IH Art & Music

Inter House Art and Music were held together for the first time this year, in the beautiful setting of the Barefoot Garden Café and Gallery. The evening began with the judging of the Art and refreshments were then served before the singing and dancing began. The evening closed with a fashion show featuring batik dresses made by the students and modelled by the designers themselves.

As ever, all the houses produced a wide range of stimulating paintings, pottery and photography based on their chosen themes, which ranged from Freedom to War and Peace. The judge, well-known Puerto Rican artist Rashid Abdur-Rahman, was amazed by the quality of the work displayed. Congratulations to Zainab Adamaly who won the senior individual prize for her work including a beautiful stained glass window and Praveena Wikramayake who won the middle school award.

From the start of the first performance – Hillary’s Group Song, with their choir accompanied by four guitarists – it was clear that the audience were in for a real treat. Dilroshini Karunaratne emerged as a deserved winner of the Solo Singing, with the lyrics of ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol (‘I’ll sing it one last time for you’) being peculiarly appropriate for her valedictory school performance. The best was saved to last, however, with Lajy Shah exuding confidence and charisma in his hugely entertaining Solo Dance, which had the whole audience in fits of laughter. Soundarie David, one of the three judges, praised the incredibly high standard of all the performers and paid tribute to the school’s continued commitment to the Performing Arts in the years since she left the school, as well as to the outstanding quality and originality of the school’s productions.

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