March 4 (Rishikesh): The second day of the Rishikesh Art and Film Festival was as extraordinary and colourful as the first one. Apart from music, dance and culture, art was an important part of the second day’s spectacle.
RAFF team had organised an art competition among students of more than 18 schools with a scholarship of 10 lakhs for the first podium. The event was organised at Triveni Ghat with the help of Ganga Sabha.
There was an art exhibition on display, put together by the Indian Public School. A total of 40 paintings, of oil and sand, were put on public view from students of different class of the school.
Deja Cross, the organiser of RAFF, gave an insight about the second day’s event and the art competition. “For the last month or so, we’ve been going around different schools in Rishikesh providing coloured sheets and art supplies to the students.” She said.
The goal of the event was to enhance art projects in Rishikesh area and in students specifically. “When I became in artist, it sort of changed my life and I want the same for the children.” She added.
The proceedings started with a sunset Aarti, in line with the ‘Indian sacred life’ theme of the whole festival. Amid the bhajan and religious songs, a group of 16 boys orchestrated and well co-ordinated did the aarti with huge diyas and other pooja accessories.
The host for the evening, Dr Sunil Thapliyal, then greeted and welcomed all the personalities and the audience toward the main area. Among the guests for the evening were Ajay Mathur, Shankar Tilak Ji Maharaj, Laxmi Narayan, Deep Sharma, I D Joshi, Manoj Dwivedi, Amit Gandhi, Dhirendra Joshi, Vinay Uniyal.
The chief guests were then honoured with garlands and laurels. Indra Udayana, the one behind the India-Indonesia Sanngam, was given ‘Bharat Milap’ honour. Aye Laxmi was given the Saraswati award and Anjasmara was honoured with a Natraj award. The Nagar Palika of Rishikesh also honoured the Indonesian team with an award. Indra Udayana invited Indian Yoga team to Indonesia for yoga and cultural exchange in April this year.
Following the honours and awards, the second day event started with an inaugural Shlok from a choir group from Indian Public School Dehradun.
The second act was a musical performance by Ankur Kumar and Yogesh Kumar. The two Kumars presented a euphonic rendition of an old hindi song ’Aan Milo Sajna’. Ankur played the tabla, while Yogesh was on the Harmonica.
The third act was a fusion of music, dance, poetry and yoga by the Indonesian group. They were led by Ayu Laxmi who, once again, interacted and included the whole audience in the lot. It was followed by a short film documenting the tourism and cultures of Indonesia.
The fourth act was a classical style dance performance by Orrisi Natyashala. Led by Anita babu, the girls depicted the story of women’s oppression and her struggles in the world.
The winner of the art competition was then announced. Kumari Shalini from SBM school won the first position for her painting about Lord Shiva and the Ganges.
The fifth act was a Garhwali folk dance. A folk dance team of 10 boys and girls from Tehri performed with traditional clothing and attires. The act was applauded a lot.
The concluding act of the evening was done by Rishikesh Yoga Club who did a modern Yoga performance.
The evening was a mix-bag of dance, cultures and art filled with colours and music all over. The third event of the festival is on March 5 at Triveni Ghat.