A group of twelve students from classes VII- XI participated in Xinjiang International Children’s Art Festival in Urumqi,China from 21st -27th July 2015.The festival was organised by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Delhi Public School Gurgaon had the honour of representing not only the state but the country as well. We were the only school that participated from India.
There were 400 students from Xinjiang, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Turkmenistan, Korea, India and Pakistan who showcased their talent in the field of performing art. The festival also included site visits to Karamay - the oil city, the state Science and Technology Museum, where delegates tried their hand at various interesting science activities. The black mountains with the small oil wells to understand extraction of crude oil and the famous seven dragon pond etc.
The festival was inaugurated with great fan -fare with delegates walking the red carpet with their country/ team plates in their traditional costumes along with the teacher escorts. The art festival got together children of different countries and cultural background on one platform powered by comraderie. Students of DPS, Gurgaon performed 'Triveni'- the confluence depicting the true essence of the event. Arya Yadav painted the colours of confluence while the dancers blended three classical dance forms, Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Odissi enthralling the audience.
The dance troupes then moved to the neighbouring city,Karamay and our group performed ' Manglam'- peace abound ( chau and bharatnatyam ) and instantly were the most sought after group by the radio and television reporters.The students also got a glimpse of the Chinese cuisine through the Annual food festival which had around 500 pavilions.
The festival concluded with all the troupes presenting their classical, folk and traditional dances.
Our students presented a fusion of Gujrati and Rajasthani folk dance with Arya painting live on the stage bringing the varied colours of India to life through his brush and paints. The festival was indeed an enriching experience for the students and teachers alike.
' Life is an art, whether you express through dance, music or painting'.The sixth international children's art festival was an earnest attempt by the Urumqui governing body to bring together the multicultural diversity of China and the neighbouring countries .