More than 2500 students are participating in the biggest school youth festival in the GCC. The Indian School Bahrain (ISB) is hosting Tarang 2019, an ISB Youth Festival which is notable for the huge participation of students in around 130 events.

Thousands of children are participating in these events with Essay Writing English compulsory for all students from IV to XII. The non-stage events Flower Arrangement, Poetry Writing, Pencil Drawing and Painting were conducted earlier at different venues with the enthusiastic participation of students. More than 800 trophies will be awarded during the finale.

“ISB is committed to systematically conducting the Tarang Youth Festival, leaving no room for complaints or discrepancies of any kind,” said ISB Chairman Prince S Natarajan.

"The aim of education should be to develop an all-rounded student in all aspects. This includes the student’s intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and moral capabilities. There is a need to strike a balance in all these aspects, to benefit the child," he further added.

Since last year three Indian classical dance forms were added to the list of events-namely Kathak, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattam. Last week saw competitions Kuchipudi and Light Music-Hindi, Mohiniyattam, Cinematic Dance, Light Music English and Hindustani Music.

The stage events will continue till October 1 on five venues, followed by the Grand Finale on October 3. Some of the prize-winning and exhilarating events will be performed at the Grand Finale.

The Youth Festival is an opportunity for students to compete with one another displaying their talent and creative skills in Art and Literature. The participants scoring maximum points in stage and non-stage events will be awarded the prestigious Kalashri and Kalathilakam awards at the Grand Finale.

ISB Honorary Secretary Saji Antony said “Students who participate in co-curricular activities have a sense of commitment to whatever they are involved in. This is because as they take part in whatever house activity they are a member of, they have to commit to it and give their all, and this commitment extends to all other areas of their lives.”

The Indian School Bahrain has the strength of 12,250 students and Tarang 2019 is a much-awaited event in the school calendar. The campus is buzzing with the energy of the performers and the motivating student audience.

ISB Youth Festival is unique in its structure and organization. The school has formed a committee to ensure the smooth conduct of the festival under the leadership of the principal as the chief convener and the vice principals as the general conveners.