The Mayor’s Cup Vande Mataram Group Singing Contest (Mahapor Chashak Vande Mataram Samuhgan Spardha) organized by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for students was inaugurated by Mayor Anil Sole on Saturday to mark August Kranti Din. The Contest, held since 1997 by NMC, will conclude on August 14 and prizes to winners will be distributed on the same day.
Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Sole said, “Today’s students are tomorrow’s citizens. This Vande Mataram singing contest is enthuses patriotism and love for nation among students and they remember this day forever. This Contest today has completed 17 years and the large participation by students will help maintain integrity and unity of nation,” asserted the Mayor.
The Vande Mataram singing contest is being organized by NMC’s Education Department at Shikshak Sangh’s Hall near ST Bus Stand in Ganeshpeth. The Mayor Sole lit the traditional lamp to mark inauguration of contest. Others who were present on the occasion include Deputy Mayor Jaitunnabi Ansari, Education Committee Chairpaerson Chetana Tank, Health Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, Education Officer Dipendra Lokhande, NMC Shikshak Sangh President Rajesh Gavre, Secretary Devrao Mandavkar, and School Inspectors.
Making the introductory speech, Education Officer Lokhande said, “NMC is the only civic body in entire Maharashtra that organizes this contest on August 9 Kranti Din. The contest concludes on the eve of Independence Day evening and prizes are distributed to winners and participating teams. This year, 52 school teams have registered themselves for the Mayor’s Cup Vande Mataram Group Singing Contest and each team comprises 15 students. The contest is divided in three groups. First Group consists of Class 1 to 5 students while the Second Group is of Class 6 to 8 and the Third Group comprises Class 9-10 students. The judges for the contest are city’s eminent music experts Janardan Ladse, Anjeshwar Chincharekar and Rajendra Golhar.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Sports and Culture Department’s Inspector Vijay Imane.