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Tuesday , January 28 , 2014
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Stars shine at Spic Macay

Rourkela, Jan. 27: Performances and workshops in various forms of arts took place at the three-day state convention of Spic Macay that concluded at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, on Sunday.

Street plays by Chandigarh-based renowned theatre director G.S. Chani were the highlight of the performances on the final day. Chani included many folk elements in dance, song, costumes and presentation of the street play that was based on awareness regarding AIDS and sex education.

In the evening, the troupe performed a version of Romeo and Juliet at the NIT auditorium and won over the hearts of young theatre enthusiasts.

“It was fascinating to watch the play that we have read and seen in various forms so many times. The street play too was very innovative,” said an NIT student Gaurav Kumar Behera.

The cultural programme on Saturday evening started with the lyrical enchanting of age-old Odissi music rendition by veteran composer and vocalist Ramahari Das. It was followed by Geeta Chandran’s live performance, showcasing the glorious intricacies of the traditional Bharatnatyam dance along with her troupe that enthralled the audience throughout the recital.

On the inaugural day, Grammy award-winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt played his Mohan Veena at the concert.

Apart from the cultural highlights, a two-day workshop on dance and art was also conducted at the state convention. Geeta Chandran hosted the Bharatnatyam workshop in the morning, which drew classical dancers who were taught about the basics of abhinayas of the south Indian classical dance form. Simultaneously, a sand art workshop was also organised under the supervision of renowned sand artist Sridhar Dash followed by clay art workshop by Odia artists.

On Sunday afternoon, a painting workshop by the Spic Macay society of NIT Rourkela turned out to be a major attraction. At the same time, founder of Spic Macay, Kiran Seth, had organised a Nada Yoga class to train the young minds in calming their minds.

“We loved every part of the event. It was a wonderful experience to find different ways of giving expressions to our creativity,” said Manoranjan, another NIT student.