Arunodaya: Conserving Cultural Heritage
Every year, SOCH celebrates their annual event- ‘Arunodaya’, wherein they provide a platform to upcoming artists. Just as the revered rising sun holds the promise of a bright day, Arunodaya gives inspiration to hold the promise of a bright future. A promise that our cultural heritage would be lovingly conserved by upcoming generations.
Some of the best young talents of our country graced the stage and encouraged the youth to take up this endeavor. The first of this series was organized in 2018 which was inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and since then SOCH has been organizing this event every year continuously under all circumstances.
Even in the Corona times, SOCH continued to organize this event on their online platform for two consecutive years. They were back on stage with the fifth edition of this series which was staged on 18th December 2022 at Swami Vivekanand Auditorium, Kathak Kendra, New Delhi.
A total of 30 participants, 10 stage performances and 3 types of Indian classical dance forms were showcased at the event.
The conceptualization and presentation of this program was done under the supervision and guidance of Rahul Varshney, who himself is an enigmatic Odissi dancer and also the artistic director and founding member of SOCH.
The effort to weave the program into a narrative by the presenter (Devyani Paramanad) was commendable and creative. It helped the audience in understanding the Odissi repertoire easily.
Not only this, the style of the legendary Odissi dance guru the late Guru Deba Prasad Das and the compositions of some of his senior most disciples the late Guru Srinath Raut and Guru Durga Charan Ranbir, who carried on his legacy after him, were also taken up extensively in the repertoire.
This year’s dance festival saw scintillating performances by the honored guest artists and students of SOCH. The program began with a beautifully choreographed Krishna Mangalacharan, a praise to Lord Krishna. This was followed by the presentation of Tandav Manglacharan and Sthayee Nritya by the budding SOCH dancers.
The first featured guest artist was the esteemed guest artist, Bharatnatyam dancer Pritam Das who performed Keertanam preceded by Kalidasas Manikya Veena Shlokam. The programme progressed with the Abinaya “To Lagi Gopo Danda” a song of Lord Krishna in a playful mood depicting the poet Banamali’s love for Krishna. Afterwards, the stage was lit up by the promising SOCH dancers Mridula Naik and Shreshtha Panda who performed Saberi Pallavi. Both the dancers danced beautifully with flawless sync and won appreciation from the audience.
The event proceeded with an enthralling performance of second guest artist SK Washim who performed Kuchipudi. Washim Raja set the stage on fire with his performance “Mahadeva Shibashambho” followed by “Thilana” choreographed by Guru Vanashree Rao. Arunodaya ended with the energetic Moksha performance by senior group of SOCH dancers.
The aim of the event was to provide an enriching experience in the vast treasure trove of Indian classical art forms and to appreciate the potential of our extremely talented young artistes who will take these traditions and culture forward.
The event was sponsored by Indian oil and supported by Kathak Kendra, New Delhi. The program was graced by the auspicious presence of the Chief Guests: IPS. Saroj Kant Mallick, zonal DIG , CISF , Mridula Ghai, Director of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Academy of Social Security, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Govt. Of India, Dr. BK Ray, former Director , Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship , Govt. of India , first and former Registrar of IIT, Bhubaneswar, Dr. Rahul Kumar, Deputy Director, CCRT, Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India.