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SAMBHAV 2017 - An International Event of Seminars, Art & Craft Exhibition, Art & Craft Workshop, Yoga Workshop and Performing Arts such as Dance, Music, Mime, Play etc. by Divyangjan, persons with Disabilities On 10, 11 & 12 November 2017 at Azad Bhavan, ICCR, IP Estate, New Delhi, India at 10:00 A.M.
ABOUT US

The society, ‘Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action’ is registered with the Registrar of Societies, Govt. of NCT of Delhi under the Societies Registration Act 1860 vide No. S-48001 of 2003-04. It is also registered as a Voluntary Organization with the Planning Commission of India. It has Income Tax Exemption Certificate under 80G IT Act and foreign contribution certificate under FCR Act.

The mission of the society is promotion of performing arts and facilitating holistic human development. The society essays the cause of spreading awareness among today’s youth about rich cultural heritage of India. Through various art forms like music and dance and other courses painting, tabla playing etc., the society endeavours to evolve complete individuals proud of their heritage. The emphasis is on our inclusive and composite heritage.

To meet these objectives the society aims to:

Provide a forum for issues a related to learning of performing arts and Normative action.
 
  Act as an institution for providing training in various aspects of performing arts and normative action.
  Function as an organization, which will undertake programmes and coordinate studies on performing arts & holistic human development issues.
  Organise seminars, workshops, conferences and performance of different art forms.
  Take up programmes for promotion and preservation of cultural heritage of India.
  Develop socio-cultural, intellectual, moral, ethical, educational, artistic and spiritual abilities of youth.
   

The society has also pledged to work on many socially relevant issues through research and analysis, documentation, dissemination, building human and intellectual capital and assisting policy formulation and advice.

It functions as a not-for-profit voluntary agency, which undertakes projects for improving and securing the quality of life of people and creates awareness for sustainability.

   
Activities of the Society  

         The society has been organizing major events during the last several years and students of Gurus associated with the society have performed at national events in different States of the country.

The Gurus associated with the Society run regular classes on dance (Odissi, Western, Folk), music (singing), casio playing, tabla, harmonium, clay-modelling, sculpture, candle-making etc. for residents of East Delhi living in Jagriti Niketan, Vivek Vihar, Anand Vihar, Yojana Vihar, Shrestha Vihar etc. and also for adjoining areas of Ghaziabad such as Chander Nagar, Surya Nagar, Ramprastha, Kaushambi and Brij Vihar.  The Society is also involved in teaching of Odissi dance to special gifted (mentally and physically challenged) persons.

During 2003-05, the society organized six events.  The first one was on April 25, 2004 in the Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi where Guru Alpana Nayak presented - an Odissi recital. Shri K. Jayakumar, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of
India was the Chief Guest.

The second one was on May 7, 2004 in the L.T.G. Auditorium, New Delhi, where the students of the Gurus associated with our Society presented a cultural evening titled, "INDRADHANUSH 2004".  The highlight of the evening was the dance item performed by specially gifted students (mentally challenged).  Many dignitaries including Mr. N.P. Tripathy, IRS, DG Income Tax, New Delhi, Dr Satbir Silas Bedi, IAS, Government of NCT of Delhi and Guru Hare Krishna Behera as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour respectively attended the event.

Our special students performed at the International Youth Day celebrated at the India International Centre, New Delhi, on 11 August 2004 and got standing ovation from the audience. 

The students of our Gurus also performed on the occasion of Janmastami at Ghaziabad and got great appreciation.

The fifth event of ALPANA was on November 16, 2004 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, where Guru Alpana Nayak presented an evening of Odissi dance. Mr Wajahat Habibullah, IAS, Secretary Textiles, Government of India was the Chief Guest and Miss S. Aparna, IAS, Ministry of Urban Development, Govt of India was the Guest of Honour.

The sixth event was at Dehradun in Uttaranchal state where the students of Guru Alpana Nayak performed in the “Virasat Festival” jointly organized by REACH, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Textiles, ONGC etc.

To our credit, Miss Ayushi and Miss Akriti Tyagi two talented disciples of Guru  Smt. Alpana Nayak participated in the All-Delhi Classical Dance Competition organized by MTNL at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in November 2004. Miss Ayushi bagged the first prize.

During 2005-06, the society organized six events.  The first one was in May, 2005 in the SAI International Auditorium, Lodi Estate, New Delhi where the students of the gurus associated with the training institutions of the society presented a cultural evening titled, "INDRADHANUSH 2005".  In this programme special gifted students also performed alongside normal children to thunderous applause of the audience. The programme was inaugurated by Ms Sushma Chaudhary, IAS, Special Advisor (of the rank of Secretary to Government of India), Planning Commission of India and presided over by Padmashri Madhavi Mudgal, Principal, Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi.

Our students performed at three national level performing arts events organized in the national capital and got standing ovation from the audience.  These events were widely covered by print and electronic media. 

The fifth event of ALPANA was in November 2005 at the Poorva Sanskritik Kendra, Delhi, where Guru Alpana Nayak presented an evening of Odissi dance. Smt Jayanti Pattanayak, former Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, was the Chief Guest and Mrs Anuradha Makwana Mall, IAS, Ministry of HRD, Government of India was the Guest of Honour.

The sixth event was at India International Centre, New Delhi on 30 December 2005 where Guru Alpana Nayak presented an evening of Odissi. Prominent persons among the audience were Judges, MPs, journalists, bureaucrats, and art lovers. The Lt Governor, Delhi Shri B.L. Joshi was the Chief Guest and appreciated the dance of Alpana.

To our credit, all the students of Gurus associated with our organization won laurels in the All-India professional Classical Dance and Music examinations conducted by the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Maharashtra.

Our students participated in the All-Delhi Classical Dance Competition organized by MTNL in November 2005 and won top prizes.

During 2006-07, the organization organized many events. Guru Alpana Nayak and her students performed in presence of the Hon’ble President of India in the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 18 April 2006. On May 14 the society organized "INDRADHANUSH 2006" where about 78 students of different gurus associated with the society presented an evening of dance and music. Shri A.K. Rath, IAS, Addl Secretary & Financial Adviser Ministries of Steel, Biotechnology and Ocean Development, Government of India was the Chief Guest. Shri G. S. Patnaik, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Lt. Governor of Delhi was the President of the function and Prof. (Dr.) Rajalaxmi Rath, Senior Fellow at the Nehru Museum & Library was the Guest of Honour. The Odissi Dance Troupe of the society performed to thunderous applause of the audience at the VIRASAT Festival 2006, Dehradun in October 2006.

On November 12, 2006 the society organized SAMBHAV 2006, an event of classical dance and music exclusively put up by the mentally challenged artists trained by Guru Alpana. Shri BL Joshi, HE the Lt Governor of Delhi was the Chief Guest. Shri SK Roongta, CMD, SAIL presided over the event while Shri V Ramamurthy, CEO, HCL Infosystems was the Guest of Honour.

In December 2006 Guru Alpana Nayak presented Odissi at India Habitat Centre as part of HCL Series. Shri P.P. Srivastava, Hon’ble Member (MoS Rank), NEC was the Chief Guest.Our students also participated in the All-Delhi Classical Dance Competition organized by MTNL in November 2006 and won top prizes.

During 2007-08, Guru Alpana Nayak presented Odissi evenings at Port Blair, Mahabalipuram, Nungambakkam, Chamba, New Delhi, Ladakh etc. She also performed at the 3rd International Odissi Dance Festival 2007. The society presented INDRADHANUSH 2007 at PSK, Delhi. Shri Rajesh Verma, IAS, Financial Advisor & JS Govt. of India was the Chief Guest while Shri I. C. P. Keshri, IAS, Ministry of Commerce, GoI presided. Ms. Suchitra Dorai, IFS, Ministry of External Affairs and Mr Suyash Praksh, IAS, Secretary to Govt of NCT Delhi were the Guests of Honour. In October-November 2007 our students won First and Second prizes in the All Delhi Classical Dance Open Competition organized by MTNL Perfect Health Mela.

In November 2007, on the eve of Children’s Day, A.L.P.A.N.A. organized another important event called SAMBHAV 2007 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The event consisted of two parts. A seminar on 'Specially Gifted Persons and the Performing Arts' was held in the morning, and the afternoon was devoted to performances. The performances were by special children from ALPANA, Educatum Foundation, Jeevan Jyoti Home of the Missionaries of Charity (all from Delhi), and Nityananda troupe from Orissa. In the morning session Shri P.P. Shrivastav, Hon’ble Member (Union Minister of State rank), North East Council was the Chief Guest and Shri Jagadananda Panda, IAS, Jt. Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs presided over the session. Ms. Leela Venkatraman, Dance Critic and Author, Ms. Shruti, Musician and Educationist, Ms. Sharon Lowen, Odissi Exponent, presented their papers in the first technical session which was chaired by Shri P.L. Verma, Member Secretary, IRCEN, New Delhi. Ms. Tripura Kashyap, Dancer Choreographer and Therapist, and Ms. Kanak Sudhakar, Choreographer and Dance Therapist, presented lecture demonstration in the second technical session which was chaired by Kalaimamani Dr. S. Natarajan, Secretary, Nungambakkam Cultural Society, Chennai. Shri Tejender Khanna, HE the Lt Governor of Delhi was the Chief Guest of the Cultural Event in the afternoon, which was presided by Shri R.S. Pandey, IAS, Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Steel.

In January 2008 one of our senior disciples Ms. Ayushi Nayak performed Odissi dance in Mahabalipuram Dance Festival 2008, Brahmagaan Sabha, Chennai and Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Chennai along with Guru Smt. Alpana Nayak.

To our credit, all the students of Gurus associated with our organization won laurels in the All-India professional Classical Dance and Music examinations conducted by the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Maharashtra in Nov-Dec 2007. 95% of our students passed in 1st Division.

During 2008-09 our Society continued its work. In May 2008, the society presented INDRADHANUSH 2008 at Poorva Sanskritik Kendra, Delhi to a packed auditorium of art aficionados, journalists and art critics. Dr SD Pradhan, former Secretary to Government of India in the Prime Minister’s Office was the President of the event. Padmashree Guru Ranjana Gauhar was the Chief Guest. Shri Shekhar Vaishnavi, Secretary, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Govt of NCT Delhi was the Guest of Honour. In October 2008 our students performed in MTNL Health Mela, New Delhi and won top honours.

Kumari Ayushi, a disciple of Guru Alpana was awarded the prestigious National Cultural Talent Search Scholarship 2008 in Odissi Dance by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

In November 2008, the Society organized SAMBHAV 2008, an international event for and by physically and mentally challenged persons.

The event consisted of two parts. There was an international seminar in the morning, and performances by the specially gifted artists from different organizations in the evening. The seminar consisted of two technical sessions: the first one had "Dance, Movement and Theatre as Therapies" as its theme, and the second one was based on "Challenges and Possibilities: Our Experiences".

Other organizations which participated in the event were Jeevan Jyoti Home of the Missionaries of Charity (Delhi, India), Educatum Foundation (East Delhi, India), Sunera Foundation (Colombo, Sri Lanka), National Federation for the Disabled (Kathmandu, Nepal), “Sahaya” Red Cross Centre (Orissa, India), DrakTsho Vocational Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities (Thimpu, Bhutan), and National Forum of Organizations Working with the Disabled (Dhaka, Bangaldesh).

The people who made presentations at the seminar were Ms. Sunethra Bandarnaike (Sri Lanka), Dr. Ambika Kameshwar (Chennai, India), Mr. S.K. Jha (Gujarat, India), Ms. Shila Thapa (Nepal), Guru Syed Salalludin Pasha (Delhi,India), Mr. Chorten Dorji (Bhutan) and Mr. Shamsul Arefin (Bangladesh).

The Chief Guest for the inaugural ceremony was Ms. Indira Jaising, eminent jurist, lawyer and human rights activist. Dr. Arvind Gupta, IFS, Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair, IDSA, Delhi who presided over the session, and Mr. Bhagaban Shankar, IAS, Director, North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, was the distinguished guest of the session.

Mr. Oscar Fernandes (Minister of Labour, Govt. of India), was the Chief Guest, for the evening programme and Mr. Wajahat Habibullah (Chief Information Commissioner, India), Mrs. Leela Ponappa (Deputy National Security Adviser, India and Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat), Sister Sherin (Missionaries of Charity, Northern Community, India), Mr. C.R. Jayasinghe (the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India), Mr. Durgesh Man Singh (the Ambassador of Nepal to India) and Mr. Liaquat Ali Choudhury (the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India) were the distinguished guests. After the performances all the performers received a standing ovation from the audience. In February 2009, our organization presented a cultural evening at Surajkund Mela.

During 2009-10 many activities were taken up. INDRADHANUSH 2009 was celebrated at PSK, New Delhi in May 2009. At Indradhanush 2009, Shri P. Phunsog, IAS (Retd), Chairman PESB and Hon’ble Nasib Singh, MLA East Delhi were Chief Guest and Distinguished Guest respectively.

Our student Miss Vasudha Kohli, a disciple of Guru Alpana, bagged the prestigious Ministry of HRD (CCRT) National Cultural Talent Scholarship for 2009.

In November 2009, we celebrated SAMBHAV 2009, a two-day-long event at three different venues (India International Centre, FICCI Auditorium and India Habitat Centre) in New Delhi where challenged artists of fourteen groups from ten countries participated: Deaf Biblical Ministry-Nagaland, Himalchuli-Nepal, Mary Chapman School for the Deaf-Myanmar, SWID-Bangladesh, PROF CHANNARONG’S ART FOR ALL GROUP-THAILAND, ALPANA-New Delhi, SAHAYA-Orissa, ATP-Nigeria, UMANG-Rajasthan, Ramana Sunrityalaya- Chennai, Mauritius, Tarayana Foundation-Bhutan, School for Deaf Ratmalana- Sri Lanka and School for the Blind Ramayana -Sri Lanka.

The first half of both the days was dedicated to the international seminar, with participants from the invited countries. Evenings of both days were full of performances by groups from the ten participating countries. The performance on 14th November was held at FICCI Auditorium, whereas the performance on 15th November was held at India Habitat Centre.

The Chief Guest for the inaugural ceremony was Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, the Chief Information Commissioner of India. The Chief Guest for first day evening performances was Mr. Mukul Wasnik, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Smt. Gursharan Kaur wife of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India was the Chief Guest, Smt. Nirupama Rao, Foreign Secretary and Mr. Chewang Phunsog, Chairman, PESB (Public Enterprises Selection Board) were the special guests for second day evening performances.

To our credit, all the students of Gurus associated with our organization won laurels in the All-India professional Classical Dance and Music examinations conducted by the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Maharashtra in Nov-Dec 2007. 100% of our students of Odissi Dance Faculty passed in 1st Division. Our Student Miss Prapti Gupta won First prize in solo dance category and our students won Second Prize in group dance category in MTNL Perfect Health Mela in October 2009. Prapti also won top prize in National DAV Dance Competition at Dehra Dun in October 2009.

The Embassy of Nepal in India (BP Koirala India Nepal Foundation) invited our organization to work towards promotion of India-Nepal people to people contact on promotion of culture and heritage. Our organization organized HIMSAGAR FESTIVAL in collaboration with the Embassy of Nepal at Kamani Auditorium in November 2009 where Guru Smt. Alpana Nayak & Miss Ayushi Nayak performed Odissi Dance along with other artists from India & Nepal.

In December 2009, Guru Smt Alpana Nayak performed Odissi appreciated by an enthralled audience at Nungambakkam Arts Festival, Chennai. In January 2010, our organization received invitation from the Embassy of the Russian Federation to explore the possibility of working in the area of disability and performing arts in collaboration with NGOs based in Russia.

Our student Miss Sonakshi Jain bagged First position in the singing competition organized by Saraswati Sangeet Kala Kendra, Surya Nagar, Ghaziabad. She also bagged Third position in the singing competition organized by Vivekananda School, Anand Vihar, New Delhi.

During 2010-11 we continued our work and many activities were taken up. In July 2010, we celebrated INDRADHANUSH 2010 at Poorva Sanskritik Kendra (PSK), New Delhi where our special children performed classical as well as folk dance and music along with other children. Noted Odissi Danseuse Smt. Geeta Mahalik presided over the function. Shri Rakesh Jain, Financial Advisor, Ministry of Power, Government of India was the Chief Guest and Ms. Roopa Srinivasan, Director, Ministry of culture, Government of India was the Guest of Honour of the event. Our NGO got affiliation/recognition by Indira Gandhi National Open Univeristy (IGNOU).

When natural calamities visited LEH, LADAKH in August 2010 our members, students, parents and well-wishers went from door to door in Delhi and collected relief materials for the victims. Our NGO airlifted huge amounts of relief materials to Leh with kind cooperation of Resident Commissioner of J&K, Deputy Commissioner Leh and Kingfisher Airlines.

On 14 August 2010, we started a new offering, the BHOOMI PRANAM, in which TWO OF OUR ODISSI DANCE disciples, Ayushi Nayak and Amrit Setia became professionals and Guru Alpana blessed them in a spectacular performance by both of them at India International Centre to a packed audience.

SAMBHAV 2010 became a major celebration in 2010 in the national capital following the Commonwealth Games. The growing participation, words of advice extended by people supporting the cause of bringing the Specially Gifted persons to the mainstream of society, encouraged us to make an effort to organize SAMBHAV 2010 as a major Global Event with the participation from sixteen countries located in five continents. We celebrated holistic development and inclusive growth of physically and mentally challenged persons in the society by organizing SAMBHAV 2010 on a wider scale so as to include participants from SIXTEEN COUNTRIES (India, Pakistan, Indonesia, England, Canada, Nepal, Bangladesh, Nigeria, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Myanmar and Russia) SPANNING FIVE CONTINENTS. The event was organized at India International Centre, Main Auditorium, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi-110003 on 13 & 14 November 2010.

SAMBHAV 2010 included: i. International Seminar on Inclusive Performing Arts and Dance as Therapy for challenged persons; ii. International Exhibition of paintings and artifacts made by challenged artists and iii. International Event of Performances by challenged artists. Interaction by resource persons and participants from abroad was organized in a special school situated in the National Capital Region. HE the Governor of UP, Shri B.L. Joshi; Amb Suresh Kumar Goel, DG ICCR; Shri Wajahat Habibullah, CIC; Dr AK Baliyan, CMD Petronet; Dr Subhas pani, Chairman ITPO; Arch Bishop Vincent Concessao; Smt Shiela Dikshit, CM Delhi and Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble HRD Minister were among the Chief Guests at various events of SAMBHAV 2010.

Smt. Alpana Nayak performed Odissi in the Indian Centre for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Horizon Series at Azad Bhavan, New Delhi on 19 November 2010. Alpana Nayak and her troupe presented an evening of Odissi dance at the closing event of India International Trade Fair 2010, New Delhi on 27 November 2010.


Our challenged disciples travelled abroad, for the first time, and presented Odissi Dance at the International Disability Day Celebrations at Dhaka, Bangladesh on 7 December 2010. Guru Alpana Nayak performed Odissi Dance at the prestigious Public Library Auditorium, Dhaka on 8 December 2010. Smt Alpana Nayak performed Odissi at the prestigious Music Festival Season at Nungambakkam Cultural Aacdemy, Chennai on 31 December 2010. Our troupe and Smt Alpana Nayak performed at SPRINGFEST 2011 at IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal on 21January 2011 and at KALIDAS SAMAROH, Nagpur on 4 March 2011. Our challenged artist won top prize in the painting competition organised by National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) on 7 February 2011.


Our disciple, Master Abhisekh Rana got First Prize in painting competition for challenged children organized by NMNH in February 2011. For the first time A.L.P.A.N.A. in collaboration with National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Ministry of Environment & Forests, celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by organizing a four-day event, RANGOTSAV by organizing an art & craft workshop for specially talented children at National Museum Auditorium from 22nd to 25th March 2011. Sixty two challenged artists from different schools of the national capital participated. On 29 March the Ambassador of the USA in New Delhi, HE Timothy Roemer invited President, A.L.P.A.N.A. to the US Embassy and encouraged the work of the NGO in the area of disability and culture.

During 2011-12 we expanded our activities. INDRADHANUSH 2011 was celebrated on 14 May 2011 at New Delhi with participation of about 85 of our students to a packed auditorium at Poorva Sanskritik Kendra. Dr Justice Arijit Pasayat (Former Justice Supreme Court) and Amb Amarendra Khatua were among Chief Guests of the event.

Smt Alpana Nayak performed Odissi at Indian Cultural Centre, Kuala Lumpur, and conducted LECDEM at Temple of Fine Arts, Penang & KL and at YMCA KL during her tour of Malaysia in June 2011. Our delegate, Dr Anupama Singh participated in international conference and workshop on challenged persons organized at Bangkok by Art for All Foundation / UNESCAP in July 2011.

Senior Disciples of Guru Smt Alpana Nayak presented BHOOMI PRANAM – A SALUTE TO MOTHER INDIA at India International Centre, New Delhi on 14 August 2011. Dr. Vivek Kumar Agnihotri, Secretary General of Rajya Sabha was the Chief Guest and Padmashri Guru Sharon Lowen, internationally renowned Odissi Exponent and Scholar was the Distinguished Guest of the evening. Amrit Setia, Arushi Tiku, Ayushi Nayak, Pragati Malik, Vasudha Kohli and Vitasta Tiku were the senior artistes who performed in Bhoomi Pranam.

The sixth edition of SAMBHAV, showcasing the artistic talent of physically and mentally challenged artistes from 18 countries including India, concluded in the weekend of 12 & 13 November 2011 with a resounding success. The two-day festival in November 2011 attracted groups from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Colombia, Germany, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka and Thailand besides groups from New Delhi, Bhopal, Mizoram and Odisha. Hon’ble President Smt Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Human Resources Development Minister Mr Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs Mrs Perneet Kour, Hon’ble Delhi Chief Minister Mrs Sheila Dikshit and German Federal Government’s Commissioner on Disabled Persons Mr. Hubert Hueppe were among the dignitaries who sent their felicitation messages wishing SAMBHAV 2011 a grand success. Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Hon’ble Chairman, National Commission for Minorities inaugurated SAMBHAV-2011 on the 12th of November 2011 at India International Centre. It included a series of seminars on challenged persons, an exhibition of art and craft by challenged artists and performances by as many as ninety-eight challenged performers from twenty-two groups belonging to sixteen countries at two venues, the India International Centre and the India Islamic Cultural Centre.

The challenged performers from different countries impressed the audience with their excellence in the 2-day long International Performances segment of SAMBHAV 2011. Hon’ble Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja was the Chief Guest while renowned danseuse Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh presided over the function on 12 November 2011. Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.K. Patnaik of Supreme Court of India was the Chief Guest while Chief Central Information Commissioner Mr. Satyanand Mishra presided over the function on 13 November 2011.

SAMBHAV 2011 set a landmark in international cooperation for inclusive arts by providing a platform, where eleven Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed between A.L.P.A.N.A. and the representatives of organisations from eleven different countries that have been working for inclusive growth of mentally and physically challenged persons through performing arts. The objective of these MoU is to share experience and work for promotion of inclusive arts. The MoU signing ceremony was presided over by Ambassador Mr R.M. Agrawal. These MoUs were signed with organisations from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Colombia, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

In the International Art Exhibition segment of SAMBHAV 2011, about 120 high quality paintings by challenged artists from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Russia, Sri Lanka and Mongolia were displayed at India International Centre. Mr Aleksandr Pushilko from Russia conducted a painting workshop. Also on display were craft items produced by challenged craft-students of ALPANA Institute.

SAMBHAV 2011 had a segment of International Seminars on the theme, “Challenged Young Persons, Mental Health and Inclusive Growth.” Experts from India and abroad presented their papers and spoke in the Seminar. Among the experts were Dr TR Meena, Joint Secretary to Govt of India, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment; Ms Roopa Srinivasan, Director in the Ministry of Culture, Government of India; Dr Nimesh G. Desai, Director, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, New Delhi; Dr. N. K. Chadha, Professor of Psychology and Head of the Department of Psychology, Delhi University; Dr. G. N. Karna, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Prof. Dr. Sanga Dorji, Psychiatry Department, JDW National Referral Hospital, Thimphu and Executive Director of Disabled Persons’ Association of Bhutan (DPAB); Mr Telge Vijaya Kurukulanatha, Secretary General, ESCO Rehab, Sri Lanka; Ms Dianne Reid, Performer & Choreographer with differently-abled dance company, Weave Movement Theatre, Australia; Mr Jowaherul Islam Mamun, President, Society for the Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled, Bangladesh (SWID, Bangladesh); Ms. Marcela Londoño, Secretary, Asociación Amigos de India-Colombia; Mr. Balraz Boodooa, President, Association pour L'Education et la Rehabilitation des Personnes Avec Deficience Intellectuelle (APERPDI), Mauritius; Dr Pramila Balasundaram, Founder Director, SAMADHAN, New Delhi and President 21st Asian Federation for the Intellectually Disabled Conference (21 AFID); Dr. Nantarika Chansue, Associate Professor, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Bangkok.

On 3 December 2011, ALPANA celebrated World Disability Day in collaboration with the National Museum of India at New Delhi. Hon’ble Central Information Commissioner, Dr Annapurna Diskhit was the Chief Guest at the event. In her inspiring speech she called upon the participants, challenged artists and audience to work towards the fulfilment of noble goals of social inclusion.

Guru Alpana Nayak and ALPANA Troupe participated in the International Odissi Dance Festival 2011 and performed Odissi Dance at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on 25 December 2011 to a packed audience. The Festival set a new record in Guiness Book of World Records.

Guru Alpana Nayak and ALPANA Troupe performed Odissi at the Surajkund Mela 2012. The challenged artists of ALPANA travelled to Sri Lanka performed Odissi and folk items at the International Event at Colombo, Sri Lanka organized by Very Special Arts- ESCO Rehab Sri Lanka from 9 to 14 February 2012. Guru Alpana conducted Lecture cum Demonstration of Odissi Dance at University of Visual and the Performing Arts, Colombo as an activity of the India Cultural Centre, Colombo on 10 February 2012.

A.L.P.A.N.A. in collaboration with National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Ministry of Environment & Forests organized a two-day event, RANGOTSAV 2012 by organizing an art & craft workshop for specially talented artists at National Museum of Natural History, Barakhambha Road, New Delhi on 28 and to 29 March 2012. Sixty eight challenged artists from different schools of the National Capital Region participated. Dr. B. Venugopal, Director, NMNH and Smt. Shashiprabha Tiwari, eminent Journalist & Dance Critic were Distinguished Guests at the valedictory function.

Guru Alpana Nayak and ALPANA Troupe performed Odissi at the internationally famous Elephanta Festival, Gateway of India, Mumbai on 24 March 2012 to rousing welcome by the audience.

During 2012-13 experts from ALPANA Institute participated in the World Autism Awareness Day organized on 2 April 2012 at India International Centre by the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.

Indradhanush 2012 was celebrated on 19 May 2012 at PSK, Delhi where about 100 of our students including our special students participated. Shri Arun Kumar Mishra, IAS, Secretary to the Government of India was the Chief Guest and Senior Prof. Jayasena Kottagoda, Vice Chancellor, University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Prof. Ariyarathne Kaluarachchi, Dean, Faculty of Dance & Drama, UVPA, Colombo, Sri Lanka and Odissi Danseuse Smt. Geeta Mahalik, Kendriya Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee were the Distinguished Guests of the event.

COLLABORATION WITH UVPA SRI LANKA: On 20 May 2012 A.L.P.A.N.A. organised a lecture-cum-demonstration at India International Centre, Delhi on similarities and differences between Indian and Sri Lankan Classical dances conducted by Snr. Prof. Jayasena Kottagoda, Vice Chancellor, UVPA, Colombo, Sri Lanka and Prof. Ariyarathne Kaluarachchi, Dean, Faculty of Dance & Drama, UVPA, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Mr. C. Phunsog, Chairman, PESB was the Chief Guest and Mr. Samantha Pathirana, Minister Counsellor, Sri Lanka High Commission in India was the Distinguished Guest of the event. MoU was signed between A.L.P.A.N.A. and University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka on cultural exchange programmes between the two organisations. Many dignitaries and renowned dancers were amongst the audience.

AWARD & FELICITATION: It was a pride moment for Guru Alpana Nayak when she was conferred with “Usha Rani Samman” award by her Alma Mater Nritya Sangeet Kala Mandir, Balasore, Odisha on 9 June 2012 at a special function organised by that Institution at Balasore.

AFFILIATION AS EXAMINATION CENTRE: A.L.P.A.N.A. Institution achieved a major distinction and was awarded affiliation and recognition by the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Miraj, Maharashtra as a training and examination centre.

INCLUSIVE ARTS IN URBAN SLUMS: In May, 2012 DELHI URBAN SHELTER IMPROVEMENT BOARD (DUSIB) allotted a BASTI VIKAS KENDRA (BVK) at Kalyanpuri, East Delhi. Dr Amrish Singh Gautam, Hon’ble Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly and the local MLA inaugurated the BVK Centre of ALPANA in a function organized on 31 May 2012. ALPANA started by organizing awareness generation activities about the Centre for disabled persons in the locality through door-to-door visit and distribution of leaflets. Vocational training in photography and in making of office stationery materials such as file covers, paper bags, cards, earthen diya etc. to orphaned persons with disability is organized. Exhibition of products made by trainees was done at Art for All Conference, Thailand in August 2012 and at GARBA STALLS in Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodi Estate, New Delhi in October 2012.

WORKSHOP & PERFORMANCE IN THAILAND: Two of our special students and Ms. Alpana Nayak participated in “Art for All > ASEAN,” an UN-ESCAP sponsored International Conference and Workshop on challenged persons organized by the Art for All Foundation, Bangkok in collaboration with Ministry of Culture of Thailand and on 1-5 August 2012.

BHOOMI PRANAM: On 19 August 2012 two of our Odissi Dance disciples, Aarushi Tikoo and Vitasta Tikoo became professionals by presenting “BHOOMI PRANAM”, an evening of Odissi Dance at India International Centre, New Delhi to a packed audience. Padma Bhushan Smt. Swapna Sundari, internationally renowned Kuchipudi Exponent and Scholar and Dr. Venu V., IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India were the distinguished guests of the event.

WORKSHOP & PERFORMANCE IN MONGOLIA: Guru Alpana Nayak and Ms. Priyadarshini Tripathy, Secretary of A.L.P.A.N.A. visited Mongolia on an invitation from ZORIG Foundation, Mongolia from 2-8 September 2012. Ms. Alpana Nayak performed Odissi Dance at India Culture Centre, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and conducted Workshop on Dance Therapy at Art University, Mongolia organised by Arts Council of Mongolia. She & Ms. Tripathy also visited many special schools and interacted with special students.

NRITYA VILASA: On 13 September 2012 Ms. Alpana Nayak performed Odissi dance in NRITYA VILASA, an Odissi Dance Festival organised jointly by A.L.P.A.N.A. and Nritya Dhara at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. It was part sponsored by the Kendriya Sangeet Natak Akademi.

MHRD SCHOLARSHIP: In October 2012, our student Miss Uma Gupta, a disciple of Guru Alpana, bagged the prestigious Ministry of HRD (CCRT) National Cultural Talent Scholarship for 2012.

SAMBHAV 2012: The seventh edition of SAMBHAV, showcasing the artistic talent of physically and mentally challenged artistes from 19 countries including India, concluded in the weekend of 9, 10 & 11 November 2012 with a resounding success. The three-day festival, organised annually by A.L.P.A.N.A. Society, this year attracted groups from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Colombia, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam

besides groups from Indian States of Delhi, Maharashtra and Assam. It included International seminars on artistic empowerment of disabled persons, an exhibition of art and craft by the challenged artists from participating countries, signing of MoUs and performances by twenty three troupes from nineteen countries at India International Centre, New Delhi.

International Art and Craft Exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Alok Mehta, Chief Editor, National Duniya.

SAMBHAV 2012 set a landmark by providing a platform, where 6 Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed between A.L.P.A.N.A Society and the representatives of organisations from six different countries that have been working for inclusive growth of mentally and physically challenged persons through performing arts. The objective of these MoUs was to share the experience in the field for mutual benefit and to provide such platforms in the countries of the signatories to stage similar participative efforts. The MOUs were signed with organisations from Colombia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nigeria and Vietnam. The MoU signing ceremony was chaired by Ambassador R.M. Agrawal and Deaconess Linda Olissa E Middleton, JP, Nigeria/USA.

SAMBHAV-2012 was inaugurated by Hon’ble Smt Gursharan Kaur whereas Ms Stuti N Kacker, Secretary, Dept. of Disability Affairs, Government of India, Shri Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman, ONGC and Shri R.N. Nayak, Chairman, Powergrid Corporation were the distinguished guests. “It is unimaginable to see that these specially gifted Children are so talented and full of life and colors. It is truly overwhelming and heart touching,” these were the words of Smt Gurusharan Kaur, social activist and wife of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on the inaugural event. Cultural programme started with a fabulous performance by the special students of ‘A.L.P.A.N.A.’ who presented DASHAAVTAR in Odissi style. Then specially gifted artists from Colombia, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, India-Assam, Lao PDR, Mauritius and Bhutan performed so fantastically that it was impossible to tell from their synchrony and rhythm in group and solo, on traditional dance, folk and group performances that they were mentally and physically challenged.

On second day Hon'ble Justice Shri Dipak Misra of Supreme Court of India was the Chief Guest and Shri Anil Goswami, Secretary, Min. of Social Justice & Emp, Government of India was the Distinguished Guest. Differently abled artists from A.L.P.A.N.A., Sri Lanka (Supun Dance Academy), Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam performed on that day. After watching their fabulous performances Shri Mishra concluded that persons who are physically or mentally challenged have different and special talents in them. If their potential is rightly identified, tapped and channelled they too are capable of doing and producing results like other people. Justice Shri Misra praised the efforts and hard work of Smt Alpana Nayak, President of A.L.P.A.N.A. and also A.L.P.A.N.A. NGO for making it possible for so many differently abled artists to put up their performances at one platform.

For the closing ceremony Shri Anand Sharma, Hon'ble Commerce & Industries Minister was the Chief Guest where as Shri C.S Verma, Chairman, SAIL and Shri Sanjaa Suren Bayara, HE the Ambassador of Mongolia were the Distinguished Guests. The highlight of the evening cultural programme was SAMBHAV, a dance ballet presented jointly by the special students of A.L.P.A.N.A., Supun Dance Academy of Srilanka and SWID of Bangladesh. It was conceived and choreographed by Smt Alpana Nayak. Other performances of the evening were by the special artists from Mongolia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, India-Nagpur, Sri Lanka- ESCO and Afghanistan. “I am overwhelmed by seeing so much talent of challenged people at one platform and this has been possible only because of A.L.P.A.N.A., the NGO” said Shri Sharma. He congratulated A.L.P.A.N.A for organising such a grand event called SAMBHAV.

For the occasion, President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Human Resource Development Minister Shri Kapil Sibal sent their felicitations to ALPANA Society wishing SAMBHAV 2012 grand success.

RESEARCHER FROM GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA: Ms Teone Reinthal, an Australian woman filmmaker and performance director with disability, Board Member of Arts Access Australia and completing her PhD on the topic of the beneficial relations between performance, art and marginalisation at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia carried out research on the activities on inclusive arts being done by ALPANA. She interacted at ALPANA Institute in the third week of November 2012.

RIGHTS OF WOMEN & CHILDREN: Our special students were invited to perform on 18 November 2012, at the Vatsalya Mela, an event organized by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) at Delhi Haat, New Delhi. ALPANA Institution was among the few who were selected by the NCPCR to this event.

ALL INDIA PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS: Students of ALPANA Institute appeared in the professional examinations Music and Dance conducted by the venerable Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Miraj, Maharashtra in December 2012. 98% of our students passed in First Class.

COLLABORATION WITH UVPA SRI LANKA: To operationalize the MoU of signed on 20 May 2012 between A.L.P.A.N.A. and University of Visual and Performing Arts UVPA), Colombo, Sri Lanka, Snr. Prof. Jayasena Kottagoda, Vice Chancellor, UVPA and Prof. Ariyarathne Kaluarachchi, Dean, Faculty of Dance & Drama, UVPA were invited by A.L.P.A.N.A. to conduct workshop for students of A.L.P.A.N.A. Institute. The workshop culminated at the India International Centre in the first week of January 2013 where media persons and dignitaries were invited. Lt Gen (Rtd) Narayn C Mohanty, PVSM, AVSM was the Chief Guest of the event on 2 January 2013.

NATIONAL AWARD FOR DISABILITY CEREMONY: As a rare honour to ALPANA Institute, our special students’ band was the only performing band at the National Award Distribution Ceremony organized by the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India at Vigyan Bhavan on 6 February 2013. Hon’ble President Shri Pranab Mukherjee was the Chief Guest. He spent a lot of time with our special students’ band who performed to welcome Rashtrapati Ji at Vigyan Bhavan. Ku Selja, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment and Smt Stuti Kacker, Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs felicitated our students.

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY: Our students, Prapti Gupta, Kriti Rustagi, Pihu Srivastava, Devika Seth, Pragati Mallik, Tanvi Datta, Anuprerna Duggar and Ila Kaushik participated in the International Women’s Day event at NOIDA on 8 March 2013.

SAMARTH, A NATIONAL EVENT: In March 2013, ALPANA was selected by the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India as Nodal Agency for assisting the Institute of Physically Handicapped in organization of the national event “SAMARTH” showcasing the abilities of persons with disabilities.

During 2013-14 INDRADHANUSH 2013, 10th Annual Event of A.L.P.A.N.A. was celebrated on 18 May 2013 at Poorva Sanskritik Kendra, Delhi where about 100 of our students including our special students participated. A.L.P.A.N.A. has been organizing Indradhanush since 2004. The event is designed to celebrate and showcase holistic development and inclusive growth of normal and physically and mentally challenged persons in the society. It is planned to be a unique demonstration of the ‘will to succeed together’. Shri G. S. Patnaik, IAS, Secretary to the Vice President of India was the Chief Guest and Kendriya Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Odissi Guru Shri Ramani Ranjan Jena was the Distinguished Guest of the event.

A.L.P.A.N.A. in collaboration with National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Ministry of Environment & Forests organized a three-day event, RANGOTSAV 2013 by organizing an art & craft workshop for specially talented artists at National Museum of Natural History, Barakhambha Road, New Delhi on 24, 25 and 26 July 2013. Sixty challenged artists from different schools of the National Capital Region participated. In the valediction function Mrs Dharitri Panda, ICAS, Senior Financial Advisor, ICMR, Govt. of India was the Chief Guest and Mrs. Shashi Prabha Tiwari, an eminent journalist and dance critic along with Dr. Reena Dey, Scientist-C & H.O. of NMNH graced the occasion as distinguished guests.

Guru Smt Alpana Nayak and her senior disciples presented BHOOMI PRANAM, a Salute to the Mancha (Stage) based on Acharya Nandikeshwar’s Abhinaya Darpana at Main Auditorium, India International Centre (IIC) New Delhi on 25 August 2013. Traditionally an Odissi dance recital starts with Mangalacharana, where the artists dedicate themselves to the Almighty and plead forgiveness from the Mother Earth for stamping their feet on her, beg apology from the audience for any shortcomings and pays obeisance to their Guru. But at Bhoomi Pranam Smt Alpana Nayak and her senior disciples - Ayushi Nayak, Amrit Setia, Vaishali Saini and Ila Kaushik - began with a salute to RANGA or MANCHA……... Then Ayushi Nayak, the most talented student of ALPANA presented an Odia Abhinaya “To Lagi Gopo Danda Mana Re Kalia Suna………….” written by 18th century poet Gopal Krushna Pattanaik. In this song Radha says Krishna that only because of Him it has become difficult for all the Gopis, specially for herself to move on the streets of Gopapura as he troubles everybody with his naughtiness and pranks. The next item was Kirvani Pallavi which was presented by Ayushi, Amrit and Vaishali. Original solo choreography of this Pallavi was done by Late Guru Shri Kelu Charana Mohapatra, but for this event the group choreography was done beautifully by the talented young dancers themselves. Next item of the evening was another Odia Abhinaya: ‘Uthhilu ede begi kahinki re’ written by Kavi Gopal Krushna Pattnaik in the 18th century. The song beautifully depicts the love of Yashoda, Krishna’s foster mother, for her ‘baal gopaal’. She requests him to go to sleep so that she may peacefully finish churning the curd and her other household chores without being troubled by him. This abhinaya set to raag Malavagoda was choreographed and performed by Guru Alpana Nayak. The last item for the evening presented by Smt Alpana Nayak and her disciples - Ayushi Nayak, Amrit Setia, Vaishali Saini and Ila Kaushik - was Moksha in which the dancers prayed for salvation. Moksha means “spiritual liberation”. This dance represented a spiritual culmination for the dancer who soars into the realm of pure aesthetic delight. The dance moves onto a crescendo that is thrilling to both, the eye and the ear. With the cosmic sound of the “Om”, the dance dissolves into nothingness — just like Moksha or the deliverance of the soul in real life. Shri Keshav N. Desiraju, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India was the Chief Guest and Shri Sanjiv Mittal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India was the Distinguished Guest of the evening.

SAMBHAV 2013, the eighth edition of SAMBHAV showcasing the artistic talent of physically and mentally challenged artistes from 14 countries including India concluded in the weekend of 08, 09 & 10 November 2013 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The three-day festival attracted groups from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Malta, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UK, USA, Uzbekistan and Vietnam besides groups from Indian States of Delhi, Karnataka and Kerala.

SAMBHAV 2013, had the unique privilege of receiving the live video inaugural message from Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

SAMBHAV 2013 included the activities of: International Seminar on “Challenges of working with Persons with Disability for inclusive growth with special focus on inclusive arts”, the Forum for International Cooperation where four MoUs were signed, the International Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and artifacts made by challenged artists and the International Event of Performances by challenged artists from different countries.

The welcome ceremony was chaired by Mrs Suchitra Durai, IFS, former Head, Indian Cultural Centre, Cairo and Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The International Art and Craft Exhibition was inaugurated by eminent artist and painter Shri Satyasewak Mukherjee. The MoU signing ceremony was Chaired by Shri Dammu Ravi, IFS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The International Seminar was inaugurated by Prof M C Misra, Director, AIIMS, New Delhi. The closing event of the Seminar was chaired by Ms Sujaya Krishnan, Joint Secretary (Mental Health) Govt of India. The International Seminar was coordinated by Prof KES Unni, HoD Psychiatry, LHMC, Delhi University.

Shri BK Goswami, Chancellor, Sir Padampat Singhania University Udaipur, former Chief Information Commissioner Shri Satyananda Mishra, Special Secretary Health Shri Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, HE High Commissioner of India to Libya Shri Anil Kumar Trigunayat and HE High Commissioner of Malta to India John Aquilina UOM were the distinguished guests of the evening performances on 8 November 2013. On the second day Shri Wajahat Habibullah, Chairman, National Commission on Minorities, Government of India was the Chief Guest and Shri P. K Jha, Addl Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and Shri SM Khan, Director General, DD News were the Distinguished Guests. Shri Anand Sharma, Hon'ble Commerce & Industries Minister of India was the Chief Guest of the closing ceremony. Shri G C Pati, Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India and HE Mr Prasad Kariyawasam, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India were the Distinguished Guests.

ALL INDIA PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS: Students of ALPANA Institute appeared in the professional examinations Music and Dance conducted by the venerable Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Miraj, Maharashtra in December 2013. Majority of our students passed in First Class. Several students got First Class with Distinction.

UTKALINI: Our special students performed Odissi dance in Utkalini Annual Event in December 2013. Hon’ble Governor of Odisha was the Chief Guest of event held at SAI International Auditorium, Lodi Estate, New Delhi.

SAMARTH, A NATIONAL EVENT: In January 2014, ALPANA was selected by the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India as Nodal Agency for assisting the Institute of Physically Handicapped in organization of the national event “SAMARTH” showcasing the abilities of persons with disabilities. SAMARTH was held at Siri Fort Auditorium on 16 and 17 January 2014. The event was inaugurated by Smt Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, UPA in presence of Ku Selja, Hon’ble Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment and Smt Stuti N Kakkar, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Disability Affairs. About 80 groups consisting of 400 participants with disability from all over India took part in SAMARTH. Our students performed in the inaugural event and won top awards.

CHALO MAN GANGA YAMUNA TEER: MAGH MELA 2014: Guru Alpana Nayak and her troupe of ALPANA students performed Odissi dance at Magh Mela 2014 in Allahabad on the invitation of NCZCC. The performance was on 28 January 2014.

20THCLASSICAL DANCE FESTIVAL AT GOA ORGANIZED BY KALA ACADEMY GOA IN COLLABORATION WITH WEST ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE, UDAIPUR: Guru Alpana Nayak and her troupe of ALPANA students performed Odissi dance at the 20th Classical Dance Festival in Panjim, Goa. The performance was on 01 February 2014.

SPECIAL ABILTY: A JOINT EVENT OF ALPANA AND IMPRESARIO INDIA: Our special students performed Odissi dance on 7 February 2014, in the specially organized event titled, SPECIAL ABILITY. It was a collaborative effort by Impresario India and ALPANA staged at Main Auditorium of India International Centre, New Delhi to a appreciative and discerning audience.

KHAJURAHO DANCE FESTIVAL 2014: Guru Alpana Nayak performed Odissi dance solo at the prestigious Khajuraho Dance Festival 2014 on 24 February 2014. Her performance was telecast live across the world on Doordarshan BHARTI.

MAITREE: A LANDMARK IN COLLABORATION WITH UVPA SRI LANKA:

The Association For Learning Performing Arts & Normative Action (ALPANA) in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India and the University of the Visual and Performing Arts (UVPA), Colombo, Sri Lanka presented “Maitree: Fusion of Odissi and Sri Lankan Dance Forms” at Azad Bhavan Auditorium of ICCR in New Delhi on 29 March 2014. The most important achievement of ALPANA so far, has been the operationalization of its collaboration with UVPA. The MoU signed on 20 May 2012 between ALPANA and UVPA on promoting areas of mutual interest such as faculty development and cultural exchange received further impetus in March 2014. Towards achievement of this goal, Guru Smt Alpana Nayak was invited by UVPA to conduct a workshop on Odissi Dance for three weeks in May, 2013. In reciprocation, ALPANA took a bold step to moot the idea of staging a joint production which found immediate support from UVPA, India Cultural Centre Colombo, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi. Both UVPA and ALPANA embarked upon this uncharted territory and conceived Maitree as a fusion of Odissi and Sri Lankan Dance forms to be staged at New Delhi.

The hallmark of the joint production was active personal involvement in music composition of and, in performance on stage by the Vice Chancellor, UVPA Snr. Prof Jayasena Kottegoda, the Dean of the Faculty of Dance, UVPA Prof. Ariyarathna Kaluarachchi, the Head of Department of Indian Dance, UVPA Mrs Palika Samanthi and the President, ALPANA Guru Smt Alpana Nayak.

On 29 March 2014 evening at the prestigious Azad Bhavan Auditorium, Maitree started with Mangalacharana, where the dancers began with a prayer to the Goddess Saraswati: Manikya Veena Mupala Layanti…….. written by Mahakavi Kalidasa. In this shloka the Goddess has been depicted as “Jagat Janani” (mother of the Universe), “Vak Vilasini” (connoisseur of spoken language), “Sangeet Rasike” (music aficionado) and “Kalyani” (ever benevolent). The uniqueness of this item was that Sri Lankan dancers of UVPA performed along with the Indian dancers of ALPANA.

The next item was, Poojabhinandana or Invocation Dance. It was presented by UVPA artists. This dance is specially performed with the intention of invoking the blessings of the Triple Gem and the deities on the performers and the audience.

Kirvani Pallavi followed next which was presented by artists of ALPANA. Then followed Ves presented by UVPA. It is in the characteristic traditional attire of the Kandyan Dance form and is considered as a white magic ritual related to the Up Country Main Dance tradition known as "Khoba Kan Kariya". Basically classical in concept, the dancer uses intricate rhythmic pattern rising to vigorous and lively climax.

After Ves dance, next was an Abhinaya based on a Sinhala song in Odissi Dance style. It was presented by Smt Alpana Nayak. The song is written by Snr Prof Jayasena Kottegoda, Vice Chancellor, UVPA and the music was also composed by him. The next item was Suraba Walliya. This is a dance item in the Low-country traditional mask play in Sri Lanka. Traditionally, it is performed by male dancers using mask. But, in Maitree, the female dancers presented this item without mask. Then next item presented by UVPA was Thelme which was a brilliant expression of pure rhythmical and classical dance form of the Low-Country tradition. It is a dance highlight in the ritual "Devol Maduwa" or "Gammaduwa" performed in honour of Goddess Paththini or Amman.

The last item of the evening was another joint production titled "Maitree" based on the ancient history of Sri Lanka. The artists from ALPANA and UVPA performed together. The theme of Maitree item is as follows. A prince named Vijaya and his seven hundred followers went from India and landed in Lanka on the day of the Parinirvana (Parinibbana) of the Lord Buddha. When they landed, the island was occupied by Yakkhas (Demons) and Nagas. Yakkhas and Nagas may refer to the aborigines who occupied the island before Vijaya's arrival. Vijaya allied himself with an aboriginal princess named Kuveni and married her. With her influence Vijaya defeated Yakkhas and Nagas and soon became the ruler of the country. With this a new era of friendship began which culminated into “Maitree”.

The accompanying musicians were, Sri Prashanta Behera as the Vocalist, Sri Pradeepta Maharana on pakhawaj, Snr. Prof Jayasena Kottegoda on Drums, Mr D.L.Idunil Sadun Ranchamara on Drums, Sri Dhiraj Pandey on flute, Sri Gopinath Swain on violin, Sri Lavinya Ambade on sitar. Smt Alpana Nayak conceived and directed; Sri Prasanta Behera, Sri Pradeepta Moharana and Prof. Ariyarathna Kaluarachchi composed music. Guru Smt Alpana Nayak, Ms Ayushi Nayak and Mrs Palika Samanthi choreographed the dance items. Shri Satish C. Mehta, Director General, ICCR was the Chief Guest and HE Mr Prasad Kariyawasam, High Commissioner Sri Lanka and Ms. Suchitra Durai, Joint Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs were the Distinguished Guests of the evening. Shri Satish C. Mehta admired the performances and blessed the talented young dancers with lots of good wishes to do good in future. He appreciated the hard work of ALPANA to promote cultural relationships between India and Sri Lanka.

ACTIVITIES DURING 2014-15: INDRADHANUSH 2014, the 11th Annual Event of A.L.P.A.N.A. at Azad Bhawan Auditorium (ICCR), IP Estate, New Delhi was a kaleidoscope of different dance and music items presented by the little wonders, budding classical dancers and singers and special students of A.L.P.A.N.A. As the rainbow with its vibrant colours fills the heart of the beholder with joy and enjoyment, the artists of A.L.P.A.N.A. mesmerized the audience with different varieties of dance and music. INDRADHANUSH 2014 started with a Welcome song “Swagatam Shubha Swagatam……" followed by a musical presentation by talented budding singers, Keyboard players, Tabla players, Guitarists and Flutist of A.L.P.A.N.A. which was based on Miyan Malhar Raag and Teen Taal. The next item was a popular film song: "Ajeeb dastan hai yeh...." by Keyboard players and Guitarists accompanied on Kongo by a Special Student, Preeti. The highlight of the evening cultural programme was a dance ballet presented by the special students of A.L.P.A.N.A. Through this act the differently-abled dancers demanded equal status and respect in the society which is their right, instead of sympathy and pity. Odissi dancers began their repertoire with ‘Mangalacharana’ where they presented “Namami Vighna Raja Twam” – a prayer to Lord Ganesha, the destroyer of all obstacles, the God of Wisdom and the God of Dance followed by a popular prayer "Jay Ganesha Jay Ganesha Jay Ganesha Deva, Mata Jaaki Parvati Pita Mahadeva............ The next item was Batu, which is a Nritta or pure dance. It depicts different sculptural postures of ancient temples of Odisha. Special students of A.L.P.A.N.A. are no less than anybody else in terms of talents. They presented Dashavataar which is an excerpt from “Geetagovindam” written by the great Oriya Poet Jayadeva. The next item was a Saabhinaya Pallavi : Kalyan Pallavi with Odia Abhinaya " Dekhiba Para Aasa Re......" The word “Pallavi” has been derived from the Sanskrit word “pallava”, which means the bud of a leaf, or the shoots of a tree, which are very tender. In this item equal importance is given to dance as well as music and rhythm. The movements in this item are extremely graceful and lyrical. In the Odia Abhinaya the Sakhis are inviting Radha to witness the beauty and grace of Krishna while playing His magical flute. The next item was an Abhinaya based on a very popular Odia devotional song “Ahe Nila Shaila Prabala Matta Barana………….” written by 17th century Devotional poet Salabega. An ardent devotee of Lord Jagannath, the poet prays to the Lord to save him from sufferings as He had come to the rescue of the elephant attacked by the crocodile, the Deer from the cruel hunter and Draupadi whose honour was at stake in the Kaurava’s court. It is written in such a simple style that any reader would find it very evocative. In order to beautify the dance composition and also to dramatise the inherent theme, a lot of Sancharis had been used. Last item of the evening was Shivastakam a prayer to Lord Shiva who is the God of all Gods. He is the destroyer as well as the preserver of whole universe. This item was specially choreographed by eminent Odissi Guru Shri Sudhakar Sahoo of Nrutya Sangeet Kala Mandir, Balasore which is the alma mater of Guru Smt. Alpana Nayak. All other items were choreographed by Guru Alpana Nayak. The accompanists were Sri Prasanta Behera as Vocalist, Sri Prafulla Mangaraj on Mardala, Sri Dhiraj Pandey on Flute, Sri Gopinath Swain on Violin, Sri Subash Behera on Tabla and Sri Lavinya Ambade on Sitar.

Shri Satyanarayan Mohanty, IAS, Secretary (NDMA) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India was the Chief Guest of the event and Shri Chandra Kishore Mishra, Additional Secretary and Mission Director of National Health Mission of Government of India was the Distinguished Guest of the event.

Our disciples performed Odissi at Thyagraj Nagar Jagannath Mandir Rath Yatra festival 2014 in July 2014. They also performed at CSOI Vinay Marg at the event of ICS & IAS Officers Wives Welfare Organization on 23 July 2014.

A.L.P.A.N.A. in collaboration with National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Ministry of Environment & Forests organized a three-day event, RANGOTSAV 2014 by organizing an art & craft workshop for specially talented artists at National Museum of Natural History, Barakhambha Road, New Delhi on 23, 24 and 25 July 2014. Fifty five challenged artists from different schools of the National Capital Region participated. In the valediction function Mr Anil Sant, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India was the Chief Guest.

Senior Disciples of Guru Smt Alpana Nayak presented BHOOMI PRANAM – An Evening of Odissi Dance at India International Centre, New Delhi on 17 August 2014. Dr. Vaishali Saini, a senior disciple of Guru Smt Alpana Nayak, made her solo debut through Mancha Pravesh and the senior disciples of Guru Smt Alpana Nayak presented 'Devi', a special choreographic presentation. Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh, internationally renowned Odissi Exponent and Scholar was the Chief Guest and Smt. Helen Acharya, Secretary, Sangeet Natak Academy was the Distinguished Guest of the evening. Dr Vaishali Saini, Amrit Setia, Disha Kannan, Pihu Shrivastava, Prapti Gupta & Ayushi Nayak were the senior artistes who performed in Bhoomi Pranam.

On the eve of Diwali - the festival of lights, handmade articles made by special students of A.L.P.A.N.A. were displayed and sold in an exhibition organized by Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodi Estate, New Delhi. People appreciated the efforts of A.L.P.A.N.A. in making the special students able to produce those artefacts.

SAMBHAV 2014, the ninth edition of SAMBHAV showcasing the artistic talent of physically and mentally challenged artistes from 14 countries including India concluded in the weekend of 14, 15 & 16 November 2014 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The three-day festival attracted groups from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Mauritius, Myanmar, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam besides groups from Indian States of Delhi, Bangaluru, Gujurat, Silong and Tirupati. It included International seminars on artistic empowerment of disabled persons, an exhibition of art and craft by the challenged artists from participating countries, signing of MoUs, yoga lessons and performances by twenty three troupes from sixteen countries at India International Centre, New Delhi. SAMBHAV 2014 was launched in the morning of 14 November 2014 by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science and Technology, Government of India. The Welcome & Introduction Ceremony of SAMBHAV 2014 witnessed Shri K.K. Mittal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India as Chief Guest. Career Diplomat Mr Anwar Haleem, Ambassador of Mongolia to India Mr Sanjay Suren Bayara and Counsellor (Culture) in Russian Embassy Ms Nana M Mgeladze were the Distinguished Guests at the welcome ceremony. Carrying their national flags, twenty three groups from sixteen countries attired in their country’s national dress took Sambhav pledge to work towards inclusive growth through inclusive arts. Art and craft exhibition was inaugurated by Padma Vibhushan Dr. Kapila Vatsayan. The MOUs were signed with organisations from Russia, Mauritius, Myanmar and South Africa. The MoU signing ceremony was chaired by Career Diplomat Ms Sripriya Ranganathan.

The inaugural event in the evening started with a video message by Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Honourable President of India and a message from Shri Narendra Modi Ji, Honourable Prime Minister of India. Padma Vibhushan Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, Eminent Scholar and Historian was the Chief Guest. Shri Lov Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Dr. A. K. Balyan, MD & CEO, Petronet LNG Ltd were the distinguished guests of the evening. On the second day Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India was the Chief Guest. Smt. Stuti N Kacker, Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs, Government of India and Shri Prakash Mishra, Special Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India were the Distinguished Guests. For the closing ceremony Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Honourable Judge, Supreme Court of India was the Chief Guest. Shri H.K. Dash, Secretary in the Inter State Council Secretariat, Government of India and H.E. Prof. Sudarshan Seneviratne, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India were the Distinguished Guests.

ALPANA Society added another feather to its cap in February 2015 when it started a new training institution in its own premises at Jhilmil Colony, East Delhi.

ACTIVITIES DURING 2015-16: Maitree, a cultural programme of joint India – Sri Lanka production (between ALPANA and UVPA Colombo) was held at Azad Bhavan, ICCR, New Delhi on 7 April 2015. Disciples of Guru Alpana Nayak, Guru Alpana herself and disciples of Prof. Ariyarathne Kaluarachchi, Dean, Faculty of Dance & Drama, UVPA, Colombo, Sri Lanka participated in the joint production. Odissi component was choreographed by Guru Alpana Nayak. Kandayn and Sri Lankan component was choreographed in an in-house workshop at ALPANA Institute by Prof. Ariyarathne Kaluarachchi. HE Mr M R K Lenagala, Deputy High Commissioner, Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest at the event.

INDRADHANUSH 2015, the 12th Annual Event of A.L.P.A.N.A. at Azad Bhawan Auditorium (ICCR), IP Estate, New Delhi on 23 May 2015 is a kaleidoscope of different dance and music items presented by the little wonders, budding classical dancers and singers and special students of A.L.P.A.N.A. As the rainbow with its vibrant colours fills the heart of the beholder with joy and enjoyment, the artists of A.L.P.A.N.A. mesmerized the audience with different varieties of dance and music. The distinguished guests at INDRADHANUSH 2015 are Shri Umang Narula, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director, India Toursim Development Corporation Ltd. and Padmashree Geeta Mahalik, the noted Odissi exponent.

In accordance with the terms of the MoU signed between the Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action (A.L.P.A.N.A.) and the University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Sri Lanka (UVPA) on 20.05.2012, Guru Alpana Nayak was invited by the university from 25.05.2015 to 06.06.2015 for conducting workshops on Odissi dance. Guru Alpana Nayak was accompanied by her senior disciples Amrit Setia, Pihu Shrivastava, Prapti Gupta, Disha Kannan and Pragati Malik. Guru Alpana Nayak and her disciples conducted various workshops and lecture demonstrations of Odissi dance, and gave several performances in the university.

Our organization received invitation from the “Art for All” Foundation Bangkok to take part in the event, Art for All in celebration of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th Birthday Anniversary at the United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok and at Arayana, Nakorn Ratchasima Province, Thailand. Six delegates from our organization including three of our artists with disability took part in the international workshop and performances funded by UNESCAP and Ministry of Culture of Thai Government from 28 July to 3 August 2015. At the workshop, our art teacher Ms Alka Agrawal conducted classes for international participants with special ability.

BHOOMI PRANAM 2015, an evening of Odissi Dance was organised by Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action (A.L.P.A.N.A.) at Main Auditorium, India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi on 23 August 2015. Shri Devendra Chaudhry, IAS, Secretary, Dept. of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Govt. of India was the Chief Guest and Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Odissi Guru Shri Shudhakar Sahoo was the Distinguished Guest of the evening. The highlight of the evening was presentation of "Nartaki ", a special choreography based on Acharya Nandikeshwara's "Patra Lakshyanam" from Abhinaya Darpana and other traditional Odissi Dance Pieces performed by the senior disciples of Guru Alpana Nayak: Amrit Setia, Disha Kannan, Vaishali Saini, Prapti Gupta, Pihu Shrivastava, & Devika Seth.

A.L.P.A.N.A. in collaboration with Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India organised “Rangotsav 2015”- an art and craft workshop and exhibition for the special children (physically and mentally challenged children) on 8 & 9 October 2015 at Model Integrated Primary School, B-2 Minto Road Complex, Minto Road, New Delhi-110002. Ms Indira Murti, Joint Secretary, Department of Empowerment of PWD, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr M. L. Meena, Deputy Secretary, Department of Empowerment of PWD, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Dharmendra Kumar, Director, IPH, Shri Lalit Kumar, Deputy Director, IPH and other dignitaries were present at the valediction ceremony.

Special students of A.L.P.A.N.A. performed at the Foundation Day celebration of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on 12th October 2015 at FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi, where Shri Kailash Satyarthi, Children’s Rights Activist and the winner of Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was present in the event as the Chief Guest.

On the occasion of Diwali Mela at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodi Estate, New Delhi, a two-day exhibition on 17-18 October 2015 was organized, where handmade articles made by special students of A.L.P.A.N.A. were displayed and sold. People appreciated the efforts of A.L.P.A.N.A. in making the special students able to produce those artefacts.

 
 
 
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