An Introduction

Celesta International’ is a mega ‘cultural festival’ organized by CMS, Aliganj Campus I, Lucknow, India.

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.

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 the explore the world through a variety of performing Arts such as ‘Music’, ‘Dance’, ‘Drama’ and ‘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.

Each participating team will comprise 8 students (Max.) accompanied by a ‘Team Leader’ and an accompanist in the ‘XII Celesta International’.

The Principals of participating Schools would be our special ‘guests of honour’.

All the competitions are judged by a distinguished ‘Panel of Judges’, comprising renowned artists and eminent experts in their respective fields.

Hospitality including free ‘boarding’, ‘lodging’ and ‘local transportation’ shall be extended by the ‘Organising Team’.

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 XII International Cultural Competition Celesta 2018, 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 2018. 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 2018 to witness the astonishing and amazing beauty as it unfolds itself day by day in this four- day long cultural fiesta.

Mrs Jyoti Kashyap

Convenor, Celesta International &
Senior 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, Drs & Dr Jagdish Gandhi. Dr Jagdish Gandhi is a true Gandhian, and his wife Dr. Bharti Gandhi, M.Ed., is a child psychologist.

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 highest order in students.

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. Jai Jagat is not only the CMS greeting and slogan, it is 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 Gandhis 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 emphasis 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 Gandhis 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 Gandhis 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 likeminded luminaries.

General Guidelines and Code of Conduct

General Guidelines

  1. The team from the participating institution should comprise a maximum of 8 participants from classes IX to XII. The age group of the team members should be between 14 to 18 years.
  2. The team members should be accompanied by 1 teacher in-charge and 1 teacher accompanist. The team should consist of 8 participants and 2 teachers. The total number of members in the team should not exceed 10.
  3. For the group events (i.e. Choir, Choreography, Traditional Folk Dance & Orchestra) the team will include minimum 6 student participants else the team would be disqualified for that particular event. The student participating in Art & Painting should not be participating in the Choir competition. Similarly the student participating in 3D Collage should not be participating in Orchestra Competition as these events are to be held simultaneously.
  4. The teams should arrive in Lucknow by 8th August 2018 positively for registration.
  5. The introduction of the teams will be held on 9th August 2018.
  6. It is essential for the team members and leaders to be present until the prize distribution ceremony at the end of the festival.
  7. The Participants will have to bring their own tape recorders for practice purposes.
  8. All musical instruments required by the participants will have to be arranged by the teams themselves.
  9. Air / Rail fares will be borne by the participants / participating institutions. Boarding and Lodging will be provided free of cost.
  10. To qualify for the Championship Trophy, a team will have to participate in all the events.

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 on the left breast-pocket at all times.
  2. Outstation team members (including teachers, 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 at all times. 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.

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


Art & Painting

Time : 2 hours

Topic : Mystical Melodies


  1. Only one participant will be allowed.
  2. The participant is supposed to bring his own material and colours.

3D Collage

Time : 3 hours

Topic : Rhythms of the Universe


  1. Maximum 2 participant will be allowed.
  2. The participant is supposed to bring his own material and colours.


Time : 6 minutes

Topic : Unity in Diversity


  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. (However the use of alaap and shlokas is allowed.)
  4. Judging of the event will be based on interpretation of the topic, music, appeal and presentation.

Traditional Folk Dance

Time : 5 minutes


  1. The team will be allowed a minimum of 6 participants.
  2. Commercial songs are not allowed.
  3. Pre-recorded songs & music will be allowed.
  4. Judging of the event will be based on the costumes, synchronization, appeal and presentation.


Time : 5 minutes


  1. The team will be allowed a minimum of six participants
  2. Commercial songs or tunes are not allowed.
  3. Judging of the event will be based on synchronisation, melody and appeal.
  4. Judging of the event will be based on synchronisation, melody and appeal.


Time : 6 minutes

Topic : Peace, Universal Brotherhood, Patriotism


  1. The team will be allowed a minimum number of 6 participants.
  2. No commercial songs and pre-recorded music will be allowed.
  3. The song may be in any language.
  4. The name of lyricist should be submitted with the lyrics.
  5. The lyrics will have to be submitted in triplicate at the time of registration.
  6. Not more than 3 accompanists are allowed who have to be a part of the 10 member team.



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World Unity Convention Center (WUCC), CMS Kanpur Road Campus, LDA Colony
Kanpur Road, Lucknow INDIA.

Contact Us

Mrs Jyoti Kashyap

Convenor, Celesta International & Senior Principal
Sector 'O', Lucknow, U.P., INDIA
Phones: +91–522-2326882, 2374897
Fax No.: +91–522–2763585, 2638008