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With immense joy and enthusiasm, SRMS Riddhima—a Centre of Performing & Fine Arts celebrated its 2nd Foundation Day on February 8, 2023 at SRMS Riddhima, Bareilly. The Foundation Day, which also happens to be 113th Birth Anniversary of Late Shri Ram Murti ji, was full of vigour and zeal.

The grand evening began with the inauguration of painting exhibition titled ‘Magic of colours’ that was majestically created by the art, craft and painting students learning the skills at SRMS Riddhima. Soon after, the esteemed guests were given a warm welcome my MOC, Dr Anju Kumar. The evening kick-started with Deep Prajjwalan, SaraswatiVandana and SansthanGeet, followed by welcome address by Shri Dev Murti, Chairman & Founder, SRMS Trust. In his address, Shri Dev Murti said, “Late Shri Ram Murti ji had an immense liking and inclination towards music, dance, art, singing and acting, and SRMS Riddhima is an outcome of his inspiration, and a real tribute to the great leader and visionary.” He further apprised everyone about the connect of Kathak maestros, Nalini-Kamalini ji—the cultural ambassadors of classical dance, with SRMS Riddhima, who are also in the advisory panel of the center. Later, Padma Shri Kamalini ji extended her blessings and shared her invaluable and immeasurable love for Bareilly and Riddhima. Appreciation certificates to students of Riddhima were also distributed in the meanwhile. Soon after, Vishwadeep Sharma, a disciple of Nalini-Kamalini ji presented a mesmerizing Kathak performance. This was followed by ‘YamanTarana’—a kathak performance by kathak students of SRMS Riddhima. A vocal and instrumental performance on classical & semi-classical was showcased, which was followed by kathak performance by DebajyotiNaskar and Riashree Chatterjee on the theme ‘Arpan’ and ‘Samarpan’ respectively. Thereafter came a thrilling Bharatanatyam performance by Ambali Prahraj and her disciples on ‘Parampara’. The evening was rich in Indian culture, wherein a drama on theme ‘Sanskar’ was exhibited on stage by SRMS Theater department that was a true tribute to Late Shri Ram Murti ji.

Later, all the guests and theater buffs joined in for a High Tea.

Speaking about the delightful evening, Dr Rita Sharma, a theater buff and an Indian Classical singer said, “The celebrations were ecstatic, and was a great opportunity to witness some truly magical moments in Indian Classical dance and singing. Both Kathak and Bharatanatyam performances were truly exceptional. I loved every bit of the grand evening.”

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