With much zest Divya Kala Kendra hosted their first ever convocation for its 100 students ranging from the age group of 7-76 years on Sunday. The vision to start this event 3 years ago was seen by Sr Amita and Sr. Sushma to express talent of not only the young, but also the old, who wished to bring out their musical talents through the medium of art.
The event began with a liturgical bhajan performed by one of the oldest students at DKK, Kokila who played the tabla and was joined Francis on the keyboard by and Ms. Zenia on the manjira. Sr Amita added her soulful vocals to the soothing piece. This was followed by a graceful dance performance by dance students, offering floral tribute of flowers to our Creator through their dance Pushpanjali.
However, the evening really belonged to the students of music and dance who either individually or in a group, performed music pieces on piano, ranging from songs like Ode to Joy, My Bonnie, Home on the Range, to the romantic Romance De Amore, to the classic La Cucaracha. A few students also performed songs played for the Trinity College London examinations like Ash Grove, El Condor Pasa. Other beautiful melodies performed were Oh Suzanna, ending with the divine How Great Thou Art. We cannot forget to mention the spellbinding performance by Brandan Annes who sang the Indian raga Rag Bhupali, while he also played the harmonium. The performance was nothing short of a budding classical singer. The lively musicians mesmerized the audience that consisted of parents, friends and relatives, and even grandmothers and grandfathers.
The Chief Guest Fr Gregory Arockia, SVD from Andheri Atma Darshan and Guest of honour, Sr Blanche Rodrigues from the Daughters of the Cross and Principal of St Joseph’s Secondary High School, Bandra, were left speechless with this showcase of talent. Sr Rosemary Muttsheril Provincial Superior of the PDDM Sisters, Bangalore who flew down specially for the event stated: “Our founder Bl. James Alberione, had two missions, one was communication and the other fine arts, I am happy to see this become a reality. Whenever you sing a song or play an instrument or move your hands and make gestures, you are in connectivity with God. So believe in that” She ended, quoting Psalm 71, “When I sing to you, my lips shall rejoice.”
Soon after the students were presented certificates of merit by the special invitees. Sharing his thoughts on the occasion, and while congratulating the grads, Fr Gregory wished everyone involved the very best and that this journey of Sr Amita, Sr. Sushma and Sr Jennifer, a labor of love, would grow manifold. He added, “In Bandra, here in Bandstand, you are sitting next to superstars, so music and dance is around you as you are surrounded by Bollywood’s vibrating energy. But more than that I wish that this institute may grow and be one of the best in Mumbai and beyond.”
Addressing the audience, Sr Blanche said that from the young to the old, unity has been a great example for us in this performance. She thanked Sr Amita profusely for bringing out the best in the students and wished the institute every success.