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Talent Night 2013

This night full of music and dance was the very first SPICMACAY extravaganza for the enthusiastic junior batch. We witnessed active participation from the talented freshers in the form of cultural performances like classical dances and solo singing with a variety of musical instruments. The event attracted a large turnout from the senior batch and faculty as well. The event lasted well into the night and some of the dance performances such as Bharatnatyam and songs like 'Khwaja Mere Khwaja' and evergreen Ilaiyaraja numbers remained with the over 100-strong audience long after they left the Fr. Tome auditorium.


Pottery Workshop

The Pottery Workshop organized by SPICMACAY saw students turn up in unexpectedly huge numbers to carve the clay! Besides teaching them the ancient art of pottery, the students enjoyed getting their hands dirty which brought back nostalgic memories of childhood.

Sand Art & Hand Shadowgraphy

The cultural fest at XLRI bore witness to two scintillating events from the SPICMACAY stable. The first of these involved a display of sand art and hand shadowgraphy by Arnab Sen and Sabyasachi Sen. A brilliant display of vibrance using only sand-and-hand, the audience in a jam-packed Tata auditorium witnessed something truly magnificent as part of Valhalla 2013. Besides popular celebrities such as Michael Jackson, the master artist also portrayed emotions through pictures. The event attracted a large footfall of over 500 with some even packing into the balcony to witness the event. It was easily among the most popular events as part of XLRI's Valhalla.

Dastangoi- the lost art of Storytelling

The SPICMACAY journey in the 2nd term started off early with the lost art form of Dastangoi. At the centre of dastangoi is the dastango, or storyteller, whose voice is the main artistic tool in orally recreating the dastan or the story. The master story-tellers have practiced this art of telling tales for generations, primarily for the purpose of entertainment. XLRI had the pleasure of hosting on campus two exponents of the art, Rana Pratap Sengar and Rajesh Kumar, who enthralled the 150 member audience at Tata auditorium during the hour long performance and left them wanting for more..


Dandiya Night

Next up on the calendar was the 'Dandiya Raas' event on the 9th of October. The origins of Raas can be traced to ancient times and the dance form originally originated as devotional Garba dances, which were performed in Goddess Durga's honor. It depicts the staging of a mock-fight between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura, the mighty demon-king. This dance is also nicknamed 'The Sword Dance' and the sticks of the dance represent the sword of Goddess Durga.

Even though the heavens opened before the event, XLers showed that their spirit could not be dampened and they turned up in large numbers for the Raas. The XLRI faculty graced the student body on the occasion too, and kicked it off by performing a traditional Puja before the Dandiya began. The JLT was full of bright and colourful costumes and the sounds of Dandiya sticks coming together was deafening. The best dressed dancers also got a few gifts, but the winners that night was every single student who came together as one and made the event a grand success.

We-Chitrakala Workshop (Ensemble'13)

Ensemble 2013 was this year's edition of XLRI's eagerly awaited management fest and SPICMACAY made its presence felt with a practical workshop in the evening of 16th November. The arts taught include Quilling, Charcoal Painting & Origami for the students interested in these hard to master, but pleasing on the eye art forms. Our in house artists instructed those in attendance in the finer details of these arts, which giving them practical tips and insights while handholding them through the hands-on tutorial.

Roze Khan Manganiyar & Troupe

The final SPICMACAY event for 2013 was a mesmerising Rajasthani Folk night at the Tata Auditorium. The Manganiyars are Rajasthan's most famous community who are known for their classical folk music. They are groups of hereditary professional musicians, whose music has been supported by aristocrats for generations. Their songs are passed on from generation to generation as a form of oral history of the desert. They sing songs about Alexander the Great, about the local Maharajas and past battles in the region. The different musical instruments combined with their energetic voice and puppet shows drew oohs and aahs from 150+ members from both XLRI and outside who were in attendance.

SPICMACAY continues to plan for more such events for the XLRI family and one can be assured of coming out satisfied from having learnt a new art or dance form at every organized event.