The much awaited and talked about Calcutta School Fests 2016 is the 11th Annual SPICMACAY of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy-‘MILAAP’. The Kolkata Chapter fest, held on June 17th and 18th saw around 20 city schools meet at the event. A few of the prominent schools which participated included the following:
- Apeejay Schools
- BDM International
- Mahadevi Birla World Academy
- Ashok Hall
- GD Birla Centre for Education
- Sri Sri Academy
- St Thomas’s Day School
- Mahadevi Birla Sishu Vihar
- Gokhale Memorial
- Future Campus.
The event was inaugurated by lamp lighting ceremony followed by a welcome speech by the principal of the host school, Meena Kak. A short presentation on SPICMACAY and a Bharatnatyam recital were the other major highlights of the inauguration day. To add weight to the event, chief guests Goutam De, director of ICCR, and Odissi dancer Dona Ganguly emphasized upon the importance of inculcating culture among the youth. De said: how sad it is that children nowadays have no interest in art and culture. He requested parents to instill the creative sense amongst their children.
After this, there were two competitive events-one vocal and one dance competition. A few other on-stage events included story-telling, puppetry, heritage quiz, concert and a folk dance representing the various traditional dances of India. Off-stage events included cardboard craft, pot decoration, wealth from waste, quilling crochet, jute craft, mask making, tattoo designing, glass pain ting, flower ma king, paper folding, alpana drawing and yoga among others.
The second day saw musical and dance performances, along with a regional costume presentation and street theatre in the on-stage performance category while the off-stage events saw salad making, file-cover making, petal and fern arrangement, hair styling, mehendi, sketching and rangoli. The school Physical education instructor however did say that western cultures should be imbibed but not at the cost of our own culture. The 2 day event was a grand success.