Like yesteryear, IMA’S celebrated the 159th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on 8th May 2020. Due to the current lockdown situation for COVID -19, the programme had to be arranged online, but that did not pull down the excitement of the occasion. There was heart-warming participation from not only the mentors, advisors, students, and faculties of the institute, but friends and well-wishers from all over the world poured in their love and respect on this auspicious gathering. The program started with a welcome speech by the founder of IMA’S Mrs Swarnali Pal who also mentioned the successful and eventful completion of one year of IMA’S on 7th May 2020.
More than 32 participants showcased their performances in various art forms: Songs, Dances, Recitations, ShrutiNatak, live painting and Instrumental renditions of Flute and Violin. Few others from various fields like Doctor, IT professional, Engineer were also present as the audience. The programme started with an opening dance by Guru Jalsa Chandra, an internationally-acclaimed dancer, and mentor at IMA’S. Various well-known vocalists paid their tribute by singing Rabindrasangeet. Pandit Gourishankar, tabla-maestro and founder of SIPM, Austin, enlightened the programme from the USA, with his speech on the impact of classical music on Rabindranath’s creation. Sri Indradeep Ghosh of Maihar Gharana mesmerized the audience with his violin presentation of ‘ Eso Shyamal Sundor ‘ based on Raag Desh. The stage was then shared by Mrs Lipika Bhattacharya from Belgium with her composition and oration on Rabindranath Tagore. A short piece of Odissi dance was performed by Guru Sanchia Bhattacharya a globally-acclaimed Odissi dancer. Apart from the live performances presented by these renowned artists, the students of IMA’S also performed in their respective fields and proved the excellence of the institute. Guru Nandini Sinha, a renowned Kathak dancer, and advisor of IMA’S also presented a dance recital. Director of DDRF Mr and Mrs Roy performed their passion in the form of art. The entire programme was coordinated from Qatar by Mrs Chandrima Guha Roy, an art educator. She also expressed her realisation on Tagore. The 2-hour programme was concluded with a vote of thanks shared by Mrs Swarnali Pal who apart from thanking the participants and audiences especially acknowledged and thanked Mr Arindam Rakshit the rector of IMA’S for his effort in making the online programme, ‘ Rabi Anweshan ‘ successful.