City lad takes part in R-Day parade in Delhi

Rupith D’Souza, a Class 9 student at St Aloysius High School, Kodialbail, has taken part in the Republic Day Parade held in Delhi. 

He is the only high school cadet in NCC Air Wing from Karnataka and Goa Directorate to take part in the camp this year. 

Addressing mediapersons here on Friday, Rupith said he was one of the two high school students who were selected for key board playing competition in the Republic Day parade in Delhi. 

Rupith is the son of Ignatius D’ Souza and Preethi D’ Souza and is an NCC Air Wing cadet at the school. After taking part in Republic Day training in Brahmavar, Mysuru and Bengaluru, he got selected for the R-Day parade in Delhi. 

It took about 100 days of rigorous training and hard work to reach Delhi, he said. He said he got an opportunity to play keyboard at the residences of Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Admiral R K Dhawan in Delhi. 

“On January 27, I got a unique opportunity to play keyboard at the Rashtrapati Bhavan,” a beaming Rupith said.  

Rupith has passed his sixth grade examination in keyboard in distinction from Trinity College of Music, London.

He is also an athlete and has secured second place in 400-metre race conducted by the Education Department, thus getting qualified for the national level.

St Aloysius High School Principal Rev Fr Edward Rodrigues S J, Rupith’s mother Preethi D’Souza and NCC Officer of St Aloysius High School Air Wing Sunil Rohan Lobo were present in the press conference. 

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