Come August 15 and the colours saffron green and white dominate the landscape. Independence Day at Kumarans, in Mallasandra, is a joint celebration by the ICSE and CBSE streams. Students and members of the Staff stood at attention awaiting the hoisting of the National Flag. Mrs. Deepa Sridhar, Principal of the CBSE stream, and Mrs. Jayasree Ramesh, Principal of the ICSE Stream hoisted the flag resulting in a shower of floral petals descending on to the assembly. The Indian Tricolour fluttered in the breeze and every heart swelled with pride and joy and everybody sang the National Anthem in unison. We then moved on to the Amphitheatre where the celebrations continue.

The students of both streams presented various cultural programmes that highlighted the themes of patriotism, freedom and independence. Melodious songs in different Indian languages, energetic and graceful dances in traditional and contemporary styles, fiery speeches were the highlights of the day. The rain gods also favoured us by not descending during the entire duration of the programme.

In the end Mrs. Deepa Sridhar, Principal of the CBSE stream, addressed the gathering and spoke eloquently about our responsibility to society and our country. After the vote of thanks everybody was given sweets. Thus the Independence Day celebrations inspired us all to be better citizens and remember the contribution of the leaders during the Freedom Struggle. Patriotism was indeed at its peak!