Dikshant students present play ‘Pygmalion’ on Founder’s Day

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NewZNew (Zirakpur) : Dikshant International School, Zirakpur held its 14th Founder’s Day Function at the Indradhanush Auditorium in  Panchkula. Students of the Senior Wing staged George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’, based on a classical myth.  The play is a charming tale of the complex human relationships in a social world; it deals with an odd relationship between Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins and a cockney girl, Eliza Doolittle.

The dramatic performance ‘Pygmalion’ was the most riveting showcase of the evening. The play was immaculately presented by students with an outstanding live rendition by the cast, singers and dancers. This turned the play into a visual feast.  “We had brought in Gursharan Singh, who is a Theatre stalwart & is a former dean of activities Doon School, Dehradun to direct the young actors. The play was also scripted by him. The show received a thunderous applause by everyone present in the audience.” Said Mitul Dikshit, Chairman, Dikshant International School, Zirakpur.

Prof Suresh Naik –Chairman International Space Society & former Group Director ISRO graced the occasion as Chief Guest while N K Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab Government was the Guest of Honour.

The inaugural ceremony commenced with the auspicious lighting of the lamp and a floral tribute to founder of the school Late Shri O. N. Dikshit. The programme embarked with a welcome dance recital, Shiv Stuti. Prof Suresh Naik enlightened the audience and students with his thought provoking speech.

The programme also included presentation of the school report and distribution of annual awards by honorable guests and chairman to students, teachers and other staff members for all round proficiency. Saurav Bajaj, the school captain in his speech reflected his experience as a Dikshantian.

Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw about a sculpture which comes alive, derived from a Greek legend. It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913. Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins make a bet that he can train a bedraggled cockney flower girl Elissa Dolittle, to pass for a Duchess at an Ambassador’s garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a satire of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women’s independence.