On Sunday, 8th July, Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development rang out with the mellifluous strains of Hindustani classical music as a recital, Swarangan, was held by the students of the Ajivasan Academy. Performing both solo and in groups the children regaled the audience with their soul stirring renditions of time honoured Ragas.
Under the guidance of Suresh Wadkar Ji the children receive scientific training in Hindustani Classical Music and the students have had the opportunity to perform with the master himself on several occasions. At the Ajivasan academy, they believe that a Guru passes on his knowledge of music to the disciples hoping that they learn to live the art. A young boy, 15 years of age, who attended Swarangan said, “I came because my Dad forced me to attend as he is a big fan of classical music. I was pretty sure I was going to be bored but surprisingly I found the music very moving. I’m not sure I would want to learn it myself but it is great to listen to on a rainy morning.”
Leon’s World also added some pep to the Sunday by way of Footprints – a dance workshop facilitated by choreographer Kaushal Dedhia. A student and performer with the famed Shiamak Davar’s Institute for the Performing Arts (SDIPA), Kaushal ensured that those attending the workshop not only learnt some dance moves but got a dose of exercise as well. He started with a fun workout on fusion songs and then taught the participants the steps to the choreography of a Bollywood song. A lady who participated said, “I love Bollywood songs and I especially wanted to attend this workshop to learn some moves to impress my friends at weddings – the workout session was a bonus!”
The Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development will continue to bring such interesting workshops and performances which are suited for the young and the young at heart.