Sri Aurobindo Cultural Club was founded in 1992 and since then, there has been no looking back for the members who constantly bring laurels to the institution. The convener of the club is Sachi, a faculty member of the English department in the college. “Every year, we see students confining themselves to Bollywood and freestyle dancing but this year, we have decided to include innovative and new forms of dance like African, folk, tribal and classical. This will not only enhance their dancing skills but also help them learn new forms of dance,” says Sachi.
The students are equally excited to be a part of this club since they are looking for an opportunity to explore new horizons.
Deepika, a bharatanatyam and a contemporary dancer who has been practising dance since her childhood, says, “This college has given me ample of opportunities to showcase my talent. Recently, I even won the first prize in a dance competition which was conducted by the college. The support and encouragement we get from our teachers goes beyond words.”
Says Rashmi, the student coordinator of the club, “It has been a wonderful experience working for the Cultural Club. It gives us a great opportunity to realise our potentials and also learn the nuances of different forms of dance.”
There are a few girls who have specialised in particular forms of dance and have made the college extremely proud. Vijetha, a final year B Com student who has performed for many events in the college says, “Every time, we see people performing only Bollywood and freestyle so we try coming up with innovative ideas.
This time, we tried performing a tribal dance called Lelapadi for which we won the first prize. It also received a good response from the audience.”The club also conducts other activities like Talent Day, dancing and singing competitions and Ethnic Day to provide an opportunity to the students. When asked whether the college is supportive of their activities, the students reply, “The staff and teachers of this college have been so supportive that even if we don’t volunteer, they motivate us to take part in various activities.”
Savitha, who specialises in Bollywood dance says, “We usually try a combination of different songs and new steps to make our performance lively. This not only brings in a diversity but also helps students enhance their skills.” All in all, the cultural club of Aurobindo College has an enthusiastic team of girls who keenly take part in all the activities and make memories that they can cherish for a lifetime.