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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:

Society for Promotion of Indian Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) has lined up programs as part of its Rural School Intensive (RSI) being held in Odisha’s Koraput and Sambalpur districts over the Durga Puja holidays for over 1200 school students and 400 teachers and volunteers.

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The Rural School Intensive format consists of residential camps of 5-7 days duration where the school students experience an ashram like environment. The day typically starts at 4 am with different Yog classes such as Naad Yog, Hath Yog etc followed by workshops with eminent gurus of different music, dance, folk arts, cinema, theater, puppetry etc.

In the afternoon, cinema classics and public lectures are organised to widen the horizons and exposure for the participants. The evenings are reserved for major concerts by renowned artistes of classical music and dance. The last night is the ‘Classical Overnight’ when a series of concerts are held starting late evening and ending early in the morning with Dhrupad.

Other feature of the RSI is the heritage walk held on the last day and demonstration of their learning by participants with their gurus.

SPIC MACAY has been conducting such camps regularly in different parts of the country and they have proven to be life changing experience for the young minds. While these programs have generally been held at prestigious national institutions in big cities, it is for the first time the same being held in Odisha and that too in remote rural districts exclusively for rural and tribal school children.

Professor emeritus at IIT Delhi, Padmashri and Sanskriti award winner, founder of SPIC MACAY Dr Kiran Seth arrived in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday on a 12-day visit during which he attended a state level volunteer’s meet at KIIT University and met the Governor before heading to Koraput to attend the first of it’s kind ‘Rural School Intensive’ being organised by SPIC MACAY at Ekalabya Residential School at Pungar. Another similar Rural School Intensive is being held in Vikas Residential School in Sambalpur. Among the artistes who will take part in these events are Pt Hari Prasad Chourasia, Pt Viswamohan Bhat, N Rajam, Guru Ramahari Das, Vidushi Aruna Mohanty, Vidwan T V Shankarnarayan, Uday Bhawalkar, Pt Debasish Bhattacharya, Pt Ronu Majumdar, VVN Chalapathy Rao – all stalwarts in their fields.

The children will experience Yog at 4 am in the morning followed by workshops in arts and crafts in the morning session. The afternoon session will feature cinema classics and talks by eminent persons such as writer Gourahari Das among others. The evening will feature classical music and dance performances with the last night featuring the ‘classical over-night’ where there is a series of music programs starting in late evening and ending at dawn of the next day morning. The children are expected to get a once in a life time opportunity to experience the highest quality of artistic performances and ambiance which often proves to be transformational. SC and ST Development Minister Lal Bihari Himirika and Koraput MP Jhina Hikaka will inaugurate the event today.

SPIC MACAY is supported in efforts by many agencies such as the Odisha government, Department of School and Mass Education, SC and ST Development department, Nalco, Central University, Koraput, Vedant Foundation, Air India, Norway Government and the Norwegian Embassy in India among others.

 

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