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St Martha’s Hospital is conducted by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore).  The College of Nursing, St. Martha’s Hospital celebrated its 82nd Graduation and Annual day on 4th March 2015.

A public commitment

It was indeed a solemn occasion to witness 85 young nurses stand to profess in public their zeal to serve the sick. Treading in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale, they committed themselves to be beacons of Care, Compassion and Healing in different parts of the world.

Guest speaker

Dr. K.S. Ravindranath, Honourable Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka was the chief guest of the occasion.  He addressed the students and exhorted them to be compassionate to the sick, to light up their lives by alleviating the darkness of pain and suffering.

Other distinguished guests

Mr. Jaikar Jerome (IAS), the Director of St. Martha’s Hospital, Sr. Prameela Perumpalli, the Local Leader and President of St. Martha’s Hospital Society, Dr. Ravindranath, Medical Superintendent, Sr. Naomi Mascarenhas, Nursing Superintendent graced the occasion along with Sr. Shanty Chacko, the Principal of College of Nursing.

A variety of Dances

Since the day marked the twin celebration of Graduation and Annual College day the talented, young nursing students showcased their talents in the form of variety of dances, making the evening truly colourful.

Bharata Natyam – Indian Classical Dance

The entire dance is traditionally presented in a manner fusing nritya (dance) which uses facial expression and mudras (symbols).  Ms Chippy and group, the classical dancers of St. Martha’s College of Nursing performed this dance.

Japanese Fan Dance 

The Japanese fan originally intended to extend good wishes and cheer, symbolic of friendship and loyalty.  Ms Deepika and group performed this dance.

Tibetan Lion Dance 

Tibetan art is religious in nature, a form of sacred art.  Snow Lion is the emblem of Tibet performed during Cham festival and Losar (Tibetan New Year).  Ms Sherap and group brought the Snow Lions alive to the stage expressing their desire to promote a free Tibet.

A Tribute to Soldiers

Soldiers are called to cherish and live up to three ideals:  faithfulness, duty and sacrifice.  In the midst of differing creeds, customs, language and race they respect diversity.

A mix of various cultural dances from different states of India, were on stage one after the other as the  soldier begins his  journey from the south to the north  and his love for the nation even to the point of dying for the country. This display was really heartrending.

Happy and inspirational event

The graduates and the invitees of the celebration had a pleasant and inspirational evening.

 

Click here for the whole ceremony -  St Martha's Hospital Graduation Ceremony

 

Submitted by Sr. Gracy Thomas