India is a land of diverse cultures, languages, religions and traditions. Despite these differences, from time immemorial, we have been able to live in harmony, respecting and celebrating each other’s customs and festivals. The phrase “Mile sur mera tumhara, to sur bane hamara’ perfectly describes what we Indians stand for. India is a story of success when it comes to celebrating diversity.

At Freedom International School we celebrate our heritage every year with various themes, and this year we celebrated it on 31st January. The theme was - Mile Sur Mera Tumhara or the celebration of India’s unity in its astounding diversity.

The programme began with the lightning of the lamp followed by a beautiful classical dance performance. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, the audience was given glimpses of our grand, colourful and vibrant Indian heritage through a variety of folk and classical dances. A few popular folk dances were the Oyillattam and Kolatta from South India, the rhythmic steps and vibrant gestures of the dancers from the tribal state of Jharkhand and Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, the graceful moves of Bihu and the lovely dancers from the Kashmir valley recreated that momentary ‘paradise on earth’. The heritage day ceremony concluded with a grand finale which blended beautifully with our theme and succeeded in conveying the message of Mile Sur…

The students and staff came dressed in their traditional finery spreading festive cheer all around.