Becky Shaju Mathew 

Yamini 2015, an overnight classical concert was held on eve of the Independence day at DST auditorium in University of Hyderabad. ‘Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth’ (SPICMACAY) joined hands with the University for the fifth time to hold the concert, in memory of former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, as part of the cultural movement they seek to initiate.

The event was inaugurated by Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, E.S.L. Narasimhan. The Governor expressed his happiness that the concert was dedicated to Dr. Kalam, a music aficionado and a veena player himself. Prof. R.P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad addressed the gathering and acknowledged the need for the country’s youth to be more proactive in celebrating the priceless cultural heritage of our country. He also appreciated the effort of the organizers and student bodies in organizing such an event which helps in portraying the cultural tapestry of India.

Rama Vaidyanathan

Rama Vaidyanathan

The concert kicked off with a stellar performance by renowned Bharatanatyam dancer Vidushi Rama Vaidyanathan followed by a mesmerizing recital by internationally acclaimed violinist Vidushi A. Kanyakumari. Sikkil C. Gurucharan, grandson of Sikkil Kunjumani entranced the audience with his Carnatic vocals. Pt. Nityanand Haldipur’s Bansuri recital and Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar’s Drupad vocals were magical to listen to in the early morning hours.

The jam packed auditorium that mainly consisted of the youngsters, even at the wee hours, was a positive sign that the traditions and ancient culture of our country is still inscribed in the minds of the present generation.

SPICMACAY is a voluntary non-profit youth movement that organizes classical dance and music concerts in schools and educational institutions.

Started in 1977 by Dr. Kiran Seth, SPICMACAY organizes more than 7500 programmes every year in India and abroad promoting the value and significance of traditional Indian art forms.