India celebrates Teachers’ Day on 5 September in memory of academic philosopher and teacher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India. Therefore, every September, Deutsche Bank India invites the NGO teachers and students for a gala evening at the Bank’s Mumbai office.
In the preceding two years, students from the NGOs have put up an art exhibition or a variety show for the teachers. But this year there was a twist to the format – the teachers took the stage to show their artistic talents by choosing to sing, dance, recite poetry, play an instrument, perform a skit or even draw a sketch.
On September 14, the stage was set for 'Teacher Idol' at the Nirlon office in Mumbai. 80 teachers from nine NGOs amazed an audience comprising children from these NGOs and Bank employees with their stage presence and talent. The show was judged by a panel of student representatives from each NGO and Deutsche CSR champions.
Winning for the second consecutive year, the NGO Learning Space Foundation put up a musical that wove songs, dance, puppets and a live painting performance. The teachers from Sujaya performed a comedy skit ‘Masti ki patshala’ (The classroom of fun) to wild applause from the audience. The teachers from Society for the Education of the Crippled (SEC) danced to a hits medley brilliantly choreographed by a student graduate of SEC. Every performance had a heartwarming message for the audience and was greeted with cheers and applause.
All the teachers and students received gifts from Shrinath Bolloju, Group COO India. The winners of the ‘Teacher Idol’ received a mobile phone each, much to their delight.
A number of Deutsche Bank volunteers helped make the event possible, looking after various arrangements including the buffet, prizes and gifts for all 80 teachers and 50 children.
Snacks were served for all the guests, while music and laughter filled the air. A little boy from the NGO Support cheerfully told a volunteer between mouthfuls of cupcake, “Well done!”