The inaugural day of the ISC fest ‘SEMPERE’ was graciously hosted by St. Paul’s School. Participating schools included Loreto Convent, Mount Hermon School, St. Joseph School, and St. Paul’s School. The event encompassed an array of competitions, spanning quiz, creative writing, art, and music. Each participant’s exceptional performance illuminated the stage, resulting in a breathtaking display of talent.
Distinguished judges for the art segment were Mr. Chendup Lepcha, a lauded landscape artist renowned within the Darjeeling hills, and Mr. Sunil Rai, celebrated for his mastery in bamboo craftsmanship and dance artistry. The music panel boasted luminaries like Miss Tshering Leezum Bhutia, a Sikkim-based musician and Middlesex University alumna, along with a postgraduate accolade from the University of Leeds. Miss Bhutia’s collaborations with illustrious names like 1974 Ad, Yama Buddha, Nosing, and Hans Zimmer underscore her musical prowess. Adding to the panel was Mr. Satyam Rai, a venerated guitarist hailing from Kurseong, formerly of the legendary Riff Raff band. Presently, he steers the ship as the proprietor and Principal of Jananeshwar Memorial Academy. Complementing this ensemble was Mr. Rohit Rasaily, the composer and lead guitarist of the acclaimed Salakhala band from Sikkim. His band’s impressive track record at festivals such as Ziro, Pine Tree, and Dambok attests to his musical ingenuity. Notably, he also holds a senior Audit Officer role within the Sikkim Government’s Cooperation Department.
The evening’s esteemed chief guest was Mr. Sunirmal Chakravarti, a former Senior Master. Mr. Chakravarti eloquently articulated the fest’s genesis, shedding light on his role as a progenitor of the event within St. Paul’s School. He elucidated that the fest’s overarching mission was to cultivate camaraderie among students from diverse institutions while providing a platform for showcasing their multifaceted talents. The outcome was nothing short of triumphant, with students wholeheartedly reveling in the festivities.