News & Events / The Brigade Schools 2024 Graduation: An Evening of Inspiration and Change-Making Excellence



Keynote Address for Graduating Students 2024
Brigade Foundation Change Maker Award

On the 30 th of January, the graduating students of The Brigade Schools 2024, participated in a memorable evening filled with inspiration, dedication and commitment to rise above the ordinary and become the best versions of themselves.

The event commenced with the invocation and lighting of the lamp, creating a serene ambience that set the stage for the evening.

Mrs. Suresh, the Principal of The Brigade School @ Whitefield, delivered the welcome speech, followed by the Founder, Mrs. Githa Shankar's address to the graduating students.

Air Cmde K C Kuruvilla (Retd.) delivered the keynote address, inspiring graduating students with his real-life experiences and perseverance during challenging times. He shared gripping stories from his 1971 captivity, recounting the challenges he faced during the Indo-Pak war. His survival showcased bravery and resilience in the face of adversity. The Air Commodore's gallantry and devotion to duty made him the perfect role model for the graduating students. Mrs Shankar felicitated Air Commodore Mr K C Kuruvilla.

The Malleswaram School choir delivered a beautiful performance of "We'll Rise Above," resonating with the theme of overcoming challenges. The song reaffirmed the potential within us, to go beyond our comfort zones and reach out to those who need a helping hand and make this world a better place.

Two Hindi songs performed by the talented music teachers added a harmonious element to the evening.

The programme ‘Passion with Compassion’ is our Founder, Mrs Githa Shankar’s brainchild. In keeping with this, Mrs Githa Shankar felicitated ‘Mr. Thomas Raja, known as Auto Raja, for his remarkable humanitarian efforts. The moniker Auto Raja was given to him because it was his auto that was and is still being used to help the needy and the underprivileged in his home.

As part of this programme, he received the "Brigade Foundation Change Maker Award", with a significant cheque of Rs 10,00,000. Mr Thomas Raja, the founder of New Ark Mission of India, has dedicated himself to helping the impoverished in Bengaluru. He provides food, shelter, and healthcare. In his words, “The home of hope is where the future of the homeless lies. I started this home with compassion and faith as my only investment.” A short film depicting his endeavours illustrated his unwavering commitment to the cause.

The event also acknowledged Mrs Bakiyalakshmi Raman, a long-serving member of the Brigade Foundation staff, highlighting her dedication and service. This recognition underlined the importance of commitment and loyalty within the organisation.

Students at The Brigade School @ Whitefield performed a beautiful dance that combined Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and Odissi with elegance.

The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem. The programme created a meaningful event for everyone, from inspiring speeches to excellent performances.
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