July 1979 The Sherwoodian Times 12th Issue

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Junior School Hindi Play - 'Timur The Lame' .

We saw a Hindi Play acted by the Horsman Wing boys at Founder's It was a very enjoyable play about 'Timur, the Lame', a tyrant king who invaded our country with sword and spear. In this play he raided the house of a poor widow, but the widow's ten-year old son, Balkaran (A. Marks) was not at all frightened. He snatched his sword and spoke so sternly that the invader was ashamed of his cruel deed.

It was well acted and-the whole story was very interesting and exciting. In the play A. Vasdev, A Marks, G. Chadha, M.S. Bisht, H. Dadlani, G. Randhawa and S.S. Sarna acted so well that every one praised them for their excellent performance. Their Hindi was superb. Harish Dadlani's acting as a soldier was very funny, especially when he shouted, 'Oh! my stomach' in Hindi. A. Vasdev played the leading part of Timur the Lame. He was greatly admired by every one.

Himmat Singh Gill (V-B), Soumitra Nahar (V-B)

The P.T. And Gymnastics Display-June 4th, 1979

The1979 P.T. and Gymnastics Display was proclaimed to be no less successful, but possibly more so than those of previous years. Despite the many moments of despondency, in the course of training, all concerned rose to the occasion in grand style on the appointed day. It may be said with confidence that the quality of all events matched the tremendous sweat and perseverance put into it by instructors and boys alike.

For those living on the college campus, it was inspiring to watch the dedication with which preparations were for this annual event. As the weeks ran into months there was a perceptible increase in the tempo of activity. From what began as a somewhat disjointed succession of exercises, emerged a concordant and orderly series of events. This was particularly apparent in P.T., club drill and figure marching, features which required co-ordination and mass manoeuvres over a bewildering tangle of white lines scrawled across the playground. Indeed, when viewed from aloft it provoked the impression that some gigantic Dorothy perched on her equally ample seat had dropped her knitting from Tiffin Top. The second half of May was a period of intense evening in an endeavour to achieve perfection. The strains of music accompanied by the staccato beat of the drum become as familiar as the whistling-thrush, so much so that one almost misses them now that they have ceased for another year.

The weather gods were considerate and ideal conditions prevailed throughout the festivities. At one stage, the soothsayers had predicted that the waxing moon might impair the effect of the torchlight tattoo, but fortunately when Diana shed her veil, the pale cast caused little embarrassment.

With the band of the Kumaon Regimental Centre in attendance, the 2" hour display commenced shortly before sunset with the Horsman Wing ball-drill. It was delightful to see the smart precision with which 130 youngsters acquitted themselves. The item involved 18 P.T. exercises all done to music and without a single word of command. It was difficult to believe that a great many of these young lads were completely new to performing in a display requiring such a high standard of timing and co-ordination. The multi-coloured balls which they handled and twirled, provided a gay splash of colour against the background of the crisp white kit which they wore. The event was concluded with figure formation 'H.W. -the two letters being separated by a ring so prominent that for all the world it seemed to enquire, 'HOW'; the only answer to which could be, 'Splendid, HW!'
The next item was gymnastics presented by 36 boys from Dixon Wing and divided into two parts-ground work and chair-tricks. This event also proved a spectacular display of agility and split-second precision with each participant going through his paces with the self-confidence of a professional. These included cartwheels, somersaults, back - flips and the many other physical contortions which never fail to enthrall the spectators no matter how often they are repeated. Their drill added an element of humour to the event with the marionette-like movements of the participants. Here again, all the sequences were monitored by a whistle and every action blended harmoniously with the beat of the music.

This was followed by the mass P.T. demonstration by 224 Dixon Wing boys-all clad in white and arrayed in 14 ranks across the field. They went through 62 P.T. exercises some of which involved variations in alternate rows. It should be said to their credit that the performance was excellent. Then, at a given signal, the 14 ranks closed in to the centre of the field and formed a tableau suggestive of a lotus, the concentric petals of which opened and closed in rhythmic sequence, the inner corolla taking the form of a pyramid with the college standard raised at its vertex. As spontaneously as it was formed, the tableau dissolved and in, moments, 14 ranks of boys arrayed in white were back on their original spots for a further series of musical exercises before doubling off the field to make way for the 8 gymnasts on the parallel bars.

This, too, was an event of considerable merit earning the acclaim of all who beheld it. The drill was conducted to waltz time, reminding one in some respects of a ballet troupe complete with spotlights. The ease with which the artists wafted over and through the bars aptly demonstrated the bounce that these India-rubber men possess. Their turn over, the team stepping high, trotted off the field.

Next came the 5 Junior trampoline acrobats who in their relatively short display provided a number of thrilling moments-and also some reservations about Newton's laws of gravity. The aerial somersaults and free falls were particularly noteworthy and must surely have momentarily provided the performers with a completely new angle on life.

Now it was the turn of the vaulting team composed of 12 senior boys from Dixon Wing. The wooden horse, spring-board and mats in position, the participants, in quick succession, commenced their headlong assault over the broad-horse. And, as if life was not already difficult enough, they proceeded to vault over the backs of two companions crouched atop the horse. Another outstanding act was the flying-leap, clearing the box terminating in a forward head-roll. The stunts performed on the long-horse were equally impressive, but the most spectacular episode was when the boys with the greatest abandon, launched themselves through the flaming hoops held over the wooden horse, landing on the gym mats after completing a somersault off the end of the box. This was an event to be admired for the sheer dash and daring with which it was accomplished-without sacrificing either rhythm or finesse.

Beyond the floodlit area of activity, it had now become dark enough to proceed with the eighth event of the evening; the illuminated club-drill, this being the prelude to the torch-light tattoo. The participants holding pairs of red and green torches in alternating rows, swung into the musical club-drill with most enchanting effect. The pairs of lights wielded by the boys created a fascinating medley of twin-toned designs with spirals and streaks, waves and whirls against the night's silvery gloom.

At the appointed moment the illusion ceased and the symmetry the club-drill fanned out into serried ranks of red and green lights heading through the darkness towards their predetermined configurations. The figure marching had begun. At last the mysterious tangle of Dorothy's knitting began to unravel as each coloured strand revealed enlightenment. Moving threads of yellow lights now snaked their way into this colorful pageant. The steady processions of lights transposed themselves into counter-moving and interlinked Euclidean figures continually changing with kaleidoscopic variety. Once more the coloured lights dispersed like strings of rubies, emerald and yellow topaz only to re-form gem-encrusted tableaux of the Cutup Miner followed by the emblem depicting the international Year of the Child and finally, the College Crest super scribed with the words 'Sherwood College'. This was indeed a spectacle to remember.

Amongst all the activities of the College, this is perhaps the only one which calls for the mass participation of the boys-and its success depends entirely on the spirit of endeavour and team-work displayed by the participants. Over the years Sherwood has earned a degree of renown for these qualities, but this is no reason for complacency. Since there is always room for improvement, it is the responsibility of all concerned to continue in the pursuit of perfection and by so doing uphold the finest traditions of Sherwood.

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