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Letter from Fr. Francis Peter S.J.

The ‘trans creation’ of Tagore’s famed Kabuliwala staged by you yesterday is no cotton candy; it is a beating heart that laid bare in 90 minutes,a long, arduous preparation in a burst of songs, tableaux with such realistic props, dances in period costumes and dialogues in multiple languages.

 

The performance enthralls the audience with a strong message of hope, of harmony, a vision of the possible -of a ‘world without walls’at a time when there is no peace in the world, and hatred mocks the song of peace on earth, goodwill to men! The play captures the underlying deep spirituality, the common sacred core enshrined by the different religions. Yes another world is possible, is the message the packed audience take home.

“Kabuliwala - O - Kabuliwala ! What’s there in your bag ?  Elephants !” 

This eternal tale of the friendship between a precocious little girl and a gigantic Pathan with a golden heart has enthralled readers for generations.
In ‘The Kabuliwala - an adaption’  we shall explore the deep human emotions and the evolving human relationships that form the theme of Tagore’s story.

What made the Kabuliwala leave his home in the hills and come down to an alien country year after year ? Was it only to earn a few rupees or were there some deeper bonds that tugged at him ? What did Mini the little girl see in the huge hulk ? What was the thread of bonding which saw this unique friendship between the two ?

Rehman entices Mini with dry fruits and savories. Her father is anxious that he has not paid for them.

What was going on with the family of the Kabuliwala back in Afghanistan while he was languishing in jail ? Did he get to finally see his own daughter ? Did she also shy away from him like Mini did ? Is a Muslim father any different from a Hindu father ? Does a Muslim father not suffer the pain and anguish that a Hindu father does ?

Our play will explore all this and more , through a dance and music combination.

We shall strive to showcase Indian culture , evolving relationships and communal harmony.

Gerald DurrellLoyola again took a path less traveled.

It has honoured a renowned environmentalist and an author, Gerald Durrell. “My Family and Other Animals’ is the most famous of his 37 books. It was even prescribed for Senior Cambridge literature.

Loyola is the only Gerald Durrell Centre in India. It has been set up with the objective of creating an awareness towards sensitizing students on the delicate environment. Loyola Durrell Centre, which has 27 titles is probably one of the fewer schools that own so many titles, some of them out of print. We have movies and also documentaries on how to save creatures on the verge of extinction.

Frank Anthony All India Inter School Debate CompetitionOn the 24th of September, 2015, the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) had organized the National Finals of the prestigious Frank Anthony Memorial All-India Inter School Debate Competition. The debate was held in Carman School, Dehradun. This debate, which is held every year, is conducted in 3 rounds – the Preliminary Regional round, followed by the Zonal and finally the Nationals. There are two categories – Category I for seniors and Category II for the juniors. This year, Loyola School managed to reach and National Finals in both the categories and secure the 1st Runners-Up and the 2nd Runners-Up position in Categories I and II respectively. 

Events and Competitions

The Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter School Debate

Loyola proved its mettle once again as it won the Stage - II of the prestigious Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter School Debate Competition in both the Senior and Junior categories - thereby qualifying for the national finals to be held in Carman Residential and Day School, Dehradun on the 24th of September. 

We were represented by Ritwik Mehta (XII) and Muskan Mascharak (XI) in Category-I which was for the seniors. The competition was held at KSMS, Sakchi and the topic given to them was - ‘The purpose of society has lost its significance.’ A total of 8 schools from 5 states had participated out of which Loyola was declared the best team. Ritwik Mehta was also awarded the 1st Runners-Up Speaker Position.