Activities Of Asan Memorial Matriculation Higher Secondary School
Vidyarambham '14 - Education is a powerful tool
Vidyarambham is a Hindu tradition observed on the Vijayadashmi day during the Navaratri festival; introducing young children into the world of learning and the ritual is usually performed by parents, grandparents, elders, writers, teachers and other eminent personalities associated with literature assuming the role of a Guru to the children. “Vidhya” means education and “aarambham” means the beginning.
Solely designed for children to begin their education and to bring forth the wealth of true knowledge; the children sit on the lap of the guru and the guru writes “Hari Shree” on the child’s tongue with a golden ring representing blessings from the Goddess of Learning - Goddess Saraswati. The child then writes “Hari Shree Ganapathye Namaha” in Malayalam/Tamil with the right index finger, with the help of the Guru, on a bed of raw rice or sand.
The Vidyarambham ceremony was conducted at the Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School Premises on Friday October 3rd, 2014. On this auspicious day we had 24 students participating in the ceremony. The children had their Vidyarambham initiated and performed by Dr. C. G. Rajendra Babu and Dr. E.K. Purushothaman.
ASAN ONAM DAY CELEBRATION AND STAMP RELEASE
Revelling in the festive spirit of Onam and week-long cultural activities, Asan Memorial Association (AMA) concluded its Onam celebration function on Saturday September 13th, 2014. The function held within the premises of Asan Memorial School with traditional fervour and gaiety had national award winning veteran Malayalam actor and theatre artist KPAC Lalitha as the Chief Guest.
AMA presented a special stamp and postal cover commemorating the Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Chennai city Postmaster General, Mervin Alexander who was the Guest of honour released the stamp and postal cover at the function.
Speaking at the event, Postmaster General Mervin Alexander told the audience present that the significance of releasing stamps lies in the fact that the selective event is now etched into history. "Milestones such as these won't be forgotten with the passage of time," he said.
ONAM CELEBRATIONS @ THE ASAN SCHOOL PREMISES
Asan Memorial Association (AMA) celebrated Onam as part of their ongoing Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Preparing for the homecoming of the legendry King Mahabali, Onam is one of the biggest festivals of Kerala celebrated with great gusto by all Malayalees across the world. The festival symbolizing the harvest season, showcases the best of Kerala culture and tradition.
To mark the celebrations, AMA had organized “Pookkalam” and “Kaikottikali” competitions at the Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School on Saturday 30th August, 2014. The competition usually conducted within the school, was for the first time open for participation to all the Malayali associations across the State.
“Pookkalam” also known as 'Aththa-Poo' during the Onam festival is basically a floral art competition which is a colorful and joyous event. The design of the Pookkalam typically revolves around the theme of Onam. Adding fervor and spirit of the festival of Onam is the elegant dance form “Kaikottikali” also known as “thiruvathirakali” traditionally performed by 8-10 dancers. The dance depicting unity and coordination has the dancers gracefully move in clockwise and anti-clockwise manner clapping their hands around the pookkalam with a lit traditional brass lamp “Nilavilakkku” in the centre. It is a captivating sight to watch the group of women performing the dance; with the rhythm of the steps and movements in sync as they sing songs in praise of the great King Mahabali; in their traditional Kerala attire consisting of gold bordered off-white mundu-neriyathu and their hair decked with fragrant jasmine flowers.
The competition had groups or teams participating in large numbers contesting for the first prize of Rs. 25,000, second and third prize of Rs.15,000 and Rs.10,000 respectively.
Mrs. Rajani, Meena Ram Mohan and Mrs. Geetha Manoharan were the judges for the “Pookkalam” event. The 11 teams that participated for the Pookalam competition were judged based on the circular form, use of flowers and creativity. Kannur Cannons Team won the first place followed by A.V.S team and Chennai Souhardavedhi team in the second and third place respectively.
Subsequent to the floral art, Kaikottikali was performed by seven teams consisting of eight members in each. Mrs.Kala Sasikumar, Mrs.Padma Anil Kumar, Mrs. Asha Anand, and Mrs.Rekha were the judges for “Kaikottikali” event. The Chennai Kairali Association won the first place, Bollineni Hill Side Association of Malayalees and Madras Yogakshema Sabha came in the second and third place respectively.
The two-day cultural fest “GENESIS 2014” organized by Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School and Kumaran Asan Memorial Higher Secondary School, which began on August 13th in the Ammu Swaminathan Auditorium at the Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School campus came to a close on August 14th.
GENESIS 2014 offers a platform for students from various schools to let loose their spirit and become a part of the excitement and energy of this event. It is a chance for everyone to unleash their creativity and showcase their talent. The event attracts entries in huge numbers from participants across schools in Chennai to compete.
The Chief guests for the inauguration of the cultural extravaganza were Film Director Prabhu Solomon, Mrs. Rekha Thankappan - CEO of Dr. Mohan’s Group of Institutions, and Dr. Gautham Babu – Executive Director, Asan Memorial Educational Institutions amidst great enthusiasm and eagerness. The closing ceremony of the cultural fest had Film Director Vijay and Actor Amitash Pradhan “Velaiyilla Pattathari” fame, wherein they presided over the valedictory function and gave away the prizes to the winners respectively.
Asan Golden Jubilee Celebrations
CURTAIN RAISER: 50 YEARS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE 2015
Approaching the 50th year of its journey of academic excellence in 2015, Asan Memorial Association, had its curtain raiser of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations on Sunday, July 27th 2014. It was the vision of Sri. A. K. Gopalan Chairman & Founder Secretary with few other friends who were eminent literary figures and those deeply interested in public affairs decided to start and establish an independent memorial to Mahakavi Kumaran Asan in the city of Madras. What started as a small temporary shed has now bloomed into established and successful high-quality educational institutions that cater to the basic, vocational and higher educational needs of the children of malayalees and non-malayalees in the city of Chennai, under the stewardship of Sri. A. K. Gopalan fondly called AKG.
The inaugural function of the Golden Jubilee Celebration was held at the auditorium in the Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School campus, and started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the guests on the dais and a prayer sung beautifully by the school students. The Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour for the evening were his Excellency Dr. K. Rosaiah, the Governor of Tamilnadu and Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization respectively.
The function had the welcome speech addressed by Sashi Kumar, Chairman, Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee while Dr. C. K. Revi, President of the Asan Memorial Association, presided over the function. "The Association has been giving the Asan Smaraka Kavitha Puraskaram and we are instituting a new award for journalism this year," he said. This was followed by Mrs. Shyamala Jayaprakash, General Secretary's introductory speech on the various scholarships that has been initiated. The evening concluded with a light music program.
Commemorating this special occasion, the new AKG Public School was launched at Pallikaranai, Chennai. The committee with a defined plan will be celebrating the Golden Jubilee with a host of events throughout the year 2014-2015. Onam Celebrations, education and literary seminars are among the many events planned.
To mark the 50th Anniversary, the association have initiated the Asan Golden Jubilee Merit-based Education Scholarships and the A K Gopalan Navathi Scholarship, in honour of its Founder, for school students based on economic need worth Rs. 50-75 lakh. They have also introduced awards including an Asan National News Media Award for Best Editorial Contribution with Social Relevance. It would look at journalistic work that has a transformative value in the print media in English and Indian languages. The nominations are expected to be received by February 2015 which is 2 months before the presentation of the award. The award will comprise a plaque, a citation and a cash component of Rs. 1,00,000/- and will be presented in April 2015 to coincide with Kumaran Asan's birthday.
21st Annual Day Celebration
Asan Memorial Matriculation Higher Secondary School celebrated their 21st Annual Day on 18th January 2014, in a grand manner at the Ammu Swaminathan Auditorium in the Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School campus. Mr. Sailendra Mamidi, IRS Commissioner of Income Tax from Chennai, was the Chief Guest for the occasion. The program started with a prayer song. Mrs. Nina Gopalkrishnan, Executive Committee Member extended a warm welcome to the gathering. Principal Ms. Sunitha Vipinchandran presented the annual report highlighting the achievements of the school and the students. Meritorious students in academics & extra-curricular activities and teachers were felicitated with prize distribution by Mr. Sailendra Mamidi. Release of the school magazine was done by our Executive Committee Member Mrs. Nina Gopalkrishnan. Prelude to the evening cultural programs, the school pupil leader proposed the vote of thanks and the finale was marked by the students singing the National Anthem.
Pongal Day Celebrations 2014
Pongal celebrations at Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School kicked off with plenty of activities. A Kolam Competition was conducted for the Students, Parents and the Teachers. Following this the female teachers showcased their talent in a singing contest and the male teachers in Uri Adi contest. The day was filled with lots of fun and everyone participated in the activities with lots of enthusiasm. The GM of the ASAN Group of Educational Institutions gave away prizes to the winners.
A K G Navathi Celebration
January 5th, 2014 marked the 90th birthday of founder secretary Sri. A.K. Gopalan fondly called AKG, an exemplary visionary and educationist. Asan Memorial Association Chennai, founded in the year 1965 under the stewardship of this great visionary has done real proud to the memory of Mahakavi Kumaran Asan, a great Teacher, by establishing and successfully running several high quality educational institutions that cater to the basic, vocational and higher educational needs of the children of malayalees and non-malayalees in the city of Chennai. The quest which began in the year 1966 continued relentlessly adding fresh ones seeking the nice areas in the field of modern educational systems and is still on the move. This vibrant and methodical association's contributions in the socio cultural field also are widely acknowledged.
The function "A K G Navathi Celebration" was organized by Chennai Malayalees in honor of Sri AKG at Sri Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall; Chennai in recognition for his decades of outstanding achievements and for providing relentless service in the field of Education. Many Eminent personalities from different spheres of life like Politics, Poets, Media, Social Thinkers, Educationalists, Industrialists, other Social and Cultural contributors, felicitated, shared their long time association and paid their tributes to Shri AKG who dedicated his life towards the promotion of Education, Social Values and the betterment of the Society on the day. The day long celebrations started with a Seminar on 'Social Values and Identity Crisis in Today's Political and Cultural Scenario', a documentary on the life and times of Shri. AKG and ended with a Musical 'Karuna' which was based on the works of Mahakavi Kumaran Asan.
The NCC Air Wing unit @ Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School organized an event in E-Waste and launched the waste management program to spread the awareness about E-waste and the need to recycle.
The Chief guest for the event was Mr. Anantharaman Mani, Co-Chair, Young Indians. The other guests in attendance were Mr Rathinam T, Vice President of TES-AMM (India) Pvt. Ltd, India and K.Sankara Narayanan, Chief Officer 1(TN) AIR SQN NCC.
The event focused on educating the students on
- How to handle e-waste
- Hazards of e-waste
- Materials Not Acceptable for Recycling
- How they affect our environment
A Collection Bin has been setup at the school where the cadets dropped off electronic items considered to be e-waste motivating other students to promote the initiative of disposing Electronic waste. This facility of the collection bin can be used to dispose of your unused electronic equipment.
Seen in the pictures below are
Mr. Anantharaman Mani
Co-Chair, Young Indians
Mr Rathinam T
Vice President, TES-AMM (India) Pvt. Ltd, India
1(TN) AIR SQN NCC
Mrs. Jalaja Devi
Asan Memorial Sr. Sec. School
Traditional pookalam competition held on 6th sept 13
Date:6th September, 2013 Venue: Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School Premise
The students are exceptionally good at sports and games and have played matches at the zonal level. They have participated in various "competitions" and "cultural activities" organized by the city schools and have won prizes in oratorical, painting and quiz competitions.