Dressed in their traditional East Indian wear with matching accessories, students of Windermere Private School put on a Divali show for their parents and grandparents at the school’s compound in San Fernando on Monday.
The one-hour show started with the students singing their school anthem “It’s a Beautiful Day.”
Erin Misir and Les Kissoondath lit a deya to start the function, which began with an invocational dance from the school’s East Indian dance instructor Kajal.
The two-year-olds from Nursery did a dance called Infobells while Lower Kindergarten did an acrostic on the meaning of Divali. Grade One students then showed off their dancing skills as they performed the Hindi songs Aaja Nachle and Bholay Chudiyan, while students from Pre-Kindergarten One and Two sang a Divali song called Divali is Here.
There were also poems from Grades 3 and 2 as well as a song called Dil Ki Divali from the Grade Fours. The show ended with the Grade Fives who qualified for the Sanfest finals with their dance Mangalam Ganesham.
Principal Laureen Debance-Misir said it was important to hone the skills and talents of the children from an early age.
“You have to expose them to different things so that they can see what they love and what they’re good at,” Debance-Misir said.
Describing the students as gems, Debance-Misir urged parents to continue to invest in their children. She also showered praises on her teachers who worked with the children to teach them group and individual performances.
Following the show, parents were treated to lunch and East Indian delicacies.