Taal – The Beat of Life
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Around 150 pupils from Thirds to U6 took part in Taal on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December. Taal, which means “the beat of life”, is an exciting fusion of Asian dance, music and acting. Now in its 13th year, Taal has become a much anticipated fixture in our calendar as well as an important part of the School’s cultural life. The event is totally student driven with members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Muslim Society (HSBM Society) writing, choreographing and directing the event. The script this year was written by Aqib Ahmed with Avantika Sood overseeing the choreography. In addition, the pupils assume full responsibility for everything from finding sponsorship from local businesses to sourcing costumes. President of the HSBM Society, Aisha Chowdhury said for her, “Taal has been a great way of making friends from all year groups. I’ve been involved since the L4 and it has become a massive part of my school life, I’m really sad that this will be my last one. It’s a lot of work, but so worthwhile.”
Taal is also a major fund raiser for charities and this year it is supporting Smile Train and Charity Right. Charity Right provides vital food aid to starving people in the most underprivileged places in the world. Their amazing work has served 1.4 million meals in 6 countries worldwide. Smile Train is a charity which provides free cleft repair to those in need while helping to train local doctors. Every year, over 170,000 children are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The cleft repair makes it possible for a child born with cleft to eat, breath, speak properly and smile. Representative of both charities enjoyed the performances. we hope that this year’s Taal will have raised in excess of seven thousand pounds to be divided equally between the two charities.
Mrs Ireland was enthusiastic about the evening “Taal 2014 continued the strong tradition of pupil-led entertainment of a terrific standard! Music, drama and dancing all to help support those who are less fortunate; bravo!”