Grace – A Value Embedded In Indian Classical Dance
It was in Class 4 when my parents initiated me into Bharatanatyam. Vinod ‘Sir’ began by teaching me how to stand with my hands placed on the hips on either side. As the training progressed, trying to get the shoulder, elbow, hand, palm, fingers in the right position along with the right aramandi and the right position of the legs, knees, shin, feet, toes, back, buttocks, neck, eyes, forehead – all together was a challenge! But, one fine day when I did get it; it translated into a joy that spelt fulfillment as well as an emptiness that came from not wanting anything more.
Making of a volunteer.. Journey with the movement..
When i started in '99 i only knew that this movement aims to promote culture for youth.But slowly when u get in to organise more chapter meetings,artists circuits,conventions its an ocean of values to inculcate.The art of "giving" takes your leadership quality way ahead to become a better humanbeing.
Volunteerism fuel movements – SPIC MACAY, my experiences
My last twenty-seven years of journey with SPIC MACAY has been a journey of exploring self. It has been a very soulful one. Though initiated into Music and Dance from early childhood at home by parents, SPIC MACAY did nurtured and stroked my creative pursuits. As I entered into my forties, I can say that the richness of my life is only because of the movements like SPIC MACAY, especially SPIC MACAY being a complete voluntary movement – of the Rasiks, by the Rasiks for the Rasiks.
It was the year 2007. One of the seniors at my hostel, a warm and pleasing Mr Pritesh Patni, who apparently was a SPICMACAY volunteer, invited me to a SPICMACAY concert. I had practically no exposure to classical music back then and so was a bit apprehensive to go. He convinced me or rather coaxed me into it. And I’m glad he did.
Many a times, you work; work and only work and then you are left with no time to ask questions to yourself. As I stop and think about my journey in SPIC MACAY so far, a lot of thoughts, experiences and questions gather in my mind
I got my first opportunity to get to know about SPIC MACAY when I was a first year under graduate student in Delhi University. As I was curious to know what exactly it meant. Scarcely did I realise then that SPIC MACAY would inspire me so much,influence and nourish my life in a totally different angle. Then onwards it was a pleasure for me to be a regular participant of Satuday meeting at Lady Irwin College,Delhi.
While posted at the Indian Navy Headquarters in Delhi, I was residing at Princess Park Officer’s Mess on Copernicus Marg. Every weekend during my morning and evening jogs, I used to visit the nearby auditoriums and fine art centers like Kamani, LTG, Sangeet Natak Akademi, NSD, Sri Ram Centre, Triveni etc and note down the details of the forthcoming cultural events displayed on the respective notice boards.
MY FIRST experience with SPIC MACAY was on February 7, 1988 when as a student of class XI I heard the vocal recital by Pt. C.R. Vyas that was organized at my school, The Daly College, Indore. It was part of the FEST’88 series. When a notice was displayed on the school’s main notice board, several questions had came to mind — what is the program all about, how will the students appreciate the recital, how do the students benefit, what does SPIC MACAY stand for, and how can one join SPIC MACAY?
My tryst with this noble movement was quite accidental. It started with a peep into the auditorium of Azad Hind College, Mumbai in 1995 -96 where Smt. Kishori Amonkar was at the peak of her performance. I had gone there not to listen to any classical music, but to volunteer at the shoe counter outside. For many of us, to volunteer for SPIC MACAY programs in neighboring institutions, was a good excuse to skip classes ‘officially’. Till that day, classical music just did not make any sense to me. But that curious 'peep' into the auditorium captivated me forever.