School group from Kalimpong, West Bengal becomes first to represent India at Basel Tattoo Festival

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Last update: July 19, 2022, 4:32 p.m. HST

An image of student performance in Switzerland

The group of around 20 students made history by being the only Indian school group in this international program. It is considered the second largest military music festival after the Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland.

Kumudini Homes School Pipes and Drums Band, official of Kalimpong, represented India at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland. The Basel Tattoo is considered one of the biggest military music festivals. The program saw military bands from around the world.

The group of around 20 students made history by being the only Indian school group in this international program. Kumudini’s contingent, including teacher-mentor Priyadarshi Lama. They were invited by the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, organizer of the Basel Tattoo. It is considered the second largest military music festival after the Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland.

This school group started its journey in the 60s and is very famous in this region.

Despite the invitation, the road to reach Switzerland was not easy. Their flight was canceled and the group had to rebook their tickets.

Rufhas Chethri, father of 17-year-old Subham Chethri, who is now in Switzerland, told News18: “I can’t sleep. I’m just a small carpenter and my son is now in Switzerland. He called us in the morning around 3 am and told us that their performance had gone well. I feel very happy and thank God for that. They will come on the 25th and we will have a big party.

Not just the father, but all of Kalingpong is proud of these children. Speaking to News 18, GTA President Anit Thapa said, “We are very proud, our hills have talent in both music and sports, if we get the support we will do well. Our motto is to nurture more such talents.

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