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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

THE MAYPOLE IN KGF BOYS' SCHOOL



KGF SCHOOL - THE MAY POLE
The KGF Boys' School in Nandydroog Mine (which was later renamed as Parkinson Memorial School and later the BGML School) was a Co-educational School in the early years. I completed my Primary Education in this school during the 1950's and shifted to St Joseph's Convent School, Champion Reefs from the 5th Standard onwards. My first teacher in KGF School was Mrs Borthwick who was the Baby Class teacher as well as the music teacher. She would play the piano during the Singing Class, and also for us to dance the May Pole. Dancing the Maypole was such a delightful experience, watching the coloured streamers / ribbons intercrossing and interlacing each other and forming beautiful myriad designs. The dancers had to keep changing their positions in time to the music in order to weave the required design. It was truly a sight to behold. When she struck the first Chord on the Piano it was the signal for us to bow to our partners. On the second chord we would go to the May Pole and each one would pick up their streamer / ribbon. We would wind it around our waists, and stand still till she struck the next chord. We had to stand in a circle a distance away from the May Pole so that the streamers / ribbons would be quite taut She would then play a tune and we had to change our positions in time to the music to weave and create a most wonderful design. At the end of the tune all the dancers would be near the Pole with shortened ribbons / streamers but under a most beautiful canopy woven by them. 
Actually I have'nt seen a Maypole again ever since I left the KGF School all those years ago. I managed to get a picture of the May Pole from Google Images which I'm sharing above so that those who haven't seen or heard of a May Pole would have an idea of it. This is the Maypole Room below 

KGF CRICKET TOURNAMENT 1947-48 AND 2948-49

PHOTOGRAPH OF THE OORGAUM 'A' TEAM WHO WERE OVER ALL WINNERS OF THE LEAGUE AND KNOCK OUT CRICKET TOURNAMENTS FOR THE 1947-48 AND 1948-49 SEASONS.