Report on the Cultural program
Submitted by Neil Dubey
The cultural program was held in the evening
on Saturday July 8, 2006. The program was split into two halves, with the first
half called as "Vishishtha Session," which began with Saraswati
Vandana written by Mahakavi Nirala. The Vandana was led by Anita Dubey, Shekhar
Shastri, and Sharad Tewary. Ranjana Pathak's opening dance called "Mangalam"
truly set the tone for the evening with its genuine spirituality. This was
followed by a Bharatnatyam dance to a bhajan called "Krishna Nivedanam"
performed by Gayathri Suswaram, a senior disciple of Mrs. Geetha Prasad.
Thereafter, Mrs. Asha Janardan's charmed the audience with her bhajans in her
beautiful voice. Mrs. Janardan is a prominent guru of Karnatic music and teaches
many students in the
For the send half of the cultural program, the
Vedamini Shastri from
The evening ended with an after-dinner
entertainment by Umesh Jois' songs to Karaoke music. Umesh was the star
performer for this segment. This part was full of fun as it was participatory in
style. The minute Umesh started singing, audience could not sit stand still.
They joined him on stage by dancing to those songs. Ranjana Pathaks witt kept
the audience enthralled. Almost everyone sitting in the audience was screaming
with joy to those oldies. Interludes were poetry by Tripti Pandey and jokes by
Rakesh Bhargava. Rakesh's unique style of presenting kept the audience laughing.
On popular demand Kavi Abhinav Shukla recited his poetry again on the second
day. This time, he stayed with Hasya Kavita since the mood was a joyous one.
Kavi Surendra Tiwari, who could not be there at the Kavi Sammelan the previous
day, recited some of his poetry too. Without any doubt, everyone had a wonderful
time as you would guess the time it ended -
!!! The cultural program were organized and coordinated by Anita Dubey.
The morning session began with Shlokas from
Bhagwad Gita by Arpita Gorur . This was followed by a bhajan from Malika
Jois and an invocation to Lord Ganesha by Meghana Simha.