Indian School Muscat (ISM) hosted and won the overall championship trophy at the 11th Jhankaar Spectrum 2017, an Inter-School panorama of cultural events, held on Thursday, 2nd November at the school premises. Being the host school, ISM graciously handed over the championship trophy to the First Runners-up, Indian School Salalah. Indian School Wadi Kabir was declared the Second Runners-up. Sixteen Indian Schools from the Sultanate competed for the overall trophy, participating in a flurry of events. The mega event commenced with lighting of the lamp by His Excellency Shri Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman. Dr. Thashli Thankachen, Convener, Indian School Muscat Management Committee (SMC), Mr. Shameer PTK, Chairperson-SMC (Sports), Dr. Rajeev Kumar Chauhan, Principal, Mr. Saji Nair, Senior Vice Principal (Admin) and Mr. Eskalin Gonsalves, Event Manager (Jhankaar Spectrum 2017) in presence of other respected members of SMC, Advisor to the Principal, Vice Principals, Assistant Vice Principals, other dignitaries, parents, teachers, students and well wishers.
Coordinator of Co-curricular Activities welcomed the gathering and encouraged the students to participate with the spirit of true sportsmanship. He thanked His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said for his benevolence showered on the Indian community living in the Sultanate of Oman. The inaugural ceremony set the perfect tone for the day with a beautiful rendition of prayer song by the school choir followed by an impressive choreography by the students of ISM, titled ‘Jhankaar Light’.
The contingents of the participating schools proudly marched into the auditorium with their respective school flags. The ‘Oath’ was administered by the Coordinator for Public Relations.
Dr. Rajeev Kumar Chauhan accompanied His Excellency Shri Indra Mani Pandey in hoisting the ‘Jhankaar Flag’. His Excellency shared that Jhankaar Spectrum provided a wonderful platform for the students endowed with different talents from various schools to meet, interact and exhibit their potentials. He advised the students to make use of the opportunity to learn about the diverse cultures and urged the educational fraternity to focus not only on academic pursuits but also to emphasize on extracurricular activities, as they de-stressed the students from the academic pressure and helped them to perform better. He appreciated ISM’s initiative of having launched Hydroponics Project, the first of its kind among the Indian Schools in the Sultanate.
1460 students unveiled their talents as they competed in 28 events (Contemporary Dance, Indian Classical Dance, Street Play, Indian Folk Song, Western Choral Singing, Essay Writing in English, Western Keyboard, Flip in English, Graffiti Making, Rock Band, Indian Folk Dance, Bharatnatyam, Junk Music, Western Vocal, Poetry Recitation in English & Hindi, Elocution in English (Junior & Senior), Essay Writing in English (Junior & Senior), Short Movie Making, T.V Ad Creation, Digital Photography & Album Making, Rangoli, Collage and Indian Light Vocal), at different venues within the school premises. Qualified judges from areas of expertise adjudicated the performance of the students.
The Chief Guest for the valedictory function was Mr. Wilson V. George, Chairman, Board of Directors (BoD) of Indian Schools in the Sultanate of Oman. Mr. N. Omanakuttan, President, SMC and other respected members of the SMC also presided at the function. Mr. Wilson George honored the prize winning schools with mementos & certificates and congratulated all the participants for their hard work and impeccable performances. He added, “The younger generation are born to excel and will take the humanity to greater heights.” The valedictory function featured colorful cultural items including the performance from the prize winning teams. Mr. Eskalin Gonsalves presented the Jhankaar report and appreciated the students for exhibiting their innate talents that led to implausible achievements. He thanked all the sponsors for their generous contributions to organize this mega event.