There are wars, intrigues and fights in every family. Nothing has changed over the last 5,000 years. And yes, dysfunctional family is not a modern coinage. It has existed from time immemorial.
On March 8, day 2 of the Ananda series, the audience witnessed a powerful play, ‘Kurukshetra-When Things Fall Apart’ that was directed by Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan. The evening at Music Academy began with the playing of AIM for Seva’s national anthem, Bharata Desa Hitaya that was composed by our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
The audience were then taken on a virtual Chatralayam tour via the LED screen that was placed on the stage. Chatralayam or free student hostel is the flagship programme of AIM for Seva and we have 97 such Chatralayams or free student hostels across 16 states in India. The proceeds from Day 2 of the Ananda fundraiser series will go towards building a new Chatralayam in Mothakkal village, Tiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu.
After the video playing, the Chairperson and Managing Trustee of AIM for Seva addressed the august gathering that included 25 of our Swamini and Sadhu coordinators from across India. Other guests on the dais included, Sri. Sandeep Raheja of Raheja Realty Today, Chief Guest for the evening and Sri. Ravee Malhotra, trustee, AIM for Seva. Smt Sheela Balaji then honoured the Chief Guest, Sri. Sandeep Raheja with a shawl.
In his address, Sri. Raheja recalled his association with the founder of our movement, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati. After his speech, the coordinator of our Madhya Pradesh Chatralayams Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati ji narrated that the setting up of student hostels in the region had made a huge difference in the lives of many students. Many of them went on to pursue a graduate degree at the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi with 16 of them bagging campus placement last year. Some students also started making regular contributions to their ‘AIM for Seva Home’ from their salary.
After Swamiji’s speech, it was time for the play. ‘Kurukshetra—When Things Fall Apart’ was based on three characters from the Mahabharata—Drona, his wife Kripi and son Ashwatthama. There was pin drop silence in the auditorium with the actors taking centre stage. The hallmark of this play was its powerful dialogues and wonderful acting.
At the end of the play, our Chairperson and Managing Trustee, Smt. Sheela Balaji and Sri. Ravee Malhotra, trustee felicitated Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan, the director of the play and the other main artists.
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