An Introduction

‘Celesta International’ is a mega ‘cultural festival’ organized by CMS, Aliganj Campus I, Lucknow, India. India is a land of various cultures and traditions. Unity in diversity is the beauty of our homeland. It is pertinent to mention that the need for ‘Celesta International’ was felt when it was realized that modernization is diminishing the traditional forms of culture and art. Therefore, it is our duty to preserve our rich cultural heritage for the upcoming generation. Keeping this in mind this International fest is designed. Our rich cultural heritage has been a source of inspiration for all of us. The cultural teams of various countries and schools would blend to evolve a combined global culture.

Since its inception, this event has achieved a huge success and witnessed many national and international talents of several schools of different Countries of the World and various States of India.

Celesta International’, a ‘4 day ’ ‘Cultural Fiesta ’, …

  • plays a pivotal role in promoting rich ‘cultural heritage’ of different parts of the Globe.
  • provides a platform for budding artists to showcase their talents, skills and abilities.
  • offers an excellent opportunity to children to expand their vistas and broaden their horizons so that they work together to develop a combined global culture.
  • aims at preserving our rich culture and tradition by stimulating the minds of children to express, expand and explore the world through a variety of performing Arts such as Music, Dance, Drama, Painting, etc.

It is apposite to share that all events, programmes and competitions are held with a spirit of camaraderie and bonhomie among different teams representing different parts of the globe.

It would perhaps be appropriate to inform you that City Montessori School is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest school in a single city now with 57,086 students. At City Montessori School we believe and practice that the world is but one country and mankind its citizen. For 60 years we have been teaching our children about world unity and putting it in practice. City Montessori School is a school to experience and Celesta a unique platform for the youth of the world to interact, open new vistas and widen horizons.

Letter of Invitation

Dear Principals of eminent schools/colleges of the world, greetings and best wishes from CMS.

It is our pleasure to invite your school to participate in the XIII International Cultural Competition Celesta 2020, organized by City Montessori School, Aliganj Campus I (Sec-O), Lucknow. Celesta is an internationally acclaimed competition held every alternate year with the aim of promoting cross- cultural interactions and opportunities of multilingual learning between the children of the various countries of the world on a global platform with an array of competitions in Music, Dance and Art. It provides us with the opportunity to shed our petty differences, enhance the similarities through shared artistic expressions. This competition is scheduled from the 9th to the 12th of August 2020. The officials and judges are distinguished in their fields, making the level of competition and the degree of merit achieved commendable. It is our endeavor to focus on cultural exchange for positive and constructive purposes.

We welcome your participation in CELESTA international 2020 to witness the astonishing and amazing beauty as it unfolds itself day by day in this four- day long cultural fiesta.

We extend a special invitation to the Principal of the school as our guest of honour.

We look forward to seeing you in August 2020.


Mrs Jyoti Kashyap

Convenor, Celesta International &
Senior Principal, CMS Aliganj Campus I
Lucknow, INDIA

Mrs Shivani Singh

Co-Convenor, Celesta International &
Principal, CMS Aliganj Campus I
Lucknow, INDIA


Dr Jagdish Gandhi & Dr Bharti Gandhi
Founder-Manager & Founder-Director

The City Montessori School (CMS) Lucknow, India, was founded in 1959 by a young visionary couple, Dr. Jagdish Gandhi & Dr. (Mrs.) Bharti Gandhi. Dr. Jagdish Gandhi is a true Gandhian, and his wife Dr. Bharti Gandhi, a lecturer and child psychologist has dedicated her life towards the education of children.

Full of vigour and enthusiasm, the devoted pair launched their first campus on a borrowed capital of three hundred rupees, housed it in rented premises and began with only five students on roll. The young couple had to face a myriad of initial difficulties in making their vision a reality. Over the years, however, they have successfully overcome these difficulties with unflinching devotion to their original mission.

The husband and wife team was greatly inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. They wanted their students to inculcate values of universal brotherhood and human virtues of the highest order.

The stirring call of Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave 'Jai Jagat' (Hail the World), became the school motto. The school has since proved true to its mission of Jai Jagat which is not only the CMS greeting and slogan, but also its guiding vision — to inspire the children and the youth to think in terms of welfare of all the people of the world.

In 1974, the Gandhi’s accepted the Baha'i Faith. Following the ideals of Bahai Faith, Mr. Gandhi gave up politics to work full time for serving the cause of education. The Baha'i emphasizes on emulation of the common features of all religions and values of 'Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam' were duly incorporated in the school curriculum and activities. Soon the school's commitment to great ideals attracted the discerning parents of the city, who chose to send their children to CMS.

The Gandhi’s were able to get a dedicated team of principals and teachers, some of whom were students and trainees in the first Teachers Training College that the Gandhi’s had established. Many of these early associates are still serving the institution in various capacities.

CMS Philosophy

CMS philosophy is based on the concept of “Jai Jagat” i.e. ‘Hail the World’.

The vedic ideal of ‘Vasudhav Kutumbakam” i.e. ‘Mankind is but one family’ the sole purpose of CMS education is to establish the ‘Kingdom of God’ on earth by imparting holistic education to children.

CMS strives to ignite the fire of knowledge and wisdom in the hearts and minds of children so that they work together to usher in an era of peace and unity in the world.

We at CMS have always tried to share our spiritual vision with like-minded luminaries.

General Guidelines and Code of Conduct

General Guidelines

  1. The team from the participating institution should comprise a maximum of 8 student participants from classes VI to XII.

  2. The team members should be accompanied by 1 teacher in-charge and 1 teacher accompanist.The total number of members in the team should not exceed 10 (8 students and 2 teachers).

  3. For the group events i.e. Chorus Singing, Choreography, Traditional Folk Dance & Orchestra, the team will include minimum 6 student participants else the team would be disqualified for that particular event.

  4. The student participating in T-Shirt Painting should not be participating in the Orchestra. Similarly, the students participating in Paper Collage should not be participating in Chorus Singing as these events are to be held simultaneously.

  5. The teams should arrive in Lucknow by 8th August, 2020 positively.

  6. All the participating teams will be introduced in a gala event to be held on the 9thof August 2020. Please carry some traditional costumes to participate in the grand march for the same.

  7. It is essential for the team members and leaders to be present until the prize distribution ceremony at the end of the festival.

  8. The Participants will have to bring their own tape recorders for practice purposes.

  9. All musical instruments required by the participants will have to be arranged by the teams themselves.

  10. Air / Rail fares will be borne by the participants / participating institutions.

  11. To qualify for the Championship Trophy, a team will have to participate in all the events.

  12. We will be happy to extend hospitality, including boarding, lodging and transportation to the participants who are registered to participate in Celesta 2020.

  13. We can only accommodate a limited number of teams; kindly confirm your participation at the earliest.

  14. Use of fire and smoke is prohibited.

  15. Original and innovative ideas will be appreciated and marked accordingly.

  16. The team leaders/accompanists can participate in an event “Mentors’-Minute to fame”.

  17. The Drum-kit (MAPEX) and Keyboard (PSR 770-Yamaha) can be provided if required by the teams.

  18. Please register yourself on or before 31st July 2020.

Registration Fees

  1. All National and International teams are required to pay ₹ 1,000/= (Rupees One Thousand only) per student i.e. 8 x 1,000 =₹ 8,000/- or equivalent US Dollarsthrough a demand draft in the name of 'CITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL, LUCKNOW'.

  2. Please ensure that the DD must reach us before 31st July 2020.

  3. There is no registration fee for the team leaders and accompanists.

  4. A confirmation mail may be sent for participation.

Code of Conduct

  1. Students will wear complete school uniform at all times during the competition. Identification badges will be presented to the participants upon arrival. These must be worn at all times.

  2. Outstation team members (including teachers and team leaders) must be present at the venue at all times.

  3. No friends or outsiders will be allowed to meet the participants or team leaders until the competition is over.

  4. Discipline and decorum is to be maintained throughout the event. Team Leaders will be personally responsible for the conduct of the team members. Any breach of conduct may lead to the disqualification of the team.

  5. It is not essential for a team to participate in all events. However, once registered for an event, the team is obliged to participate in that event.

  6. The judges’ decision would be final.

Note: : Depending upon the number of entries received, the programme schedule is subject to change.


T-Shirt Designing

Speak through your brush, and let your imagination flow through colours.

Time : 3 hours

Topic : Design a logo for CELESTA 2022


  1. Only one participant will be allowed.

  2. The participant is supposed to bring his/her own colours & material.

  3. Plain white T-Shirt will be provided at the venue.

  4. No participant will be allowed to bring Trace papers.

Paper Collage

Reflect the nature’s beauty at its best; and let your collage speak the rest.

Time : 3 hours

Topic : Harmony of Forests


  1. Only one participant is allowed.

  2. The participant is supposed to bring his/her own material.


Let’s thrive on rhythm of life; enjoy, celebrate and surprise!

Time : 6 minutes

Topic : Rhythm of Life


  1. The team will be allowed a minimum of 6 participants.

  2. Pre-recorded instrumental music is allowed.

  3. Lyrics based songs are not allowed.

  4. Only hand props will be allowed.

  5. Judging of the event will be based on interpretation of the topic, music, presentation, synchronization and time limit.

Traditional Folk Dance

Time : 6 minutes


  1. The team will be allowed a minimum of 6 participants.

  2. Only original traditional Folk track would be allowed.

  3. Pre-recorded songs & music will be allowed.

  4. Judging of the event will be based on the originality, costumes, synchronization, perfection and time limit.


Music is a language without words; that binds all strings and cords.

Time : 8 minutes including stage setting

  1. The team will be allowed a minimum of 6 participants

  2. Commercial songs or tunes (Bollywood and Hollywood) are not allowed.

  3. Auto rhythm/ prerecorded track are not allowed.

  4. Teachers are not allowed to participate.

  5. Judging of the event will be based on synchronization, melody, rhythm, originality and time limit.

Chorus Singing

Sing one sing all; one for each and each for all

Time : 6 minutes

Topic : Motivation

  1. The team will be allowed a minimum number of 6 participants.

  2. No commercial songs (Bollywood and Hollywood) and pre-recorded music will be allowed.

  3. The song may be in any language.

  4. The name of the lyricist should be submitted with the lyrics in Hindi/English.

  5. The lyrics will have to be submitted in triplicate at the time of registration.

  6. Only 3 instruments will be allowed.

  7. 2 teachers can participate as accompanists.

Mentors’-Minute to fame

Time : 2 minutes


  1. 1 teacher from each team can participate.

  2. It’s an open category wherein the teacher can showcase his/her talent – Singing, acting, dancing etc.

  3. This competition is exclusive of the team competition. No marks will be added for the overall trophy however the participant will be awarded prizes for the same.



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