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YOCee E Paper Aug. 5 - 18, 2011

YOCee E Paper Aug. 5 - 18, 2011

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E Paper from YOCee - www.yocee.in, news website for Chennai's young people
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It’s celebration time at Sir Sivaswamy Kalalaya
 Nandini P.S.
Student Reporter 
Students dressed up as saints, sages,dancers and the like were walking allaround the premises of the MusicAcademy on the evening of July 22,2011.Yes, it was the Annual Day of SirSivaswami Kalalaya. The theme for thisyear was ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam –Universal Brotherhood’.The celebrations began with the choirfollowed by a play in Sanskrit.The play was about Shakuntala and howa sage advices her to go back to herhusband. Shakuntala is dismayed toleave her sisters, the trees, birds andanimals she had known for so long. Butin the end, she accepts the sage’s ad-vice and goes back to her husband.The next in the show was the Englishskit that portrayed the life of AurobindoGhosh, his meeting with the Mother,Meera Richard, and how Auroville atPondicherry came into being.How would it be if Thaayumanavar,Kunnakudi Mastan Saheb, Vallalar, andVeeramamunivar met each other?This was the central theme of the playin Tamil. It began with a young mannamed ‘Dhayanidhi’ who lives in thecity and hates his, according to him,old fashioned’, name.He happens to hear certain incidentsfrom the lives of Thaayumanavar, Kun-nakudi Mastan Saheb, Vallalar, andVeeramamunivar. He then learns theimportance of showing love and kind-ness to every creature, andrealises the meaning of his name too -‘Dhaya’ means ‘karunai’ or unlimitedlove, and ‘nidhi’ refers to wealth.The meeting followed next, for whichMr. N.C.Sridharan, Lawyer, NLP Con-sultant and Educationist, was the chiefguest. He said children must know whythey are doing about what they do. Hespoke about how one book, ‘UnlimitedPower’ by Anthony Robinson changed hislife.He said he was impressed by theperformance of the students, especiallytwo students who had played the role ofa leprosy patient and of a visually chal-lenged person in the Tamil play.
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A scene from the dance drama.
Photo: Nandini P.S.
Sishyastudentsreach out
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He was also impressed by the lip syncand coordination of the actors and theback stage narrators doing the voice-over.Sridharan then distributed prizes andscholarships to students who excelledin their academic performance.The post-meeting show commencedwith a dance – drama in Hindi showing
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Aug. 5 - 18, 2011
A Fortnightly Newsletter from
(www.yocee.in - news website forChennai’s young people)
Founder - editor
Revathi R
Student reporters teamfor the issue
Aditya KarekatteHamsika RIshan VenkatNandini P.S.Oviyaa TSmruthi SNikila Raman
Free circulation online atwww.yocee.in/epaper
Circulated through email toindividual subscribers
For Advertising & Sponsorship
Revathi98405 44629
Readers are advised to exercisecaution and use their discretion to visit theexternal websites mentioned in this news-letter.The content on the advertisements are theadvertisers. YOCee does not vouch any of their claims
Editorial office:
15, ‘Sri Padma’Karpagam Garden First Main Road Adyar,Chennai - 600 020
Email: editor@yocee.in
the human need for spiritual interven-tion in worldly activities and the finaltriumph of good over evil. A Bhara-thanatyam performance showing cer-tain scenes from the Ramayana, suchas the death of Jatayu, Vibhishanan-Ravanan’s brother joining Rama fol-lowed.The school Principal Smt. R.Arunabrought the curtains down by thankingall the students, parents and critics
It’s celebration time ...
for their valuable feedback.This year’s Annual Day of the school, amassive effort by 365 students, teachersand entire faculty, came to a close withthe National Anthem.
- - - - More photos on www.yocee.in Hamsika R
Student Reporter 
The elections for the academic year 2011-2012 to choose the School Pupil Leaderand his team of office bearers were heldin Vani Vidyalaya, Virugambakkam onJuly 6, 2011.Students filed their nominations and vol-untarily contested for the posts of Asst.School Pupil Leader, Asst. Sports Secre-tary, Asst. CulturalSecretary and Asst. Leaders of various houses.They were allowed to campaign for a
The new leaders of Vani Vidyalaya
week. These Assistants willbecome main leaders of theirrespective portfolio next yearand a fresh set of Assistantswill be elected.The voting rights are grantedfor students of class 8 to 12 inthe school. Teachers from theSocial Studies Departmentguided the students in voting.One of the teachers said, “Thisis a small demo of how to votewhen you have to vote in theassembly elections, when yougrow up.”When the results of the elections wereannounced, Sivarama Krishnan (Class 11)was elected as ASPL, Balaji Prasanna(Class 11) has become the Asst. SportsSecretary and Naveen (Class 11) gotelected as Asst. Cultural Secretary.The Asst. Captains of the four houses allfrom class 9 are:Diamond House – Subramanyam, RubyHouse – Anand, Emerald House –Minupriya and Saphire House – Nilavan
Bala Vidya Mandir has a new team
From left to right – Shruthi Bala(Asst. Sports Secretary), DiyaNaresh Rao (Asst. Head Girl),Shraddha B (Head Girl), SiddarthShrikanth (Head Boy) and IshanVenkat (Asst. Head Boy).Principal, Mrs. Sasikala Sriram(seated)
Aug. 5 - 18, 2011
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Photowalk for children
Explore two neighbourhoods in Chennai
The oldest railway station in Chennai, the fire temple, museumfor the math genius Ramanujan, the quiet green campus of Krishnamoorthy Foundation, Adyar Poonga, Brodie castle . . .Bring along your cameras and walk with us.Best pictures will be displayed at an exhibition.
Walk led by N. Ramaswamy, photo blogger.Hosted by YOCee
Walks on Aug. 13 and 14, 2011
Open to first 20 registrations.
Contact 98405 44629 (Revathi)
A Madras Day initiative.Check out all Madras Day events at
Capture Chennai
By Aditya Karekatte
Student Reporter 
 This term, students of 10B of SishyaSchool were sent to the Sava Samajam inTaramani for Social Work. Two teachers,Ms. Abha Jajoo, and Ms. NaliniPriyadarshee accompanied the section.The syllabus prescribed by the IndianCertificate of Secondary Education(ICSE) includes SUPW and Social Work,compulsory for classes 9, 10, 11, and 12.The objective of SUPW and Social work is to increase student’s awareness aboutlife. Activities offered under SUPW(Socially Useful and Productive Work)include tyre changing, glass painting,cooking, first aid, and many, many more.Social Work involves sending a sectionoutside school campus, to orphanages,and other organizations for the differentlyabled. This allows students to interactwith those less fortunate than themselves,and appreciate what difficulties othershave to go through. These interactionsoften end with donations to the organisa-tions in kind by the students.There are five SUPW and Social Work sessions per term, which totals 15 peryear. The Seva Samajam is an organisa-tion, and a school for underprivilegedchildren.Many of thesechildren includethose whose par-ents are in jail, andchildren who havebeen abandoned bytheir parents.Sishya studentsmostly interactedwith 2nd, 3rd and4th grade studentsof the SevaSamajam.Sessions such asorigami, mehendi,and nurseryrhymes singingwere conducted by Sishya students. Theboys seemed to love physical activity, andinsisted on playing tag, soccer, and evenbegged to be spun around in circles, apartfrom demanding a seemingly endlessnumber of piggyback rides.Interacting with the children at the SevaSamajam was a fruitful experience for all.Says Vijay R. of class 4, “I like it whenbig kids come to play with us. They teachus new things, and even carry me upsidedown.” Or one could even ask some of theSishya children. Just ask Pranav Nair,10B. “The visit to the Seva Samajamwas very enriching. It has given us anopportunity to interact with those lessfortunate than ourselves, and given us afresh perspective towards human rightsand values.”All said and done, SUPW and SocialWork should not be seen simply asanother fruitless exercise simply to get agood grade. Rather, it should be seen asan eye-opener - a glimpse into theoutside world.
Sishya students reach out
Students from Sishya at Seva Samaj
Photo: Arthi Rangaraj

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