by Ashwini Gupte
MUMBAI, FEB 8, 2017: The platinum years of Don Bosco High School, Matunga were encapsulated through a journey down memory lane as the school celebrated its Annual Thanksgiving with the musical 'Don Bosco Lives On' on February 4 and 5.
In a marked difference from previous editions of the event, this year a simple LED screen was used as a backdrop as opposed to the pomp and splendour of elaborate sets that have been used for musicals staged in Matunga in the past.
However the grandeur of the event was unveiled and captured through a sublime experience – conceptualised by the director, Avit Dias. Former rectors, principals, retired and current staff, sports coaches, house helps, transport coordinators, even the children's dabbawalas -- all of whom have played their part in the lives of students -- shared fond memories, on screen and by speaking live on stage.
Generations of alumni -- ranging from doctors, engineers, actors, sportsmen, radio jockeys, ministers to youth yet discovering their footing in life - spoke of the timeless and enriching love affair with their alma mater that had helped in their formation. They gave thanks to the founder, Saint John Bosco, Father Aurelius Maschio and worthy pioneers and their teachers.
Interspersed with these touching reminiscences, the students sang and danced to the most popular songs from musicals staged in the past, accompanied by the ex-students, the original singers from those very musicals.
A customary felicitation of the school's young achievers, retiring staff and silver jubilarians was also held. Deserving candidates received scholarships and the outgoing assistant head mistress, Beatrice Pinto, head teacher- Winifred Fernandes and LB Vishwakarma were commended for their dedication and selfless service.
The special jubilee event also paid tribute to former principals, whose foresight and innovative practices have helped the school reach the lofty position it is at today. The chief guest, an alumnus and renowned radiologist Doctor Bhavin Jhankaria and guest of honour, Gene D'Silva, founder and secretary, Jeevan Dhara graced the occasion.
The proceeds of the school 'Care and Share' Christmas Panorama programme which amounted to six lakhs rupees was presented to D'Silva for the needy children and youth under his care through his NGO, Jeevan Dhara.
Principal, Father Bernard Fernandes and his team were commended for the novel concept, its execution and the stellar performances of the students. Don Bosco indeed lives on through his marvellous legacy!