What is better than a relaxing blend of melodious Choir and the talented Orchestra to give a suitable beginning to a wonderful show? These were our thoughts as we settled to observe this perfect harmony.

In the beginning, all the instruments were getting set up. The keyboard was being plugged in and the thirty nine singers were sitting idly in the audience with nothing to do. There were six keyboardists, one digital pianist, three guitarists (one was absent), one drummer, one violinist, 1 Congo player and sic Tabalchis (twenty talented instrumentalists in all). To handle the choir and the orchestra, there were six teachers. The student told Suleiman sir to adjust the volume of their mike and instruments according to the need. The guitarists were practicing sincerely. Initially, there was quite a lot of confusion but things settled down soon enough.

It was not a long time before the choir’s patience was rewarded. They were finally called on-stage and stood in neat rows. Both the choir and the orchestra started practicing simultaneously. How soothing was the melodious voice of the choir blending with the harmony of the orchestra! It was quite some time before someone realised the reason as to why the voice of the choir were not coming out loud enough. The mikes again! Again Suleiman sir tested the mikes. In the meantime, the choir got tired and sat down. Finally, the problem with the mikes was rectified and off they went. All the students were giving their best. They were singing the multi- faith song and some other song. They sang in Hindi, then switched to English and then switched back again to Hindi. The Choir and Orchestra are making tremendous progress.
Well done Choir and Orchestra!!

BY: ARYA GOYAL (VI-B); EKANSH BHARADWAJ (VI-B); UDAY AHJA (VI-B)
To be excited was justified since we were to witness the first ever finale dance practice! We headed towards the venue i.e., Dance room. Here is what we could make out of the practice:

Shreya ma’am and Sakshi ma’am, the two choreographers of the Finale dance were already up and about. The children were standing in neat rows and dancing according to the instructions given. The finale dance was a harmonious blend of all the dances; The String Theory, Cosmic Dance of Shiva, Hip- Hop, E=MC2, River Out of Eden and the Opening Dance. They were first practicing on the beats given by ma’am and then on a peppy song.
Once the dance steps had been practiced, the students were given instructions about their entrance and exit channels. The students listened attentively to this piece of information as it was an integral part of the performance. After clarifying all the doubts, students got back into their neat rows. The music was on! The dancers danced gracefully, even though it was the first day of their practice!
The performers performed sincerely but being young adults, getting distracted comes naturally. The students sensed their chance and started chit- chatting like there was no tomorrow. Ma’am brought the commotion to an end. Then, she taught them some new steps and they all learnt it very quickly. She made sure they were grilled to perfection.
Overall, the practice session was very good as well as entertaining to watch, despite it being the first day. Good job dancers!!

BY: ARYA GOYAL (VI-B); EKANSH BHARADWAJ (VI-B); UDAY AHJA (VI-B)
Pride is the feeling that everyone experiences when singing their nation's national anthem. The SEN students of our school are not an exception to this. That is why it was decided that we would observe a silent national anthem. This would enable the SEN students to be at par with the rest of the student community, something that we would have missed out on had we sang the national anthem. Step by Step is one of the largest inclusive schools in India and though it seems a mere gesture, the students who are performing it have an emotional connection with the piece and they hope that their small performance pronounce their belief in an inclusive, tolerant society. I had the privilege of watching the practice and I had to hold back my tears like everyone else in the room. We take our normalcy for granted and can never understand the problems of the especially abled children. I would like to thank my school for nurturing the feeling of inclusion in us, students. The silent national anthem would be the flagship of our unity and understanding of each other’s special needs and position.

By: Varenya Gupta (VIII B)
We were sitting in the amphitheater from P 2-P 6, ready to report on any practice taking place. At last the opening dance participants, for whom we had been anxiously waiting for, came onstage During P 6, many of the dancers disappeared. They came back after a while on Shreya mam’s order. Shreya ma’am was guiding the students with the dance. This dance looked like an act, full of mystery and enthusiasm. The practice moved from the congested space of the room to the open amphitheater. The dance was very beautiful, performed with the talents of the acrobats and the grace of the dancers. Still, Shreya ma’am expected a better performance by the participants of the Opening Dance. She made the whole dance do three run-throughs. The acrobats seemed to be full of energy although they had been through a long and tiring day.
The dancers used hoopla, balls and ribbons as props. The boys made an inspiring circular pyramid, for which we had only two words “hats off”. The opening dance was based on the Cirque Du Soleil. The acrobats did many stunts like cartwheels and human pyramids. We are 100% sure that parents will have a great time watching this performance!

By: ARYA GOYAL (VI-B); EKANSH BHARADWAJ (VI-B); ARYAMAN PRUTHI (VI-C); VARADA KAPOOR (VI-C)
As we know that the most important theory ever conceived by anyone was E = MC2. This theory was conceptualized by the great scientist Albert Einstein himself. The Form Evening invests heavily on this equation in the form of the dance of E = MC2. The beautiful song in the background and the graceful dance by the students, attempt to demonstrate some of the variables involved in theory of Relativity. Students are trying to enact the Quantum World by intricate hand and foot movements. Each and every action of theirs has a special meaning to it. Today, in the absence of Radha ma’am, Seerat ma’am has taken the sole charge of the dance.

As this year’s Middle School Form Evening is about a Magical Mystery Tour and the Quantum World, the theory of E=MC2, arguably the biggest discovery of mankind, will certainly be the center of attraction.

By: Aryan Shroff (VIII C)
Hello everyone! It’s time for some juicy insights into the world of skaters representing the quantum world. The entire group of skaters is divided into three parts - the Electrons, the Photons and the Proton. There are 11 electrons and photons but just 1 unique proton.

The performance begins with the clowns introducing the audience to the quantum world. On the screen an image of a tiny molecule emerges and with that our little skaters sprang into action. All the molecules are a part of the quantum world so it relates and fixes into the form evening perfectly.

The electrons move in wave. They are negatively charged which is shrewdly displayed by the students pretending to be electrons. They move at a high speed which the protons call ‘over speeding’. Their negative behavior symbolizes the negative charge.

After so many days of practice in small areas, finally the electrons have got a big space to show off their talent. All the best to them!

The next section involves the colourfully dressed photons. They have a delightful and short chat with the proton and exit from the stage.

The skaters are doing a wonderful job and I am sure their hard work will surely win our hearts.

By: Aryan Shroff (VIII C)
After winding up with our daily chores we rallied off towards the CLT room to get a good scoop on the Drama practice.

The practise began with a basic introduction of DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid). Gaytri ma’am felt that they needed more expression and voice modulation. She was correcting the speakers and explaining to the whole gathering how they should be acting.

“You should take the voice out of your stomach, not your throat!” she exclaimed.

When the speakers went away, the next lot of speakers came. They talked about the gift that India gave to the largest particle laboratory in the world. Though the clowns spoke well, they seemed to be a little lacking on the humour front. As a result, Ma’am herself performed the role of a clown. Her performance made everyone laugh their hearts out. We too were giggling in a corner. We caught her attention and she asked our opinion on the matter. We were taken by surprise as teachers generally keep to their practice and avoid any interaction with the reporters. We praised her performance which seemed to have made her happy. The practice went on smoothly from there on.

On a finishing note, the children of Drama need to put in a lot more effort. We wish them well. Buck up dramatists!

By: Uday Ahuja (VI B), Ekansh Bharadwaj (VI B) and Arya Goyal (VI B)
After spending some quality time watching the Finale Dance practices, it was time to head to the table room to observe the Orchestra in action.
We were surprised to see how coordinated all the Tabalchis (funny name isn’t it?!) were. Sitting next to them were four guitarists, four keyboardists and one drummer. Since Jude sir was occupied somewhere else, the keyboardists, drummers and guitarists had some time at their disposal. The Tabalchis, in the meantime, under the supervision of Zakir sir were making wonderful progress.
Zakir sir, while making sure that all the Tabalchis stayed in sync, introduced new notes. With some minor hiccups such as, Zakir sir’s out of tune Tabla and few Tablachis skipping out a note here and there, the practice went on smoothly. We are sure that if the Tabalchis continue to rehearse like this, the final performance they put up will be stunning.

BY: ARYA GOYAL (VI-B); EKANSH BHARADWAJ (VI-B); UDAY AHUJA (VI-B)
Like the previous year ,this year also we will be observing a silent singing national anthem.There will be background music playing and a selected few students will be showing signs for each and every particular word in the national anthem.We will be following the same code of conduct as in the normal national anthem except that there will be no one singing the national anthem. This is a continuation of the idea of the previous year by our school SEN teachers to give attribute to the vocally challenged children by not hurting their feelings out by saying the national anthem out. The SEN children will be a major part of the selected few children as to give attribute to some children who have some or the other physical challenges like them.This silent national anthem is longer than the normal national anthem but one who observes it surely gets emotionally attached to it.
. In the first part we introduced The Tandava, the Opening Dance and Hip-Hop. This is what the rest of them are about:

1. The River Out of Eden
The dance is based on the poem ‘The River out Of Eden’, as the name suggests. The team is being guided by Seerat ma'am and Shreya ma'am. The dancers are almost 25 in number. The dance is fifteen minute long (very tiring). It requires a lot of effort and energy, but the dancers are ready to use their last ounce of strength to put up a good show. :

2. The String Theory Dance
String Theory is one of the 6 dances which are happening for the Form Evening this year. As the theme is Magical Mystery Tour, which takes us through the various pathbreaking theories of science, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce the String Theory in the form of a dance. The String theory is one of the major theories of science. In physics, the String Theory is a theoretical framework in which the point-like particles of particle physics are replaced by one-dimensional objects called strings.

The String Theory describes how these strings propagate through space and time and interact with each other. String Theory is related to our topic and is therefore, ideal to put up on the show. It is an innovative idea to portray in the form of dance. The children participating in the dance are using multi- coloured ropes that represent strings as props. This is a very interesting dance and absolutely relates to the theme of our Form Evening this year. :

3. E=MC2
The E=MC2 dance is about the theory discovered by Einstein that changed the reality into what we know of it today. A lot of fun formations come with this masterpiece of a theoretical dance. Around 34 people are involved and the choreography is done by our very own Radha ma’am. The duration of the dance is about 2-3 minutes. The main role of this dance as the name suggests is to explain the great theory and how it works. It gives us the message of the importance of the theory that makes the universe light up.
This is an introductory piece on the various dances that are being performed in the magical mystery tour 2015, from the ancient Tandava to the modern Hip- Hop. Everything and anything that is worth dancing is in this year’s Form Evening. In total there are 6 dances that come at various stages as the Form Evening goes on. Three of the dances will be explained in this article whereas the other three will be portrayed in its sequel (Part 2).

1. The Cosmic Dance of Shiva
A blend of Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Oddisi, and contemporary Chhau is what you would see in the Cosmic Dance of Shiva. Through this they are trying to show the relation between the third eye of Shiva and science. It has 4 Kathak, 4 Bharatnatyam, 2 Oddisi, and 11 contemporary Chhau dancers- a total of 21 dancers, which continues for 2-3 minutes.

The original cosmic dance of Shiva is known as Tandava and is an ancient renowned form of dance originally performed by venerable sages. The scientific aspect is that when you do the steps you activate a magnetic chip between your eyes that is at the same place as the third eye of Shiva. This helps refresh your body and is one of the chakras of yoga

2. The Opening Dance: Mr Galliano's Circus Revisited (a tribute to Enid Blyton)
The energetic performance of our students is only paralleled by the story written by Enid Blyton which revolves around Jimmy Brown. Their whirling ribbons have a grace as they cut through the air like Swans through the water, and some particularly aesthetic dancers are working with hoopla rings like lords (if you excuse my pun). Some dancers are in discord but even Lotta (the series' expert jockey) had to fall off her horse before she learned how to ride.

3. Hip Hop
The hip hoppers have come a long way ever since the time the practice session for the dancers began. There are about 18-25 students participating in this piece, which will take about 2-5 minutes on the stage. Radha ma’am is helping them all improve their moves but some students are clueless of the rhythm.
Just like other days, preparations and practices in the Choir room were full on energy and enthusiasm. Vinita ma’am was cautioning us about the posture in which we should be seated. Looked like the choir wasn’t in the mood today. The teachers were correcting us on how to synchronize along with how the rhythm needs to go. I suppose due to this, Vinita ma’am was quite annoyed with the singers. Finally the choir had got the whole thing right. But astonishingly many of the apprentices did have doubts and hesitations regarding a few parts of the ‘Tarana’. Certain students were reprimanded. Finally the tarana has been sung in a rhythmic manner. At last they have done it! Nothing is impossible for the SBS choir.

- Varada Kapoor VI – C
Note: in case you do not understand any word, please check word meanings at the bottom of the article.

At first I thought the task of reporting to be Brobdingnagian for us dandiprats, but now I have realized it is not so. I tried to interview the non- participants but they left me atrabilious so I had to absquatulate. I wish I could do catoptromancy as then I would have readily volunteered to report drama today instead of declining it. So I can only say that the monotony of reporting is like a creature under study of crypto zoology. It might be there, it might not. I can say this as because of my having nothing to do I found a friend and both of us cachinnated together on the steps.

Word Definition
absquatulate leave somewhere abruptly
atrabilious irritable
brobdingnagian gigantic (from gullivers travels)
cachinnate laugh loudly
catoptromancy foretelling the future with the help of a mirror
crypto zoology study of animals that are not completely zoologically established
dandiprat young person


- By: Uday Ahuja
A new song is learnt by the choir, reports the little bird. The choir and orchestra were practicing in different rooms today. The choir began preparing the ‘Swasthi Vaachan’ song. This new number was put up on a white board for all. The boys and girls sang separately, in different groups. The keyboard player played the ‘tarana’ and added variations to the song. Early morning practice has been scheduled for tomorrow. Keep up the hard word guys!

- By: Varada Kapoor
Nine days into the choir practice and the show is finally on the road. After the daily routine of inspecting the mikes, the back to back practice of songs began. The sessions went on smoothly. Our nightingales sounded very lively even after the hectic day they had had so far. Such is the power of music my friends! Among other recent developments, a new music piece has been introduced to the crooners and numerous variations are being tried out. Neha ma’am and her costume department had been invited to listen to the choir today and discuss the group’s look for the big day. Measurements were taken simultaneously. The students were lively, as always! After a brief interval, the practice resumed, and the music-makers began to imbibe the musical notes of the latest songs. The enthusiasm of these groups was very contagious as they sang one song after another till the end of the hour!

- By: Varada Kapoor
We left the library with high hopes, planning to get an interview with one of the non- participants of the Form Evening. They were all sitting in 6- B. However, chaos is an understatement to describe what we saw and heard as we stepped into the classroom. The contrast between the silence of the library and the pandemonium of the class was unbelievable. We went and sat down next to our friends, keeping them in oblivion of the fact that we were undercover reporters. The noise the children produce was deafening. Jabber, jabber, jabber went the babbling children. All of the blabbermouths had grouped themselves into circles and were shrieking and screaming at the top of their lungs. The teacher in charge had given up all hopes of silencing the rowdy bunch. Eventually the bell rang and the period was over. Ma’am breathed a sigh of relief. Unlike her, we were so engrossed in our conversations with our friends that we forgot what we had gone there to do!
It seemed as if the popular novel ‘Animal Farm’ had come alive in the class!
English teachers please note; text to self- connection!

- BY: ARYA GOYAL OF CLASS VI-B AND TARINI SINGH OF CLASS VI-C (26th November, 2015)

Gayatri ma’am shares tips to hone Drama Skills. Dhruv Jhamb (8 A) reports on The Physical Theatre Workshop (3.12.2015)

It was time to go and do some real reporting of Gaytri ma’am’s professional workshop. It took me a while to find the venue and get an entry inside, but it was all worth it. A very enlightening session it was.
“The most important thing in an actor is his/her expressions, hence, the actor must learn from his surroundings how to express his/her emotions. Learn from nature” Gaytri ma’am said. The children learned as to how the nature around them teaches them emotions-how Fire reflects anger and Air reflects enthusiasm. How Earth represents peace and how the water represents sadness. The whole workshop was used to emphasize on these four elements. And it wasn’t a boring lesson at all, it was in fact fun. The children did various exercises like saying “Hi” in different emotions .This reflected the various elements of nature. In addition, the workshop wasn’t just fun, it was serious as well. That is Gaytri ma’am’s way of teaching, which turns the most serious things into fun.
Another exercise Gaytri ma’am introduced was about guessing the element. In this exercise the children were supposed to say a line with anger or enthusiasm or any other mood and reflect one element, the others were supposed to guess the element.
The next exercise was performing in groups of four where each was supposed to enact one element. Gaytri ma’am gave them a very simple topic where four kids are having cold drinks and watching an India- Pakistan match. The challenging part in this exercise was that the children weren’t aloud to say lines; they were required to make noises-but not utter words.
There was also an exercise on self control where the kids had to look in each other’s eyes in groups of two ( a pair ). They had to keep looking till they wanted to laugh, in which case they must go back to the starting position and come back again. The main motif of this exercise was to teach the kids about self control. It was really hard for the kids to control themselves from laughing with their friends, who were right in front of them staring at them in an awkward way.
In addition to other exercises on self- control, there was also an activity voice. They were told to make noises at different levels of volume, ranging from swan noises to pronouncing “ttttt” sound in different ways. Another twist was to say tongue twisters. Well that just put off most people because it was really very hard, “Red cart, Yellow cart”. Even though it was hard for the kids, our expert Gaytri ma’am could do it as if she was born to do it.
And last but not the least, to assess how much they had learned Gaytri ma’am asked some selected students to sing out their lines from the play. That was really fun. They all sang out in different tunes.
All in all, it was one good workshop that helped the children understand that drama is no child’s play. Also, it helped them understand the seriousness of the play they were about to enact.


- By Dhruv Jhamb

Giving Credit to the Person who deserves it

Who do you think handles all the administrative work for the Form Evening? Who handles all the technical work necessary for the smooth functioning of the event? Who orders the costumes? The Production Team? NO! Like most others, if you think that the production team performs all the tasks written above, think again. The person who does this all is, Virender Sir! When I got back from writing my report, we decided to interview Virender sir, so that we could bring forward unheard facts. Therefore, we left the library and headed towards Virender Sir’s office. On entering, we found Virender sir scurrying around, doing some work. We asked him if we could get an interview with him, but regretfully, got ‘no’ as an answer. We were told to come back the next day. Sir was busy doing some work related to the Form Evening. He had a slip in his hand and was ordering something. We were surprised to see how much involved Sir was in the preparation of the Form Evening. Until then, we were oblivious of his role in the Form Evening. Even though he is not performing on stage, he has many responsibilities to shoulder. I guess there is more to the Form Evening than meets the eye.

- Arya Goyal (VI B) Aryaman Pruthi (VI C)

55 Common Phrases/Words Used During the Form Evening Practice


Hurled from every direction, from everyone involved, we tried to compile a list of commonly heard phrases/words during the Middle School Form Evening Practice. It conveys a narrative of its own. Take a look:
1. Tu kisme hai?
2. Sit Down
3. Aa jaa
4. Chal uska naam lagaate hai
5. What’s your name?
6. Where are you going?
7. Get lost!
8. I am in Production. You can’t say anything to me.
9. Kyaa samajhta hai apne aap ko!
10. Come to Swarna ma’am
11. I can’t believe it
12. Hat jao…..
13. We do not have a choice….
14. Chup reh!
15. What are you doing?
16. Tell ma’am na
17. Oh my God!
18. Yes!!
19. Kya kar raha hai?
20. No!
21. I told you
22. Oh really
23. Are you a reporter
24. Sorry!
25. Hatt!
26. Ssshhhh!!
27. Keep Quiet
28. Use your common sense!
29. Are you crazy?!
30. Shut up!
31. Ma’am…..
32. Wait a second!
33. Ruk jaa!
34. Ok
35. Why are so many children roaming around in the corridor?
36. By the way…..
37. Anyways
38. Wait for me!
39. Don’t run around!
40. Are you in production?
41. Vote for Shreya!
42. Magical Mystery Tour
43. Nahi….
44. So What?
45. I have no idea…..
46. I can’t help it.
47. Where is your practice being held?
48. Tum log kisme ho?
49. What?
50. Chale jaa!
51. Why are you loitering around?
52. Jaldi, jaldi!
53. I’ll tell Vijyashree ma’am
54. Are yaar!
55. Find her!
The juggler who would be performing in the opening dance has been a mystery. However nothing escapes the eyes and ears of the SBS Reporters. The juggler is Aryan Rawal of 8 B . He is an expert in juggling and would be juggling three cosco balls with both his hands. He would juggle the balls continuously for thirty times. He is also a part of the group forming the pyramids which just adds another feather to his cap . His juggling would certainly leave the audience gaping at his skills. He is surely getting quite adept at juggling! May he juggle away all his roles in life with such finesse!

- Varenya Gupta 8 B
Reporting on the Reporters. Tailing reporters and writing reports ON THEM. Spying on them. So now we are reporters- cum- spies! And the best part is that they don’t know that we’re following them! Today, we are in our first day of writing reports on other reporters. We are currently following Verenya who is in the tabla room where the orchestra and choir practices are happening. He is sitting silently in a corner writing his report on the practices. We envy him as he gets to listen to such melodious voices almost every day! We also managed to get an exclusive interview with Uday Ahuja, of class 6-b, who is about to meet Abha Adams ma’am, the director of the Form Evening:

Q) You are about to interview Abha ma’am. How are you feeling?
A) (ANSWER IN POETIC FORM)

Every bone in my body is rigid
Weakness has come to my knees.
Everything is blurred and distorted as far as my eyes can see.
And I am saying “O Geez!”
To sum it all up, it was fun to write a report on reporters.


- ARYA GOYAL OF CLASS VI-B & ARYAMAN PRUTHI OF CLASS VI-C
We just had to see what had become of the projection team. Therefore, we trooped off towards the Computer Lab 2, hopeful to get some juicy information on their practices. Projections’ is all about researching on topics given to you and compiling them. Then your research work will be screened on the Form Evening day. Last time, there were very good topics and the research was going very well, so we expect the same this time. We entered the room and took a seat beside Aravind of class 7-B and Ryaan of class 7-A. They were fighting. But, after they calmed down, we managed to get an exclusive interview with them:

Q) What is your topic to research on?
A) Our topic is finding pictures on Albert Einstein and researching on super photosynthesis.

Q) How much progress have you made till now?
A) We have completed approximately ¼ of our research work.

Q) Are you finding projections interesting?
A) A lot! More than you think.

Q) Do you think projections will help you later on in life?
A) Surely! If I take computers and research, projections will really help me.

We feel that the children are making productive use of their time. They are keenly researching on their given topics. But, the practice on Day 5 was surely much more organised. Last time, the children were talking very less compared to today where they were blabbering! Overall, the practice today was very good and we enjoyed the experience of reporting on it. We also have had a chance to get an exclusive interview with Sai Sir (conductor of the projections practice:

Q) Do you think that the children are making good progress and finding interesting information in the class?
A) Yes, very much.

Q) Do you think that the children are learning new things?
A) Yes, they certainly are learning a lot about futuristic visions and science and it is very educational and informative for them.

Q) Why did you opt for teaching projections?
A) I was given projections; I did not opt for it. But still, even if I was given the option of opting for what I would like to teach, I would chose projections as I was in it last year and hope that I can improve from the last time. I like projections.



- ARYA GOYAL OF CLASS VI-B & ARYAMAN PRUTHI OF CLASS VI-C
The much awaited Form Evening has a lot in store for each one of its spectators. It is expected to showcase 269 students in hues that are surely going to enliven the festival’s ambience. Here’s a look at who is doing what in the event:

Unit 1 opens the glorious act and it showcases 6 clowns, 12 puppeteers, a whopping 32 opening dancers and a majestic band containing 10 people. This is followed by Unit 2 which has the interaction with the clowns. The clowns are the same as Unit 1.

Next comes the Unit 3 which displays 6 Einstein’s and some clowns. Thereafter comes Unit 4, taking us through the theory of E=MC2. There are 6 Einstein’s and 34 dancers participating in this unit.

We see the theory of Quantum physics in Unit 5. This unit consists of 7 clowns, 18 Protons+ Skater Photons and 18 Electrons+ Skater Electrons. The revered Cosmic Dance of Shiva or the Tandava is displayed next in Unit 6. There are 8 clowns and 21 dancers in this unit.

Unit 7 takes us through the different dimensions we exist in. There are the clowns of Unit 6 and 3 moms and 3 teenagers showcasing this unit. Unit 8 takes us across the Universe. There is Shaurya singing his solo in this unit.

DNA and River out of Eden are the two acts put up in Units 9 and 10. 5 Clowns, 9 DNA actors, 5 children singing the River out of Eden poem and 23 dancers are putting up this unit.

Unit 11 takes us through the amazing String Theory and contains the same clowns of Units 1, 2, 3 and 4, 2 rappers, 21 Hip- Hop dancers and 24 String Theory dancers.

Finally, the play meets its end with Unit 12 which puts up the Finale, consisting of 8 Clowns and the Finale Dancers. 269 may sound like an overwhelming number, but considering the number of students involved in managing the event from backstage, the figure seems like a droplet in the vast ocean!

- Arya Goyal VI B
Everybody was very excited. Finally, the practices had moved out of the confinement of the four walls of the room and had gone on- stage. The first team to have this pleasure was the Drama Team. Our team of reporters headed towards the Amphitheatre with Disha ma’am and started watching the rehearsal. Here is what all of us observed:

1) Disha ma’am (English Teacher) - I really like the way Gayatri ma’am is involved in the practice. It is nice to see the children who otherwise create ruckus in the class do something productive and practice their roles diligently.

2) Arya Goyal (VI-B) – I like to see the practice in full swing and go on- stage. The children are rehearsing their roles so skilfully and with tons of expression. They have progressed a lot since we saw them last time and I hope they keep on moving forward like this. Keep it up our young actors!!

3) Tarini Singh (VI-C) – I like the way the practice is happening and how the children who are not on stage are waiting patiently for their turn. Even the lazy people are up and about.

4) Ananya Agarwal (VI-D) – I feel the practice is going very well as everyone is audible and focused.

5) Aryaman Pruthi (VI-C) – I feel that the children are practicing well and are very obedient. The teachers are conducting the practice very well.

- Arya Goyal VI B
After reaching the amphitheatre the reporters were all given different topics to report on. This was the first that the Drama practice was happening at the Amphitheatre:

1) Tarini Singh- (Photography)

There was a boy sitting who seemed to be idle. Suddenly, I noticed he had a camera in his hands. He was being very discreet and sneaky. He clicked pictures of people without telling them or even letting them notice. This is the best way of capturing moments because if the people will know that they are being photographed, they will start posing and act artificial. Everybody was behaving like their normal self. The photographer went around quietly clicking the pictures of the dramatists.

2) Uday Ahuja- (On- stage performers)

Our young actors were acting ever so skilfully. Their expressions and voice modulation was amazing. Gayatri ma’am was correcting them wherever needed though they were giving her very few opportunities to do so. They had still not memorised their lines and were reading out from their scripts, hence, they hesitated a bit. Otherwise, the practice was very interesting and had my rapt attention till it was disrupted by Abha ma’am as a child nudged her (figuratively) for a better role.

3) Ananya Agarwal- (Off- stage people)

The people off- stage were relaxing as they didn’t have any tasks at hand. There were some confused people talking to Abha ma’am. Even the skaters were there. They were waiting for further instructions from Abha ma’am. The people off- stage were eagerly waiting for their roles to come.

4) Aryaman Pruthi- (Teachers)

Abha ma’am and Gayatri ma’am were working hard to perfect the practice. Any mistake made by the children was immediately corrected by Gayatri ma’am. Abha ma’am was calling the clowns and discussing their parts with them. The teachers were putting their full effort in the practice. We salute you teachers!



- Arya Goyal VI B
Today we decided to go to the hip hop practices being held in the Indian Music Room. As we entered the room we noticed that apart from a handful of students and the teacher, we were the first people in. Out of twenty, only five had turned up for the practice session. Slowly, we witnessed students trickling in at their own leisurely pace. There was confusion all around. Half the students were clueless, as they had missed out on the previous practice session. While some of them had forgotten their steps. Instead of practicing, they broke out into arguments about everything, including dance. Feeling flustered, the dance teacher was in fix about which beat to follow to make the children step up to the tempo! We wish you luck, ma'am!
P.S. We hope that students pull their socks up (figuratively) before they take them off (literally).

- Uday Ahuja VI B
As part of our assigned task, we headed to the CLT room to capture a glimpse of the third day of Drama practice. Eager as we were, we couldn’t experience the practice first hand as Abha ma’am restricted us from entering the room. She thought that maybe we would hinder their practice. We decided to stand outside and take a peek of what was happening from the window. The children were standing in a semi- circle and rehearsing their lines turn- by- turn. With expressions on their faces, the young children of grades 6, 7 and 8 are speaking confidently. They still hadn't memorized their lines as it was still in its elementary stage of practice, but we are sure that they won’t let us down! They were heard chanting the words 'D in DNA, N in DNA, A in DNA'. Any mistakes they made were being corrected by Abha ma’am, who was conducting the practice.