CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THE NOISE-First Day of the Christmas Panorama
-Ms. Susan Philip

The viewfinder captured the storied stage bereft of participants, a deserted quadrangle, a deafening silence, broken by the twitter of birds coming home to roost, a cluster of stars hanging from the school building and the iconic tree, to usher in the season of miracles, as the camera panned through the campus- a testament to the school having embraceda raft of changes to stay relevant and fit into the pandemic narrative. The events of the two day Christmas Panorama held on December 18 and 19,unfolded on the screens at students’ homes.
The theme for the Stylish Student of the Year held for Std.IX was ‘Stay Stylish Through Covid’. They reflected on the question posed : ‘How has Covid affected the fashion industry ?’ The contestants spoke of retail stores and fashion outlets being hit as customer behavior was changing, since they opted for sustainable fashion, footfalls dwindling as consumers turned to digital shopping. If some looked at fashion industries as problems solvers and as trying to regain their lost soul by turning eco-friendly, there was also a cautionary note as the viewers were warned about greenwashing and the backlash the fashion industries encountered because of their impact on nature. The ubiquitous Mask was used by contenders to make a style statement. Shubam Sawant from IX A disclosed, “I have done some online shopping during the lockdown. We cannot get exactly what we want as we cannot feel the texture of the product. I missed the perception we get on stage and the competitive atmosphere it offers:” Atharva Gajakosh, a science research student from IX B, said, “The experience this event offered me was rare. I am not keen on fashion, nor do I follow the latest trends. This contest nudged me out of my comfort zone and made me do acts which I thought I could not do”
The Salad Dressing Contest for Std X saw mini chefs and the uninitiated rustle up an assortment of salads for the viewers .Varun Elavia of Std XE who put together Seared Ahi Tuna Salad that boasted of delectable ingredients said, ” When young, I used to sit in the kitchen and go through the spice cabinet . Different cuisines and flavor combinations fascinate me. For the tuna salad, I tried out different dressings which would balance out the bitter peppery taste of the rocket leaves. I overcooked the fish the first time, but got it right for the second pieceā€ Mukund Wadkar from XC who put together ‘Salad on the Beach’ shared, “I started helping my mother when I was twelve. I have a fair judgment of the ingredients to be used with regards to taste, health benefits and how to serve salads in the most appealing way”
Christmas motifs featured on the cake decorations and the masks. Students of Stds. IX and X took part in star making, tree decorations, Hat Parade, Christmas symbols (Std IX) and also the crib presentation. Students sang carols and Christmas music ebbed and flowed as the recorded contests were presented on the screens

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