Sangama 2011, as the name suggests, was a confluence of VVans from a wide range of batches. The purpose was much beyond social networking and the event was meant to let people know the achievements of the association so far, the future projection of plans and to involve more VVans in implementing all future plans.
Never had we anticipated that the day would turn out to be so memorable and overwhelming. Apart from the response being so much more than we had envisaged, the coming together of batch mates and the reconnection with our teachers took us back in time to our days at Vidya Vardhaka Sangha High School. It was heart-warming and emotionally satisfying to see the presence of one alumnus from the very first batch (1963-66). This also added to a great sense of belonging spanning over four and a half decades. The oneness was apparent.
We had with us Padmashri Dr.C.N. Manjunath, Director, Sri. Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research and Dr. Sharan Patil, Chairman, Sparsh Hospital, both VVans, as the chief guests of honour. The distinguished alumni’s presence not only served as an occasion to honour their already recognised achievements but also to instil pride in every VVan and an aspiration to achieve the same levels in professional life. We also had with us Sri. D.K.Shivakumar, MLA and ex-minister, Sri. S.Harish, Deputy Mayor of Bangalore, Sihi Kahi Chandru, noted television personality and many more alumni of our school.
Another highlight was the felicitation programme for all teachers of Vidya Vardhaka Sangha High School. Each VVan cannot help but acknowledge with gratitude the major contribution of our esteemed teachers who constantly provided for us excellent academic coaching but, in addition, went an extra mile in giving us freedom of expression and reaching out to us whenever their support was needed. We have had the privilege of being guided and tutored by greatly accomplished teachers who have since retired from active professional life but whose gifts to us carry us forward even now. To honour and felicitate them was, actually, our honour. It was touching to see teachers from the very first batches of VVSHS, who retired long ago make it to the event in spite of their old age and other difficulties.
The culmination of the day’s programme was a batch wise photo session. There is a common unifying bond among VVans and this was obvious in the fact that people bonded on and before the occasion across a cross section of batches, careers and interests. These bonds have in fact become stronger and the association now has many active members from various batches of VVSHS, unlike in the past where only a couple of batches did all the work.
This event instils in us a confidence that the association will go forward with added impetus so that the vision perceived at its birth comes closer in the years ahead. At inception, the association was only a fledgling created by a small group of VVans who were like minded but, now, we know that whatever plans are envisaged will go ahead with the involvement of all those present for this event, if not more.
Thank You to those who attended and made the event a grand success. For those who could not attend, but supported us through their prayers and wishes, we are ever grateful.