National Integration through Dance & Music
The National Integration can be achieved through the promotion of culture and art. The Academy chose dance and music as the media to preserve Indian culture and the performing arts. The objectives it set were twofold:
- To promote young talent in Indian classical dance and music.
- To create greater awareness and deeper interest in our rich heritage to bring about unity.
The first dance and music function of the Academy was organised in 1999. It featured talented classical musicians and dancers. The programme provided an opportunity for upcoming artists to showcase their talents and carve a niche for themselves in the field of classical arts.
The National Integration project was further strengthened by setting up a Cultural Committee. The committee organises dance and music programmes of high quality twice a year.
An evening in HIS devotion - Bhajan Sandhya
As part of the National Integration through Dance and Music program, the Academy organised its first Bhajan Sandhya in 1999. Bhajan Sandhya is a soul stirring musical extravaganza which features a wide spectrum of cultural and religious songs presented by renowned musicians and artists.
In 1999, the Academy sent its group of Bhajan artists to Shri Krishna Janmotsav, organised by the Shri Krishna Gyan Mandir. The maestros of music, Mr. P. S. Krishnamurthy, Mr. Debangshu Chakraborty, Mr. Rajesh David, Mr. Jayant Niralkar, Mr. Ramesh Kavishwar, Shri Mahendra Jagria, Pandit Mahadev Mishra and Pandit Daliliji created an air of magic through devotional music. The artist presented melodious Krishna Bhajans to a gathering of 2000 devotees. Their enchanting recitals contributed to the ambience of devotion during the celebration of the auspicious festival of Janamashtami.
International Cultural Exchange
Priyadarshni Academy organized 2 visits of a group of Japanese students from Osaka University, Department of Oriental studies, Japan, to Mumbai in 1998 and 1999. These students, who learn Hindi language and Literature at Osaka University, presented plays in Hindi at Jai Hind College and Nehru Centre.
Their unique and impressive performances directed by Prof. Tomio Mizokami received great appreciation and critical acclaim from the audience and media. The visits were great opportunities for both India and Japanese for interaction and cultural exchange.
The first performance was held on 4th January 1998 in collaboration with Jai Hind College at its auditorium at 6.00 p.m. The Academy and M.M.K. College hosted the next performance in collaboration with Nehru Centre on 5th January 1998 at Nehru Centre auditorium.
The group staged renowned Hindi plays "PARDA UTHNE SE PAHLE" by Rajendra Kumar Sharma and "PYAR KAISE HOTA HAI" by Ramashankar Nishesh. Both the plays had social themes with a comic touch. The group's performance of these plays in Japan had received significant media attention and widespread acclaim. On 2nd March 1999, Priyadarshni hosted the second visit of 14 Japanese students of Osaka University under its cultural exchange programme. The group headed by Prof. Mizokami performed a Hindi Play “KAYA KALP", a social comedy, at Nehru Centre, Mumbai which got a greatly enthusiastic response from the audience.
The Academy was happy to host these goodwill visits and performances of Hindi Plays by the Japanese students in Mumbai. They received great appreciation from the discerning audience as well as critical acclaim from Media for the uniqueness of concept as well as impressive presentation. It was also a great opportunity for Indian and Japanese students for active inter-action and cultural exchange.
Promotion of Sports
The Academy has promoted sports in schools and colleges. Talented sportspersons have received financial assistance to participate in international competitions. Sports activities for the blind have been sponsored. The sports award of the Academy honours outstanding achievements in the field.