Club performances instill patriotic fervour
Students perform as part of the Independence Day celebrations at Bennett University. Photo by Shreya Baskarmoorty
By Shreya Baskaramoorthy
The colonisers might have sought dominance over numerous aspects, but they couldn’t conquer the culture and vibrancy of India. Rejoicing the 77th year of independence, the Advaita (music club) and Rivaaz (classical dance club) clubs at Bennett University portrayed unity, diversity, and patriotism through their performances.
The Advaita club orchestrated a medley of six songs consisting of Vande Mataram, Vinara Vinara (Telugu), Ekla Cholo Re (Bengali), He Rashtra Devtanche (Marathi), and Jai ho. They presented a theme of unity and showcased the linguistic diversity in India. The members of the club included patriotic songs from several languages by weaving them together into a harmonious blend of tracks.
The Rivaaz club gave tribute to the revolutionary freedom fighters Jhansi ki Rani and Bhagat Singh. They performed on Arambh Hai Prachand and Vaar as a tribute to both the freedom fighters respectively. They incorporated various classical dance forms of our country like Bharatanatyam on Ae Watan, Bhangara on Teri Mitti, Kathak on Jaga Hindustan, and a semiclassical number on Kandho Se Kandhe. “We wanted to put forth a powerful performance and that is why we took prominent and inspirational leaders from the past. We rehearsed day and night even when our team members were falling sick, to be able to give our best today.” Said Nimisha Gupta, a representative of the Rivaaz club.
The Rivaaz and Advaita clubs honoured the fallen martyrs and the nation through their acts. The echoes of patriotism reverberated through the walls of Bennett University and evoked a sense of oneness among the students by the end of the event. With evolving times, one thing remained constant, the timeless culture of our nation and respect for our martyrs.
(The writer is a Semester 3 BAJMC student)