AT AIM for Seva, we have always believed in value-based education. As our mission is educating rural India, AIM for Seva believes in education that is amalgamated with culture. A child’s potential can be fully unlocked only when he or she understands the richness of our tradition.
Two of our students currently studying at the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi have applied for a prestigious music scholarship. M Sowmiya who is currently pursuing M.Com at the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi and who studied at the Semmangudi Higher Secondary School, Sembangudi is a regular prize winning participant in many competitions.
Her father, Sri. S Mani from Kodavasal is a Nadaswara Vidwan. Some of Sowmiya’s memorable performances include competitions in St. Joseph College, Trichy and Annai College, Kumbakonam. She is currently undergoing the IECD (Institute for Entrepreneurship and Career Development) conducted by the college in vocal music.
IECD has been established by the Bharathidasan University with a view to fill the serious gaps in our education system, viz lack of opportunities for promoting entrepreneurship among students. The Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science is affiliated to the Bharathidasan University.
Similarly, K. Baby Saroja who is a third year BSc. Mathematics student at the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science is a multi-faceted student who has participated in many dance and painting competitions held by various educational institutions. She did a sketch of our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati by using utterances of Swamiji and also presented the Shrungara Rasa dance on our Founder’s day.
Her sketch of Swamiji presented on Sanskrit Day is displayed at the AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Sembangudi. She is also the winner of the Swami Vivekananda Award by Yuvakendra, Tirunelveli for her performance in Class 12 examination.
Like Sowmiya, Saroja is also undergoing the IECD programme conducted by us in vocal music. In addition, is also a student of Annamalai University on violin.
Incidentally, Tiruvarur is the birth place of Carnatic musical trinity—Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastry. At Manjakkudi, we have tried to keep that musical traditional alive and vibrant in our own small way by imparting music classes to our students.
Friday is a special day at the Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School , Manjakkudi. Noted Carnatic vocalist and Academy Award nominated music composer Bombay Jayashri Ramanath and her students are quite popular amongst the students of the school.
For the last four years, every Friday, Smt. Ramnath and her students have been teaching music to the students of the Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School in Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu.
In all, musical training has made a huge difference to the lives of rural children. Many of them have been able to develop a keen musical sense. Some of them have been able to overcome stage fear by giving performances on the dais. Our pupils have also been able to gain critical life skills such as confidence and performance in public.
We wish Sowmiya and K Baby Saroja all the very best.