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Aditya Birla World Academy Successfully Hosts India’s Student-Led Mental Health Festival – The Happy Place

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Mumbai : The Aditya Birla World Academy (ABWA), one of Mumbai’s leading international schools, successfully hosted India’s very first student-led mental health festival, The Happy Place, on 7th and 8th October 2022. The one-of-a-kind festival witnessed the participation of over 220 students from grades 9 to 12 who participated in the event from across 16 schools and colleges in the city. At the opening ceremony, the chief guest was Kunal Vijaykar, a broadcaster, food writer, author, actor and television personality, and the closing ceremony was graced by Ms Aahana Kumra, a renowned actor from the film industry.

Speaking about the festival, Mrs Radhika Sinha, Principal, Aditya Birla World Academy, said, “Mental Health among India’s students and young children is such an important topic, and the focus on it has been long overdue. Our thought process behind hosting ‘The Happy Place’ was to shine a light on this and encourage students to explore, share and develop an understanding of mental health. And I am proud to say that we successfully managed to do this. The two-day-long event was a vibrant celebration where young students came together with a purpose and expressed themselves through multiple forms of art, all with an underlying social message. The festival has helped us to drive home our core belief that the only way to affect positive change in society is through open discussion and conversations about mental health.”

Keeping in mind that students and young people all over the world have had a  tumultuous two years, ABWA decided to choose ‘Resilience’ as a theme for the festival and to help students to express themselves in as many ways as possible. There were competitions across 7 categories that were judged by some of the most talented professionals in the industry.

 

The Solo / Duet Singing competition was judged by Music Composer and Producer Aditya Trivedi and HOD Arts & Director of Music Kanakia International School, Felix Hug. The Street Play category had noted writer Arif Ali and Integrative Psychotherapist & Counsellor and Theatre Artist, Abhishek Banerji as judges. The Slam Poetry competition also had two judges – Poet and Blogger, Anita Panda and author Leena Basumatary Kendurkar.  The Dance competition was jointly judged by two noted dancers and choreographers Punita Hirani and Amey Mehta. The Photography section saw Business & Leadership Coach and noted Photographer, Malcolm Stephens, and the first woman photographer who captured a snow leopard in Spiti Valley Ms Ekta Marda judged the students. The Ad Film Making segment saw ad film industry veterans Danesh Irani and Abhay Raha as judges. And lastly, Education consultant, Ms Phalguni Dalal and Secondary Senior Supervisor at Hiranandani Foundation School, Namrata Bera were the judges for the Extempore Speech competition category.

The following schools and colleges participated in the two-day-long event: JBCN International School, Oshiwara; JBCN International School, Nerul; Podar International School (IB), Santacruz; JBCN International School, Parel; Hill Spring International School; The Universal School, Tardeo; Hiranandani Foundation School, Powai; Dhirubhai Ambani International School; Cathedral and John Conno Senior School; J B Petit High School for Girls; Fazlani L’Academie Globale; Aditya Birla World Academy; St.Paul’s High School; Jai Hind College; The Cathedral & John Connon, Fort, Mumbai; KC College, and Kanakia International School.

Winners

Category

Position

Name of Student

School

Solo Singing

1st

Kareena Dholakia

Jai Hind College

Solo Singing

2nd

Thanishka Krishnan

JBCN, Parel

Duet Singing

1st

Mishka Bhosle

Shambhavi Sharma

Bombay International School

Duet Singing

2nd

Naina Choksi

Maanvir Kamani

Aditya Birla World Academy

Photography

1st

Maya Daga

Cathedral and John Connon School

Photography

2nd

Ashish Shekhar

JBCN, Oshiwara

AD Film

1st

Arjun Vora

Mohammed Mewawala

Nyla Bajaj

Bombay International School

AD Film

2nd

Devesh Madnani

Nakshatra Jain

Mikail Gandhi

Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School

Extempore

1st

Sidharth Narasimhan

Maneckji Cooper Education Trust

Extempore

1st

Aarnav Mehta

Aditya Birla World Academy

Slam Poetry

1st

Kunal Parikh

Bombay International School

Slam Poetry

2nd

Aisha Lowe

Aditya Birla World Academy

Street Play

1st

Prapti Patel, Aarna Dhiman, Dhanisha Shete, Anuraag Deshmukh, Shree Patil, Hania Begawala, Khwaish Hira, Malhar Shirur, Aaditya Patil, Nabeel Sait

DY Patil Nerul

Street Play

2nd

Kaahini Lakhe, Diana Daruwala, Rabia Asif, Zahra Dick, Rhea Ghotla, Danyaal Qureshi, Saad Sayyed, Lakshveer Singh Pable, Priyansh Kamdar, Ayan Shaikh, Zahaan Gowadia, Raiyaan Hasnain

Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School

Dance- Group

1st

Vedika Bhimani, Avishi Khanna, Dheeya Shah, Dhruv Shah, Abhishek Majumdar

Aditya Birla World Academy

Dance- Group

2nd

Angelina Pinheiro, Prathna Mulchandani, Mahika Singh, Samira Sharma, Abhijoy

JBCN

Dance- Solo

1st

Tarini Misra

Bombay International School

Dance- Solo

2nd

Aashna Sangani

JBCN Parel

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