Nearly 350 enthusiastic boys and girls of 14 participating schools took part in this mega event. The participating schools were Barnes School and Junior College, Deolali, Nashik, St. Joseph's College, Girls’ High School (GHS) and College, Bishop Johnson School (BJS) and College (Girls' Wing), Benhur High School and College, Mary Lucas School (MLS) and College, IPEM International School, Erny Memorial Senior Secondary School, YMCA Centenary School and College, Tagore Public School (TPS), Dwarika Prasad Public School (DPPS), Army Public School (APS), Khelgoan Public School (KPS) and the host, Boys’ High School (BHS) and College.
Addressing the gathering, the chief guest, Mr. Tariq Khan reminiscence his days at BHS and emphasized on the significance of participation in games and cultural events. He said that such interaction between the students go a long way in the development of their personality and hoped that their three-day experience at the cultural and games fest would be meaningful which they would cherish in the days to come. He said that the latest survey of schools in India conducted by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has declared the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi as the best examining Board of the country having the best syllabi for 10+2 students.
The first on stage event of the day was JAM (Just A Minute). Varied bone-tickling topics were invented by the chairperson, Mr. Shyamal Narain, an alumnus of the school and an advocate of the Allahabad High Court and given to the contestants to speak on for Just-A-Minute without stopping, stuttering, stammering and pausing. The audience was in split as the competitors put their random thoughts into words. This was followed by a Debate. Mr. V. S. Datta, Resident Editor, Northern India Patrika and a great debater of his times was the guest of honour. The topic of this event was "Red is better than white". The depth knowledge and intellect shown by the contestants were highly appreciated. In Sur Sangam and Band Performance, the participants exhibited their musical talents which were highly appreciated by the audience.
Other events which took place on the opening day were Hindi Elocution, Zentangle, Java Magic and Rigmarole. The function was conducted by Mr. L. A. M. French, In-charge, College Section.
The results of the on stage events he ld on Monday are as follows: JAM: Anahad Narain (SJC)-I; Sagarika Banerji (GHS)-II; Shreyansh Srivastava (IPEM)-III; Debate: BHS-I, GHS-II; Best Speaker for the Motion: Pratyaksha Kapoor (BHS) and Best Speaker Against the Motion: Kritika Saraswat (GHS); Sur Sangam: BHS-I, GHS-II; JAVA Magic: SJC-I, BHS-II; Zentangle: Laiba Shamim (GHS)-I, Nikhar Kesari (BHS)-II; Hindi Elocution: Prateek Kr. Singh (BHS)-I; Gautam Mishra (SJC)-II; Band Performance: BHS-I; IPEM-II.