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The Hindu Students’ Movement of Trinity College Kandy collaborated with their teachers on the 23rd of October 2023, to stage ‘Vaani Vizha’ (வாணி விழா), a grand celebration held at the College Hall. This special event was dedicated to honoring Navratri (நவராத்திரி), a ten-day festival that embodies values of courage, prosperity, and wisdom. Notably, the festivities coincided with Vijayadashami (விஜயதசமி), the auspicious and final day of Navratri.
The ‘Vaani Vizha’ began with fervent prayers, blessings, and worship to invoke divine blessings upon the school and its students. Grade 11 students beautifully sang the ‘pancha puranam,’ a sacred hymn that radiated holiness. This was followed by the mesmerizing ‘sagalagala valli malai,’ a song deeply connected to Navarathri.
The event commenced with an enlightening introductory film that delved into the history and significance of Navarathri. Master Jihan Jaswinth, the president of the Hindu Students’ Movement, extended a warm welcome to all attendees and introduced a series of captivating performances that encapsulated the essence of this cherished tradition. The audience was enthralled by the melodious tunes of the veenai, a revered cultural instrument.
The young talents of grades 6 and 7 took the stage with a lively welcome dance, adding a splash of colour and rhythm to the proceedings. Mr. Ravindran’s devotional song conveyed profound spirituality, and a riveting play showcased the talents of eighth and ninth-grade students. A soulful bajana performance moved the hearts of the audience.
The event also marked the launch of the annual magazine, a moment of pride that celebrated literary achievements within the Trinity College community. Grade 12 students dazzled the audience with a dance performance that celebrated diversity and unity, while outstanding intra-school and inter-school achievements were recognized.
Mr. Krishanathan Anthonydas, the vice principal, delivered an inspiring speech in Tamil, and the ancient art of villu pattu added a touch of folklore to the event. The cultural vitality and joy of the day culminated in a stunning dance performed by Grade 13 students.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to Principal Rev. Fr. Araliya Jayasundara OSB, Vice Principal Mr. Krishannthan Anthonydas, and Teacher In-Charge Mrs. Nalini Udayakumaran for their guidance in the organisation of this remarkable event.
“Vaani Vizha” stands as a shining testament to Trinity College’s commitment to promoting and honoring multicultural traditions, exemplifying the diversity and talents that flourish within our university.