“A new star rises, the star of freedom in the east, a new hope comes into being, a vision long cherished materialises. May the star never set and that hope never be betrayed by!”
Freedom was infused with new meanings on the morning of 12th August 2016 in Lady Shri Ram College for Women, as it celebrated India’s 70th Independence Day. The morning began with the flag hoisting ceremony, and was followed by a march by the National Cadet Cops of the college. Dr. Suman Sharma, Principal, then initiated the new NCC cadets’ oath to serve their country to the best of their ability. Dr. Sharma’s inspirational speech enlightened the students and the staff present, about how each one of us have three mothers; “our first mother, is the one who gave us birth; the second mother is our alma mater, and our third mother, is our mother country”, said Dr. Sharma.
After concluding the flag hoisting ceremony with the release of tri-coloured balloons into the air, proceedings shifted to the auditorium. Different societies of Lady Shri Ram College portrayed the many hues of freedom on stage with their respective performances. The instrumentalists of LSR began the show by playing the mellifluous tunes of Vande Mataram and Manjha. After this, the Elocution Society presented a satirical piece about different perspectives on freedom and nationalism, raising complex and significant questions.
Following this was a soulful performance of the song Waving Flag by Western Music Society, and the first collaborative performance of the Indian Music Society and the Dance Society. The Dramatics Society then riveted everyone in the audience, with their production focusing on the many freedoms yet to be achieved by us. Lastly, Projekt-the film society of LSR in collaboration with Expressions, screened their production ‘I Can’t Draw Straight Lines’. The sensitive film received much appreciation for its portrayal of societal norms that curtail the freedom to love.
The programme concluded with a speech by the Students’ Union members, wishing everyone a happy Independence Day.