Annual Concert 2017-2018 - Wind Beneath my Wings
15th February 2018
Shanmukhananda Hall, Sion East

TOGETHER WE CELEBRATE ABWA's 10th YEAR and bring the stage alive... students, staff and parents joining hands and performing together to present one great show - "Wind beneath my Wings." ? This sure is ABWA's family time! The central thread/theme of the annual concert is "Family" and "Celebrating Life". In some way or the other, the student, staff and parent performances are woven around this. “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are.

The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what ... and that my dear friends, is the atmosphere in my ABWA family" ... Mrs Birla. Keeping these golden words etched into our hearts, we, the students, teachers, as well as the parents of the proud family of ABWA, created a plethora of dances, plays, and music performances. All of them highlighting a different aspect of the relationship that binds a family together. The much-awaited concert began with a soulful and melodious performance by our very own Principal, Ms Radhika Sinha. ‘Kaise paheli hain ye’ - Truly, our family here at ABWA is also nothing short of a mystery. Filled with joyful moments, as well as some sad moments.

However, no matter what may happen, this family always sticks together. The next event of the already exciting concert was a play put up by the teaching faculty of ABWA – ‘Ohaana’. This play comprised of some terrific acting performances, some graceful dance numbers, and, of course, some poignant singing. It was based on the family centric story ‘Castaway’ authored by Rabindranath Tagore. This play focused on the story of a young boy, who struggled to find his place in a family, but was finally able to do so when the other family members understood his feelings. Our family at ABWA is very similar. Even the new members, who join our family each and every year, are able to quickly find their place, because the other members understand and respect their feelings. ‘Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body’-Martha Graham.

Never did these words resonate with the audience better than it did while they watched the lissom dances presented by the parents. From the energetic dances of Gujarat, to the elegant dances of Rajasthan, our parents covered everything. The next event in the action-packed programme was a play presented by the students of LKG and HKG. This play was about how a small boy goes on an adventure in order to escape from his mundane chores of life. This play as well encompassed many elegant dances, as well as some delightful acting lauded by one and all present. The final event was a performance put up by the Primary and the Secondary students of ABWA. This play was a modern-day adaptation of the Mahabharata, which highlighted the common problems faced by families everywhere, and how they always stuck together despite all odds.

It is a direct parallel to the ABWA family, because everyone is given the freedom to express themselves and to pursue whatever it is that they want to. This freedom is what makes this family so flexible and dynamic, exactly what was portrayed through the play. The 10th edition of the much-anticipated Annual concert was a huge success, which was only possible due to the teamwork between each and every member of the ABWA family. No matter how mysterious this ‘paheli’ may be, it is something cherished by everyone.

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