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22 Bandra Schools Celebrate Maharashtra Divas

The 54th Maharashtra Day was celebrated with students of 21 schools at St Andrew’s School grounds on Friday, 1st May. These schools belonged to the Bandra Inter-school Republic Day Committee. The presentations from these schools brought out the rich history of the State through dance, rendition of Marathi songs and enactment of various Maharashtrian festivals and the plight of the farmers.

The Navy was invited to introduce students to the Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji who propelled the great Maratha force.

Our Chief Guest at this event was Commodore N.N.Rao who hoisted the Tri-colour flag from the Terrace of St. Andrew’s School with the National Anthem being sung by the gathering. Other Navy personnel were present to highlight the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji played in the formation of the naval forces in India.

Principals of the 22 BIRD schools were also present although it was Open Day at their schools.

The heat did not deter the students and the gathering from enjoying this patriotic event. Each performance was enthralling and brought out the message of ‘Gaurav Maharashtracha’

Our MLA Mr. Ashish Shelar garlanded the bust of Chatrapati Shivaji.

The speech by Commander Mohan Narayan (Retd) Chief of Naval History, explained to u how Shivaji’s General, Kanhoji Angre played a decisive role in fighting the Mughals and the British invaders.

Fr. Jude Fernandes S.J. addressed the gathering , highlighting how the BIRD Committee had worked together in sowing the seeds of patriotism.

As a finale to this event we had the Navy Bugler blow the bugle as a mark of respect to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the formation of Maharashtra.