Swimming ISSO

Our school actively participated in the Swimming ISSO event, organized at Prometheus School in Noida, which took place from September 13 to 14, 2023. This report highlights our students’ outstanding performances in various swimming events during the competition.


Domestic excursions – Ladakh 

Day 1 – Ladakh excursions

The journey to Ladakh began as we bid adieu to our beautiful campus and headed towards Pune Airport, where we boarded a flight to Delhi. Upon reaching Delhi Airport, we had to navigate the busy terminals, which was a bit hectic, but we eventually, landed in the exotic Ladakh.

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration:

‘Bhadrapada’, in this holy month of Hindu Calendar once more Gurukul welcomed our beloved Lord Ganesha on the auspicious day of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ with the vibrant colors of devotion, essence of flowers and beats of dhol-tasha. The five days festival spread spirit, joy and energy within the campus. The students just not enjoyed but deepened themselves into Lord’s devotional aura. It was a wonderful feeling seeing students touching the feet of all the elders around without anyone’s instruction. They participated wholeheartedly in all the rituals right from Ganesh Sthapana, twice a day Arti till the immersion.

While our kids are so fascinated with the world of Artificial Intelligence, it’s a small attempt to add a tinge of spirituality by reminding them about the existence of God through a robot bowing his head to the Lord. The entire ambience was created based on the theme of AI as reflected in a picture below.

By Ms. Stuti Vasavada

Dhol Tasha Pathak

Dhol tasha vadan is an art form deeply-rooted in the Maharashtrian culture. Students played the tunes with energy, enthusiasm, and devotion towards Lord Ganesha. Dhol tasha vadan forms a symphony of dhwaj, tasha, dhol, jhanj, toll. The magic of Dhol-Tasha, one of the most uplifting, enthralling and rhythmic events experienced in our school.

The Dhol-Tasha tradition is one of the most beautiful examples of inclusiveness as it allows people of all ages across all the programmes of the school and walks of life to join as participants, creating a rhythm ensemble which showcases the diversity of the tradition wonderfully. These participants also give it their heart and soul. Once students joined the troupe, they began by learning these instruments from the very basics. Much like any drum, students learned the Bass(thoka) and Tone(thapi) and combinations of these low and high pitch sounds to  make the final Rhythm(Theka). Students while tying these really heavy dhols around their waist learned to play the Pathak. That’s the magic of music, once the rhythm takes over, the mind, body and soul are all aligned in perfect sync. We have also added some of these rhythms to our repertoire of Drum Circle Rhythms .

Even though playing in a Dhol-Tasha pathak requires an immense amount of physical and mental energy, the belief that playing the drums is a spiritual experience making every participant in the pathak endure it with a smile on their faces, and playing it with a group makes it even more powerful, satisfying and sacred much like a Drum Circle or any group drumming activity.

 By Mr Manish M Manduwar


Ganesh Chaturthi is a significant Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity who is revered as the remover of obstacles and the god of wisdom and prosperity. The festival is observed with great enthusiasm and devotion in many parts of India and by Hindu communities worldwide.

The significance of Ganesh Chaturthi lies in the various aspects associated with Lord Ganesha. He is believed to be the harbinger of good fortune and the one who grants success in endeavours. People worship Lord Ganesha during this festival to seek his blessings for new beginnings, prosperity, and the removal of obstacles in their lives.

Ganesh Chaturthi also holds cultural and social significance. It brings communities together, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie. The festival is marked by vibrant processions, music, dance, and cultural performances. It serves as a platform for artistic expression and showcases the rich cultural heritage of India.



In our school, we celebrated Ganesh Chaturti with great enthusiasm and faith. The idol of lord Ganesha was brought on 18th September.  Each and every day before the Visarjan, we celebrated with aarti in the evening.  We followed the traditional rituals of chanting mantras and songs. Towards the end of the festival when the visarjan was about to take place, we carried out a full-fledged procession. On the 23rd we celebrated Ganesh Visarjan starting at 1:45pm with aarti, and then marking the ceremonial immersion of Lord Ganesha’s idol in the waters of Mula-Mutha. Eight members played various instruments on our way to the river, and I played the dhol in this pleasing event.


Participating in the Ganesh Visarjan celebration as a dhol player was an exhilarating and memorable experience. As I reflect on my role in this auspicious event, I am filled with a sense of joy, pride, and gratitude.

The rhythmic beats of the dhol echoed through the streets, creating an infectious energy that brought people together. The atmosphere was vibrant, with colourful decorations, lively music, and enthusiastic participants. As I played the dhol, I could feel the rhythm pulsating through my body, connecting me to the spirit of the festival.

One of the most rewarding aspects of playing the dhol during Ganesh Visarjan was witnessing the joy and excitement on the faces of the devotees. The sound of the dhol seemed to uplift their spirits, encouraging them to dance and celebrate with abandon. It was a powerful reminder of the unifying power of music and the ability to transcend language and cultural barriers.

Moreover, being a part of the Ganesh Visarjan celebration allowed me to immerse myself in the rich traditions and customs of my community. I felt a deep sense of belonging and pride as I contributed to the cultural heritage of my people. The experience also provided me with an opportunity to learn more about the significance of Lord Ganesha and the rituals associated with his immersion.

Playing the  dhol during the Ganesh Visarjan was an experience filled with both challenges and triumphs. As I reflect upon my journey, I am reminded of the countless obstacles I encountered along the way. However, I am also proud of the determination and perseverance I displayed in overcoming these difficulties. From the very beginning, I knew that participating in the Ganesh Visarjan as a dhol player would not be an easy task. The path ahead was filled with uncertainties, and I was aware that I would face numerous challenges. Yet, I was driven by my passion for music and my desire to contribute to this auspicious occasion.

As the day of the Visarjan arrived, I found myself surrounded by a vibrant atmosphere, with the sound of dhol echoing through the air. The energy was palpable, and I felt a mix of excitement and nervousness. The weight of responsibility rested upon my shoulders, as I knew that my playing would play a crucial role in setting the rhythm and creating an immersive experience for everyone involved.

However, as I began playing, I encountered unexpected difficulties. The physical demands of dhol for an extended period became apparent, and fatigue started to set in. Additionally, the loud noises and charged environment made it challenging to maintain focus and stay in sync with the other musicians. Despite these obstacles, I reminded myself of the importance of perseverance and pushed through.

With each passing moment, I found myself growing more comfortable and confident in my abilities. The rhythm flowed through me, and I became one with the music. The cheers and applause from the crowd served as a testament to the impact our collective efforts were having on the atmosphere. It was truly an exhilarating experience, and I felt a deep sense of fulfilment.

Looking back, I realise that the difficulties I faced during the Ganesh Visarjan were not merely obstacles but opportunities for growth. They tested my resilience, adaptability, and commitment to my craft. Through perseverance and a willingness to learn from my mistakes, I was able to overcome these challenges and contribute to the success of the event.

Playing the drums in the Ganesh Visarjan taught me valuable lessons about dedication, teamwork, and the power of music to unite people. It reminded me that the path to success is rarely smooth, but with determination and a positive mindset, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way.

As I reflect on this experience, I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of such a significant cultural event. The memories I have created and the lessons I have learned will stay with me for a lifetime. I am proud of the effort I put forth and the impact I made, and I look forward to future opportunities to share my passion for music and contribute to the joyous celebrations of our diverse traditions.

By Mitra Banthia DP 1


‘Ganpati Bappa Moriya!’ exclaimed our students, welcoming the majestic Lord Ganesha at MIT Pune’s Vishwashanti Gurukul which would be his home for the next 5 days. 

On the 18th September, Tashas and humongous dhols beats shook the ground and filled us with enthusiasm as the most awaited Vignaharta arrived. Dressed up in traditional wear, we embraced all rituals and performed in unity seeking the blessings of mighty Bappa. 

Over the course of 4 days, students from PYP, MYP, and DP were overjoyed participating in taking turns decorating, praying, singing aartis, ringing bells, playing instruments, and enjoying the prasad. 

On the 23rd of September, the day of the Visarjan – our hearts sank as we prepared to bid goodbye to Lord Ganesha until next year. Colours of gulal or abir, and flower petals touched the sky and so did our spirits. The immersion procession was led by our student musicians followed an energized student crowd dancing their hearts out all the way around the campus to the Mula Mutha river while chanting “Ganpati Bappa Moraya Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya”. We called out to Bappa to visit us next year early, and shower us with his blessings.

By Anusuya Mohan Kubba DP1 

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Our school was represented by a group of talented and dedicated swimmers across different grades:  

- MYP 1: Sparsh Mishra 

- MYP 2: Aarush Bhatt

- MYP 4: Htet Kaung

- MYP 5: Riya Patel

- DP 1: Sasha Patel, Naina Fernandes, Letoya Rowland, Latoya Rowland

- DP 2: Toyodhi Bhattacharya

Events and Accomplishments:

MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul School students competed in a wide range of events, showcasing their skills and determination:

- 100m freestyle (under 14 and 17)

- 50m breaststroke (under 17 and 19)

- 100m breaststroke (under 19)

- 200m breaststroke (under 17 and 19)

- Under 19 relay freestyle 4x100m

Total Medals:

Our school's outstanding performance earned us medals. Here is a list of the medals earned, along with their names and events:

- 50m breaststroke (under 19): Toyodhi Bhattacharya – gold, Sasha Patel – bronze

- 100m breaststroke (under 19): Toyodhi Bhattacharya – gold

- 200m breaststroke (under 19): Toyodhi Bhattacharya – gold

- Under 19 relay freestyle 4x100m: Bronze


MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul, sincere congratulations to all participants and dedicated swimmers who have put in their hard work and practiced consistently. We are grateful for their efforts and dedication in bringing awards to our school.

The first challenge was acclimatizing to the high-altitude weather, but we managed to get a good five-hour rest. In the evening, we explored the local market and got the opportunity to shop.

The highlight of the day was a treat to a spectacular display of Ladakh's rich cultural festival program. We were awestruck and enjoyed the mesmerizing musical performances. It was a wonderful start to our Ladakh adventure.

We returned to the hotel, had a sumptuous dinner, and were glad that Day 1 ended well.

Day 2 : Domestic excursion - Ladakh

On day 2, students had the incredible opportunity to visit the Hall of Fame of the Indian Army. Here, they learned about the historic battles that have been fought on the rugged terrain of Ladakh and the extraordinary valour displayed by our soldiers, some of whom were awarded the prestigious Param Vir Chakra and Mahavir Chakra medals.

After the enlightening visit, students returned to the hotel for a delicious lunch. Then, embarked on another adventure to the old royal palace (UNESCO heritage site) the Thiksay Monastery, situated atop a picturesque hill. The view from the monastery was simply breathtaking, and on our way down, we enjoyed a short but invigorating hike.

To cap off an already amazing day, we attended a spectacular laser and light show back at the Hall of Fame, which provided the students with a vivid and patriotic glimpse into the history and bravery of Indian armed forces.

Day 3: Domestic excursion - Ladakh

The day commenced with the spread of a sumptuous breakfast thereafter, the students boarded the bus to visit the SECMOL School to gain knowledge and learn about creative management, and innovative discoveries. At the school, our students got an opportunity to interact with the students of SECMOL and get firsthand information on their daily routine, which is a simple yet a highly sustainable way of living. The students got to learn about compost-based washrooms, greenhouses, innovative grain storage, vegetable cellars, and many other things.

After this the students visited the in-school vegetable garden. This truly makes SECMOL a sustainable school.

After hearing about the education system and curriculum at SECMOL, it seemed very ethically right. Our students learned this through interacting with the students from the SECMOL School by asking them about their hobbies, and daily routines. The students enjoyed a cup of hot tea served on the rooftop of one of the buildings and bid goodbyes to their new friends.

The students enjoyed the traditional Ladakhi delicacy called Thukpa and momos for lunch.

After that, the students visited Magnetic Hill, where they had a great opportunity to ride ATVs and experience speed and independence. After this, they boarded the bus to see the confluence of the Indus-Zanskar rivers to click pictures and learn more about Ladakh's geography.

After which the students left for the Shanti stupa where walking clockwise around the Buddha temple was an experience of its kind. The wholesome and peaceful experience will forever remain ingrained in the students' minds. Finally, they returned to the Leh main shopping market which is 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel. After shopping for themselves and their family members the students returned back to the hotel for dinner and wrapped up the day on a happy note.

Day 4 - Domestic trip Ladakh

Our day began with a good breakfast after which we headed for our journey to the Pangong Lake. On our journey, we stopped at the Changla Pass, a place with the highest altitude of 17,688 feet. It was an amazing experience as it was freezing cold. The view was breathtaking, surrounded by the ice-capped mountains.  It took us almost 6 hours to reach Pangong Lake. On reaching there we were awestruck with the mesmerizing view of the beautiful blue lake surrounded by snow-clad mountains. The students clicked numerous pictures capturing every moment and also clicked some pictures using the props of the movies "3 Idiots" and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" a major tourist attraction. We were super excited to move to the camps as we were staying in tents facing the lake. After dinner, students and teachers enjoyed playing 'ANTAKSHAREE' and were happy to go to bed after such an amazing day.

Day 5: Domestic excursion - Ladakh

After a good night's sleep, we were a little sad to leave the Pangong Lake. We had a good breakfast and were all set to leave, we enjoyed the long journey and stunning landscapes along the way. En route we waited for lunch, then visited the largest and richest monastery in Ladakh, the Hemis Monastery, which was a captivating experience filled with cultural and spiritual insights. It provided a glimpse into the rich traditions and history of the region as we visited the beautiful museum with a display of ancient Buddhist statues, scripts, and artifacts. The students also had the privilege of being a part of a special prayer service specially organized for their good luck and save travel by the monk of the monastery. They got to know about the founder and current leader or head of the monastery.

Later in the day, the student then had the chance to visit the Rancho School, also known as the White Lotus School, which was set amidst the picturesque surroundings of Ladakh. It was an educational and scenic adventure, this school has been shown before in the movie 3 Idiots it was an iconic place in the journey of Ladakh. We reached our hotel and spend the evening shopping buying some souvenirs for our friends and families. We returned to our hotel, had dinner and were glad that we spent a great day.

Day 6 - Domestic excursion: Ladakh

On the final day of our Ladakh excursion, a sense of bittersweet nostalgia filled the hearts of the students. As they boarded the bus to the airport that would take them back to reality after five unforgettable days, the picturesque landscapes of Ladakh seemed to bid them farewell with its majestic mountains and serene lakes. Memories of thrilling adventures, starlit nights, and newfound friendships echoed in their minds. The journey back was filled with stories, laughter, and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders they had encountered, leaving each student forever changed by the magic of Ladakh.


By Ms Zoha Sayed