(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Indian School Muscat (ISM) hosted Jhankaar Spectrum, the biggest art and cultural competition organised by any school in the Middle East, on October26 on the school premises.
Over 1,350 students from 17 different Indian schools as far as from Khasab and Salalah matched their talents in 24 events at 14 different venues during the mega event. The inaugural function began with the ceremonial reception of the dignitaries. HE J S Mukul, Ambassador of India to the sultanate, was the chief guest. Tonny G Alexander, chairman, board of directors, Indian Schools in the sultanate; Mathew Abraham, educational advisor to the board of directors and Col Shridhar Chitale, acting president of the school managing committee, were among the dignitaries present.
Members of the Board of Directors of Indian Schools in Oman, members of the Indian School Muscat Managing Committee, principals of Indian schools, invitees, parents, and a large number of students attended the function. A colourful blend of various emotions portrayed through a series of performances by the participating schools added spice to the inaugural ceremony. The ambassador in his address highlighted the educational significance of such events.
He congratulated the efforts of ISM in leading the way. He said that the occasion enabled children to come together and interact with one another and it provided the platform to excel in the respective fields of interests. Jhankaar Spectrum concluded with the august valedictory function in the school multipurpose hall. H. E Dr Hammad Hamed al Ghafri, advisor, Ministry of Civil Service, sultanate, was the chief guest. Ahmed al Raisi, director of health, Muscat Municipality, was the Guest of Honour. S A S Naqvi, former Technical Advisor, S Muthukumar, board of directors and a galaxy of dignitaries attended the function.
A string of mesmerising performances by the prize winners added grandeur to the valedictory function. Indian School Muscat topped the score tally and remained inexorable with 157 points. The Jhankaar Spectrum 2013 Championship Winner's crystal trophy, a new trophy introduced this year, was lifted by ISM.
However, ISM being the host school did not compete for the overall championship trophy. The Jhankaar Overall Championship Trophy was lifted by Indian School Darsait scoring 89 points. Indian School Ghubra scored 61 points bagging the first runner-up position in Jhankaar Spectrum.