Three-day International Arts Festival ‘Kaafila’ concludes with enthralling performances by students

NOIDA: The fourth edition of Shiv Nadar School Noida‘s annual international arts festival – Kaafila concluded after a successful three-day run of enthralling performances, workshops and talks. The multidisciplinary festival saw participation from 18 schools across the country and was themed around – ‘Taking Pride in Love’. The theme sought to recognize love as a human emotion that is both innate and natural and aimed to motivate young people to think beyond the limitations imposed by caste, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as other societal structures.
Eight competitive events and thirteen collaborative events were held across three days of the festival. While “Bread & Circuses” comprised of one-act plays, “Rhythmic Ringers” showcased various dance styles in one performance. “Fabric of Hue” a first-of-its-kind fashion competition explored sustainability in fashion. The festival hosted a variety of events for aspiring art enthusiasts in the form of contests and workshops. Some of the interesting workshops were Decoding Latin Merican Music by Mr. Carlos Heredia, Clowning Techniques and History by Mr. Sagnik Chakraborty, Candle Making by Ms. Lavanya Jain and Film Appreciation by Mr. Sandeep Chatterjee.
According to Manjima Chatterjee, Vice-Principal & Head of Arts Department, Shiv Nadar School, Noida, “Creativity and self-expression are at the heart of our efforts towards creating a unique educational experience at Shiv Nadar School. Kaafila comes with different themes every year as we want to inspire students to see art in every bit of life. We are happy that this year also we were able to amplify the festival by organising workshops, demonstrations and lectures for students and teachers conducted by artists across rural and urban spaces and from different parts of the world.”
The festival highlighted a special virtual interview featuring popular actor Kalki Koechlin, as part of its ‘In Conversation With’ series where she applauded the students for taking up this theme at such a young age and engaging in valuable conversations around it. She shared interesting anecdotes from her childhood and how she fell in love with art and theatre.