Lal and Bhupinder Singh Ahluwalia of 1965 batch, and BS Malhans of the 1955 batch shared their experiences and memories of school.