Imbibing rich traditions
In order to introduce young minds to the rich heritage and culture through art forms, a lively performance by Chhou dancers from Purulia’s Jaladhar Chhou Nritya Academy, at South Point High School grounds in Kolkata on Friday. The performance enthralled the students who enjoyed it thoroughly. The 16-member troupe staged ‘Mahishasuramardini’, which had all the elements to keep one glued to the spectacle. Colorful costumes and masks, beats of dhamsa and dhol and the performers’ physical prowess were witnessed. The Chhou presentation was an initiative by the South Point SPICMACAY Club. The aim of SPICMACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth), which is a voluntary movement founded in 1977 by Dr Kiran Seth, a professor at IIT Delhi, is to enrich the quality of formal education by increasing awareness about different aspects of Indian heritage and inspiring the young minds to imbibe traditional values. The excitement of South Pointers testified to the success of the initiative.