The Srishtis Art Festival is an annual event that provides every student at NiBS the oppurtunity to showcase his or her talent and creative abilities. At NiBS, we believe in converting every challenge into an opportunity. Thus, with the onset of Covid 19 protocols and distance learning, the festival went online this year. The children’s performances were beautifully encapsulated in the form of video recordings, which were premiered on YouTube.

While Class Ankur depicted the ‘Smile Tree’, which spread smiles all around, the Pallavs shared the story of a caterpillar who earned many a friend as he gave away his shoes. Students of Classes I to V presented a variety of plays that ranged from Akbar-Birbal stories to tales about heroes and villains caught in the middle of a pandemic.

The specialisation students of Classes VI to VIII presented a plethora of musical and dance performances across Indian and Western music genres. The musical performances were based on the theme ‘The Circle of Time’ catering around the four praharas of the day.

The students of Class IX performed a Hindi play titled “Ajab Samay Ki Gazab Kahaani” based on the theme of finding ‘Freedom in Confinement’. The play depicted the power of unity in times of hardship and challenges. Class XI presented a series of monologues by fictional characters and renowned personalities and shared the thoughts of personalities like Nelson Mandela, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Anne Frank and Hellen Keller and of fictional characters including Pi Patel from Life of Pi and Robinson Crusoe.

The students’ performances in the plays were exemplary as they breathed life into the characters that they portrayed and the plays were beautifully embellished with melodious songs and energetic dances that merged with the storyline and mesmerized one and all. The sound effects and elaborate backdrops enlivened the play while the beautiful, colourful costumes and props put together by the parents added to the impact of the show. The children, parents and teachers came together, in a never seen or heard before kind of collaboration, to make this festival a huge success.

A special aspect of the festival was that our children got the opportunity to work with leading theatre experts including Karan Arora, writer and director at ShowSha Baaz Carvan WOW, a theatre company; Jigyasa Taneja, an award-winning filmmaker and educator; and Feisal Alkazi, a theatre and television director, writer and educationist, who curated and directed their theatre performances.

In keeping with our founding principles of individual attention, every student had contributed to the event in a significant way and flawlessly blended into the online mode of performing, leaving a valuable footprint for a future of blended learning.

Each child’s artwork was also showcased through the medium of a virtual art exhibition on a microsite on the school website.