RIET hosted the wonderful Odissi dance by the famous odissi exponent Sharon Lowen on 2/9/16 in the Choturam seminar hall. The programme started with the lightening of the lamp and a prayer to Saraswati Ma, the goddess of learning and art. Principal RIET, Prof (Dr.) Saroj Hiranwal, addressed the gathering with her welcome speech and briefed about the contribution by SPIC MACAY and its performance in preserving and developing folk culture, dance, music and art. She also welcomed the guest artists and felicitated Ms. Sharon with a bouquet
SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a non-political, nationwide, voluntary movement founded in 1977 by Dr. Kiran Seth.
SPIC MACAYs intention is to enrich the quality of formal education by increasing awareness about different aspects of Indian heritage and inspiring the young mind to imbibe the values embedded in it. It seeks to inspire youth through experiencing the mysticism embodied in the rich and heterogeneous cultural tapestry of Indian and World Heritage, with a hope that the beauty, grace, values and wisdom embodied in these arts will influence their way of life and thinking and inspire one to become a better human being. For this, the most accomplished artistes of the country render programmes of Indian classical music and dance, folk, poetry, theatre, traditional paintings, crafts & yoga primarily in schools and colleges
Sharon Lowen who performed on the occasion is an Odissi dancer, trained since 1975 by the famous Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She has performed and choreographed for film and television and presented hundreds of concerts throughout India. Ms Sharon performance was extremely beautiful. She not only performed the recitals but also explained each dance explaining its relevance and importance in the Indian Hindu mythology.
She also explained that Odissi is a major ancient classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Odisha. Odissi, in its history, was performed predominantly by women, and expressed religious stories and spiritual ideas, particularly of Vaishnavism (Vishnu as Jagannath), but also of other traditions such as those related to Hindu gods Shiva and Surya, as well as Hindu goddesses .
The programme ended with thunderous applause by the 1st and the 2nd year students along with the faculty members. Ms. Sharon and her troupe were given vote of thanks by Ms. Vijaya Chakravarty.