Spic Macay Programs
PROGRAMS IN RAJASTHAN:
had not been keeping well with her cold and bronchitis since the Arangetrams
of Nitya Muthat and Kannan Rasiah on 14th and 15th August, in Richmond
and Yogaville. Despite this disturbing illness of Shanta and the distressing
thoughts of Krishnaveni’s departure, the committed trip to Rajasthan was
undertaken. Divya Sivasundar (Dhananjayan’s niece) accompanied to
dance with VPD and she was an instantaneous hit with the school and college
children. The dancers went to Jaipur, Kota, Chitturgarh, Bhilwara,
Ajmir, Nasirabad, Fetehpur, Bikaner, Suratgarh and Hanumanpur, Borogram
and back to Delhi.
Facing children of all levels and background was a challenge.
"It felt like we were getting a million dollar award, when they mobbed
us after each session with enthusiastic smiles and interesting questions.
What a satisfaction! We have really won their heart. It was a new
experience for young Divya, a brilliant Bharatanaatyam dancer, who had
a chance to dance 12 successive days continuously with almost six hours
of travel everyday."
The crowd varied
from 300 to 1500 school children.
we had the fantastic opportunity of dancing in an old Shiva temple in Bikaner,
attached to the Royal family of Bikaner. Exactly at mid day 12 o’clock,
an audience of 200 prominent villagers and a few school and collage students
watched us spell bound. It was an experience to be cherished.
A learned Swamijee who presided over the event spoke with such poise and
piety, it was an elevating experience. We felt that Shivjee wanted us to
dance for Him and His ardent devotees. These travel experiences were
so varied and enrichening."
we took another hectic performing assignment in Bangalore. There were two
performances a day from 27th to 29th September. We addressed class one
children to Engineering students and the National Institute of Fashion
Technology & Design, connecting Panchatantra story in Bharatanaatyam
to fashion technology. Deepti Rajesh, another senior disciple was
introduced to the audience here and being a resident of Bangalore, she
was approached by these institutions to conduct workshops and lec-dem periodically,
for the cultural awakening of their students."