12 April 2017
One of the best things that we can do as people and as a society is encourage creativity, wherever it may be. It is especially important to encourage creativity among children since they are the future and it is there that our next great painter, dancer, singer, or writer is going to come from. To give wings to a child’s artistic skills and imagination is to preserve the essence of what it is to be human.
At L&T we realise this and many of our community outreach efforts and CSR programmes, particularly those concerning children focus on encouraging youngsters to explore the arts. Even the educational programmes such as Science on Wheels and other afterschool projects which the Company runs with the help of L&T-eers and NGO partners have an element of innovative thinking and creative imagination. As part of its continued effort to instil in young minds a deeper appreciation of arts and cultural diversity, in 2016 L&T joined forces with the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) and through an initiative called “Nritya Parichay” took under its wings a group of sixty children currently studying at the Green Lawns School in Filterpada – a low-income community in the vicinity of L&T’s Powai campus – and trained them in some of India’s more traditional dance forms.
The idea was to familiarise the kids with something that they wouldn’t ordinarily get to know otherwise. Through Nritya Parichay the youngsters learnt the signature folk dance forms of three Indian states - Manipur’s Thougal Jagoi and Thabal Chongba, Kerala’s Kalaripayattu and Gujarat’s Garba, and showcased their skills at a special performance held recently at the NCPA’s Experimental Theatre on March 8, 2017.
The young ones put up what was an extraordinary show comprising one superlative dance performance after another and lit up the stage with their moves. The show commenced with Manipuri folk dance Thougal Jagoi - a dance to invoke the deities followed by Thabal Chongba – a dance routine typically associated with the festival of Holi. This was followed by Kerala’s famed martial arts cum folk dance form Kalaripayattu. The young troupe ended the show with an energetic Garba performance that had everyone cheering and swaying in the aisles.