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By: Prof. Saji George

Spicmacay State Convention

RCBS in association with SPIC MACAY hosted 'SARGAM-18'- a three day Kerala State Convention of SPICMACAY from January 26-28, 2018.

It was inaugurated by  the Water Resources Minister, Advocate Mathew T. Thomas on January 26th 2018.

The inaugural performance was by Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, followed by an Odissi performance by Smt. Sujata Mohapatra.
Traditional art forms like Eddaka, Chakyarkoothu, and Panchavadyam were also showcased in the morning.

The second day featured lecture demonstrations by eminent teachers in Koodiyattam, Mohiniyattam and Kathakali, followed by a violin performance  by Dr. L. Subramanium and Bharatanatyam by Smt. Meenakshi Srinivasan.

There were various workshops on all three days in Carnatic music, Odissi, Koodiyattam, Kathakali, Hindustani Music, Mohiniyattam, Pottery, Kerala mural painting, Cherial painting, and saw dust mask making. On the last day, the participants including the foreign delegates  showcased what they had learned.

The valedictory function on 28th January, was presided over by Rev. Dr. Mathew Vattathara CMI, our Director. The chief guest was Dr. Sreeram Venkitaraman IAS, Director, Training and Employment Department, Kerala. Mr. P S Moni, State head, Kerala, Indian Oil Corporation and Mr. MD Varghese, GM  Cochin Shipyard were other dignitaries on the  occasion.

Cochin Shipyard also announced it’s future financial support for SPICMACAY movement to reach out to 60 government Schools through various cultural art forms.The program was concluded with a grand finale sitar performance by Ustad Sahid Parvez Khan.

There were 240 registration from various schools, colleges and universities including few foreign delegates, out of which 170 participants came on the first day and few joined on the second and third day. There were approximately 200 people from the public who came for the evening concerts, including the members of the faculty.

It was an excellent effort of the state team SPICMACAY and our students team and  faculty colleges Dr. Saji George, Dr. Susan and Dr. Lakshman. The SPICMACAY Founder  Dr. Kiran Seth, State coordinator Mr. Velayuda Kurup, Senior volunteers of SPICMACY and most of  the participants were extremely happy with the convention. It got an excellent media coverage on all the days.

Altogether it was a huge success and everybody learnt and enjoyed tremendously!

The few photographs below give a glimpse into the events of the 3 day SARGAM.

 

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