SRI Dasmesh School in Kuala Lumpur held its annual concert and prize-giving day in conjunction with Vesakhi celebrations recently.
Observed by Sikhs worldwide on April 14, Vesakhi marks the day when Guru Gobind Singh Ji created the Order of the Khalsa.
Among those present at the event were Private Education Department director Abu Bakar Ismail, school chairman and former Asean secretary-general Tan Sri Ajit Singh, school advisory board member and sports entrepreneur Datuk G.S. Gill, dignitaries, educationists and philanthropists.
The emcees were Form Three students Avtar Singh, Balraj Kaur, Kavita Kaur and Belvin Singh, whose confidence and eloquence made for an enjoyable evening.
The highlight the evening was the graduation of children in the Early Years’ programme and a prize-giving ceremony for students who excelled academically last year, including in the UPSR and PMR examination.
The evening began with a melodious hymn sung by the choir followed by speeches.
Principal and CEO Jaswinder Kaur spoke briefly on the school's history to the 1,000-odd guests and offered a rationale for the evening's theme, The Children of the Future.
She said: “For children there are no borders. They thrive on only one thing – love, and that is plentiful at Sri Dasmesh School.
“This concert aims to rekindle that spirit in all our hearts – to love and be loved, a spirit to strive for nothing but the best, and to never accept defeat, never look back and never worry.”
Complimenting the Sikh community on its first private school in the country, Abu Bakar congratulated the school on its 100% passes to-date in all national exams.
Ajit Singh said he was proud to be the chairman of the school. “I congratulate all of you for putting up the show and for the high academic achievements thus far. This event brings back fond memories of my school days.”
The event showcased the talents of the students. Adorable four-to-six-year-olds from the Early Years programme, mesmerised the audience with Mexican and Hokey-Pokey dance numbers.
This was followed by a symbolic light and dhandia dance, that is performed during the nine-day festival of lights (Navaratri) in Gujerat, India.
In between performances, students took to the stage, portraying various role-models, including Mother Teresa, Christopher Reeves, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, The Wright Brothers, Christian Barnard, Theodore Roosevelt and Mata Gujri (mother of Guru Gobind Singh Ji).
The Drama Club, set up a few months ago, put up a short play about a modern day family with children who are neglected and constantly seeking attention and love. The primary schoolchildren left the crowd in stitches with their performance of a comedy dance item, while the secondary school students entertained with a jazz number, entitled, Us, Then and Now.
The final event of the evening was a potpourri of dances – Malay, Chinese, Indian, Modern and Punjabi.
The two-and-a-half-hour concert ended with the beat of the dhol (traditional Punjabi drum) and a lively Bhangra dance in honour of Vesakhi.
Guests were later treated to a hi-tea of sumptuous Northern and Punjabi delicacies, savouries and sweets.