Chrysalis, the annual youth fest of Delhi Public School Ruby Park, Kolkata, was held on 6th July 2019 in the school premises. Fifteen schools including the host team participated in this much awaited interschool event which entered its 8th chapter.
The fest was initiated by Ms. Joyoti Chaudhuri, Principal, Delhi Public School Ruby Park, who spoke on how organising a fest teaches students valuable life skills. They learn to have a vision and to work together in harmony as a team to turn that vision into reality.
Along with gripping events like Inquizition (quiz), Aperture (photography), Slam Dunk (basketball), Kick-Off (football), Ping Pong (table tennis), Cerebral Conundrum (debate), Let’s Make Money (trading event), Checkmate (chess), Pitch Perfect (product pitching), One Minute To Fame (talent Show) and Allegro (western band), the school hosted unique events like Cuisine Challenge (no fire cookery), Graffito (graffiti making) and Mind Matters (a psychology event). The latter was a first in the school fest circuit in the city.
Gracing the occasion as judges were eminent personalities from various walks of life.
Stalwarts from the business world like Mr. Pritam Kumar and Mr. Venu Gopal Mukkamala, eminent photographers Mr. Prodyut Bhattacharjee and Mr. Siddhartha Ghosh, artist Mr. Biswanath Dasgupta, chefs Mr. Gopal Sethi and Mr. Nikhil Merchant, musicians Mr. Rahul Haldar and Mr. Avik Ganguly, experts in psychology Mrs. Shakuntala Biswas and Mrs. Rashmi Mantri, entrepreneur Ms. Swati Gautam, well known theatre aficionado Ms. Gitanjali Alagh and Mr. S.V. Raman, a name to reckon with in the debating circle .Ms. Sharmishtha Dasgupta, Mr. Debashis Bose and Mr. Jimmy Tangree luminaries of the media world were present as judges for Pitch Perfect, Aperture, Graffito, Cuisine Challenge, Allegro, Mind Matters, Cerebral Conundrum and One Minute to Fame respectively.
Renowned quizmaster Mr. Samanway Banerjee conducted ‘Inquizition’, the quiz programme of the day.
The participating schools were Calcutta International School, Abhinav Bharti High School, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, The Heritage School, Delhi Public School Newtown, Delhi Public School North Kolkata, Sushila Birla Girls’ School, Mahadevi Birla Shishu Vihar, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Akshar School, Future Campus School, South City International School, Apeejay School, Park Street and the host school, Delhi Public School Ruby Park.
Organising an event of such magnitude requires hard work and dedication by the students as well as their mentors. Such a platform inculcates confidence in young, ambitious minds and imparts invaluable life skills.
For the first time, the fest was organised in association with The Telegraph Young Metro and 91.9 Friends FM, and like the previous years it was a grand success. It provided a great platform for the students to showcase both their talents and leadership qualities and helped motivate the young minds to ‘Rise from Within’.
‘Cerebral Conundrum’, the Inter-School debate, saw Mahdevi Birla World Academy emerge as the victors followed by DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL ,RUBY PARK and THE HERITAGE SCHOOL sharing the runner-up position. Allegro, the western band event, was won by DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL , RUBY PARK. The winner for Mind Matters, the Psychology Event was DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, RUBY PARK. Cuisine Challenge, the no fire cookery event saw DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, RUBY PARK take the first position. The event on photography, Aperture, was won by RAMAKRISHNA MISSION VIDYALAYA, NARENDRAPUR. The Talent Show, One Minute to Fame was won by KANISHK DESAI of DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, RUBY PARK. Slamdunk, the basketball event saw both the boys as well as the girls teams of DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL , RUBY PARK emerge victorious, while in Kick-Off, the inter-school football for boys, DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL RUBY PARK took away the trophy. In Ping Pong, Table tennis, DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, RUBY PARK took the first prize for boys as well as for girls. Checkmate, the chess tournament was won by LAKSHMIPAT SINGHANIA ACADEMY. In In’Quiz’ition, the inter-school Quiz, DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, NEW TOWN emerged victorious. Graffito, the graffiti event was won by DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, RUBY PARK. In Pitch Perfect, the Product Pitching event, DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL , NEW TOWN & THE HERITAGE SCHOOL were the joint winners. In ’Let’s make Money’, an event on trading simulation, DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL , RUBY PARK emerged winners.
THE HERITAGE SCHOOL emerged the second runner-up while SUSHILA BIRLA GIRLS’ SCHOOL finished as first runner-up. DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL , RUBY PARK took the trophy for overall champions but passed it on to the first runner-up in a gracious gesture.