The sky Gods continued to be merciful on the last day of our fund raiser. On August 17, AIM for Seva presented Jagat Pavani Ganga. This was performed by Revathi Ramachandran’s Kalasadhanalaya.
The evening began with students of the Swami Dayananda Rotary Matriculation School, Kadalur singing Bharata Desha Hitaya, composed by our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati. After the beautiful rendition, a short video of our Kadalur school was presented to our audience. The proceeds from this annual fund raiser will go towards building a new classroom block at the Swami Dayananda Rotary Matriculation School, Kadalur.
After the video clip, Swamini Vishwapriyananda Saraswathi ji who heads two of our AIM for Seva Free Student Hostels and a primary school in Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu came on stage and was felicitated by the Chairperson and Managing Trustee of AIM for Seva, Smt Sheela Balaji. After Swamini’s felicitation and speech, two students from the AIM for Seva Free Hostel in Sriperumbudur came on stage and shared their hostel living experience.
It was then time to witness the mighty and sacred flow on stage. The dance-drama-theatre presentation extolled the purity and sanctity of the Ganga with an underlying message to protect the hallowed river. The production interwove Bharatanatyam, classical Carnatic music, Garhwali folk music and mime and theatre, to depict the incomparable splendour of the Himalayan Ganga. The narrative was embedded in the tapestry of stories of the river and towards the end, the dance drama showcased contemporary issues concerning India’s most venerated river– pollution and preservation of the holy waters.
The audience lapped every moment of the dance-drama and theatre presentation. At the end of the show, the chief guest of the evening, acclaimed dancer and choreographer, Dr Anita Ratnam, Smt. Revathi Ramachandran of Kalasadhanalaya who conceptualised Jagat Pavani Ganga and renowned violinist, Lalgudi GJR Krishnan were honoured by R Kannan, Treasurer of AIM for Seva and Director of the Shriram Group. Sri Kannan spoke about the evening’s performance and his association with AIM for Seva and our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Smt. Judy Nagarajan, Educational Director, AIM for Seva and Swami Dayananda Educational Trust.