SAI International hosted a never seen before virtual cultural fest e-UNWIND 2021 on Sunday January 23, 2022, over an immersive and lifelike virtual 3D venue. It was hosted and led by the Class XI & XII students of Humanities and Commerce. e-UNWIND this year replicated the features of a physical event; however it was attended from the comfort of the home. UNWIND a brainchild of Founder–Chairman Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, aims to render a unique learning experience for the students as it prepares the students for a promising future thereby developing an entrepreneurial mindset along with cultivating human values.
e-Unwind was declared open by the Chairperson, SAI International Education Group, Dr Silpi Sahoo in the opening ceremony followed by graceful Odissi dance performance by ace Indian Odissi dancer Shri Saswat Joshi.
UNWIND held virtually this year, had 11,250 participants on its online platform in 6 tracks, enjoying learning from the 24 workshops, activities and competitions. Students from Nursery to Class XII of SAI International School, SAI Angan and SAI International Residential School participated in the Virtual Platform. The one-day mega fest is completely student-led, and not just encompasses a gamut of interesting activities but also some CSR initiatives.
On the occasion, the SAIoneers along with their parents showcased their musical and dancing talents in the virtual platforms during UNWIND 2021.The larger-than-life pictorial island 3D virtual platform encompasses Help Desk, Track Lobby, Main Auditorium, e-Booths, Agenda and the Gaming Deck on different parts of the island. The agenda gave an idea of the various activities being held and students could accordingly plan a fun day on the island with friends and family.
Other than the parent and student performances the Chef from Japan, Chiho Nakagawa & Team demonstrated some mouth-watering Japanese delicacies and their recipes with the participants in the cookery workshop. There were many more workshops from Tie and Dye, Get groovy (Salsa dance), Pseudobulbar for Standup Comedy, Face Painting, Film making, Mock tail and snacks cooking, Environmental Art and Art & Craft workshop by Nationally acclaimed experts to a motivational session. The online game such as Spin the Wheel, Kahoot, Guess the Logo, Emoticon Battle, BGMI, Valorant and other games on the deck such as Packman, Football and many others other kept the children glued to the Booths and won many food coupons from Swiggy- the food delivery partner which are valid for the next seven days. So the fun continues for the next seven days for the students. There were also virtual tours to the world offered by the students in one of the track led by the Going Global Club of SAI International.
A message oriented movie Dumbo was screened on one of the tracks of the platform. The entire day concluded with the mesmerizing Main stage stellar and charismatic celebrity performances i.e. a fusion dance performance by a leading Kathak Dancer of India Sharvari Jamenis and well known face of in the choreographers of bollywood, Manasi Patil’s troupe from Aadya Creations, a melodious musical band performance by Ankur Dobrial from ScoopWhoop and spellbinding Sand Art by Santosh Kumar Sethi one of the finalists of India’s Got Talent.
As a part of the CSR activity warm clothes were distributed in the tribal areas of the nearby locations of Bhubaneswar–Cuttack. Holistic Parenting Awards were also presented to the achievers of 2019-20 and 2020-21 for their outstanding performance, their relentless efforts, perseverance and devotion in the CBSE Class XII Board exams and also a Stellar Achiever award was bestowed upon Goutam Das for being the state topper in JEE 2021 by getting AIR 115 in IIT-JEE (Advanced).
Speaking on the occasion Chairperson, SAI International Education Group Dr Silpi Sahoo said, “It gives me immense joy to see my SAIoneers of Commerce and Humanities put up such a mega and immersive platform for UNWIND 2021. I am sure that all the students would have enjoyed the entire session. UNWIND is a platform where children learn the skills of leadership, entrepreneurship and empathy. The vision of Founder-Chairman Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo was to build critical thinkers, problem solvers with insightful and focused thoughts, the future entrepreneurial citizens of India. He dreamt of creating global leaders who are critical-thinking innovators with flourishing careers and ready to re-shape the world for the better. I am happy to see my SAIoneers walking on the path laid down by our Founder –Chairman.