In an effort to rejuvenate rivers in our country, Spiritual Guru Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has launched a ‘Rally for Rivers’ initiative. The initiative was flagged off in Coimbatore in presence of eminent people. The initiative, launched by Isha Foundation, comes at a time rivers of our country going dry and many cities are facing water shortage problems. The rally will start from Kanyakumari on 3rd Septemberand will culminate in New Delhi on October 2 after covering 16 states and 7,000 km.

              To support this “Rally for Rivers” Alagar Public School hosted ‘Talentia 2017’ for the school students and college students in and around Tuticorin with the theme “Water for Life”. Nearly 14 schools and 6 colleges participated in 28 events and showed their talents in various aspects.

              Registration for the participants started at 8:30am. The Inaugural Programme began at 9:30 am.      Mr.A.P.C.V.Chockalingam, Secretary VOC College, was the chief guest. The Chief Guest encouraged the theme of the program “Water for Life”. He said Ganga, Krishna, Narmada, Kaveri – many of our great rivers are depleting fast. If we do not act now, the legacy we hand over to the next generation will be one of conflict and deprivation. These rivers nurtured and nourished us for thousands of years. It is time we nurture and nourish them back to health. Mr. Arul Jesuraj welcomed the gathering. He ensured everyone to pledge their support for “Rally for Rivers” by giving missed call to 80009 80009.   The Chief Guest appreciated and motivated the participants for the various competitions.

             The competitions started at 10:30am in various Class rooms, Gallery, Auditorium, Computer Lab, Language Lab and Lobby. 20 judges were invited to test the talents of the participants.


             Students from various schools and colleges participated enthusiastically in all events. They expressed their talents in their speech, creative writing, dance, singing, miming, art etc. The Winners of all the competitions were announced by the concerned judges on the stage. All the judges appreciated the talents of the participants. They felt proud to be a part of this program and pledged their support towards “Rally for Rivers.” Mr.Shankar one among the judges said that he got into confusion to choose the winners, as all the participants has performed equally well. He suggested the management to give saplings as prizes for the winners to inculcate the importance of nature. Mr.Ervin a judge for the music program sang a song on stage as a guest performance. The competitions came to an end at 4pm.

         The Valedictory Function started at 4:30pm. Haji.T.E.S.Fathu  Rabbani, Managing Director Syed Group of Companies and Mr. Muthalanguruchi Kamaraj, a Tamil writer were the chief guests. Haji.T.E.S. Fathu Rabbani shared his ideas about “Water for Life”. He highlighted that India’s rivers are undergoing a drastic change. Due to the pressures of population and development, our perennial rivers are becoming seasonal. Many of the smaller rivers have already vanished. Flood as well as drought are becoming increasingly frequent, as rivers turn unruly during the monsoon, and vanish once the rainy season is over. He pledged his support to “Rally for Rivers”. Mr. Muthalangurichi Kamaraj termed the rally as a ‘historic’ event and expressed sadness at the condition of rivers condition of Indianrivers.

        Ms. Malliga welcomed the gathering; the chief guests distributed the prizes to the winners and the certificates to the participants. Sakthi Vinayagar Hindu Vidhylayam won the Rolling Trophy with 130 points for School Level Competitions and V.O.C.College won the Rolling Trophy with 79 points for College Level Competitions. Ms. Mangala Gayathri proposed the Vote of thanks. The Program came to an end at 7.30 p.m. The Management, Principal, Staff and Students of Alagar Public School made all the arrangements for the programme.


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