Children at Leicester’s Krishna Avanti Primary School were able to perform a very special play for the first time in three years, celebrating the powerful message of Diwali.
For the past two years, children at the multi-faith school have been unable to perform their annual Diwali play due to the effects of Covid-19.
However, Dravit Koorichh, Principal at Krishna Avanti, said that its “universal message” of light and love was more important than ever, due to recent unrest which has been going on in the east of the city.
He applauded the “remarkable” efforts of all the children involved, some of which had never performed in front of an audience before, let alone one of around 160 parents.
“This performance is very important. It represents everything that culminates in what Diwali is, us coming together, celebrating as a community from all walks of life, understanding that love is more powerful than hate, that good is more powerful than evil and that light over shines darkness,” he said following the children’s performance.
“In light of everything that’s been happening in Leicester, and the unrest, we’d like to send out a very special message to the entire community, whether that’s people from a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian background, that this is a time that we can come together, look forward into the future and rebuild that community spirit that Leicester’s always been known for.”
Krishna Avanti Primary School, which sits on Spencefield Lane, prides itself on its multicultural and inclusive approach, which draws from the teachings of Sri Krishna Chaitanya. The schools ethos “propagates humility, equality for all, love and compassion that stretches across all faiths and philosophical teachings.”
“As a multicultural school, whilst we have a Hindu designation, we have children, teachers staff, volunteers and parents from all walks of life, of all different colour and creed, and we’ve come together today to celebrate the message of Diwali, which is actually a universal message of love,” said Principal Koorichh.
“Within the performance, the deep message of Diwali was very clear and it was depicted by innocent souls that we have in our children.”