It has been said about Music that, "Music is the shorthand of emotion." (Leo Tolstoy) and "Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." (Confucius). Similarly, about Dance it has been said that “Dancers are the messengers of the gods.” (Martha Graham) and “Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.” (Maya Angelou). Music and Dance are the essential nature of mankind. It is, therefore, rather demeaning to talk of Benefits and Importance of Music and Dance. They are something beyond utilitarian importance. However, people do ask of benefits and importance of music and dance before taking classes.
So, for the benefit of such persons here are a few benefits of Music and Dance:
1. Music and dance increase intelligence.
2. Music and dance are great stress removers.
3. Music improves the ability of higher-level thinking.
4. The discipline of music and dance brings discipline to life.
5. Music and dance give great self-satisfaction and self confidence.
6. Music and dance bring name, fame and riches i.e. success in life.
7. Music and dance have social, emotional, and spiritual benefits and give happiness to life.
8. Music develops abstract reasoning necessary for academic success and mathematics and science.
9. Music and Dance can transport their practitioners and audience to a state of bliss akin to Union with God or Nirvana.
10. Dance has great health benefits. Dance builds endurance and stamina, releases toxins through sweating, may lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels and reduce heart rate and also help in weight loss. Dance is better than Gym Exercise because:
i. Gym exercises and other physical fitness routines are monotonous and, therefore, boring. They are like playing football without a ball! While dance moves are interesting and creative.
ii. Dance gives happiness, reduces stress and teaches us a new art of living.
iii. Dance routines help build strong and flexible muscles with graceful body and movements. In fact, some forms of dance, like Zumba, burn more calories than Gym routines.
iv. Dance is a great way of socializing. It gives feeling of brotherhood/sisterhood. In dance one has to synchronize with other participants and it thus gives understanding of each other. Some dances like Waltz and Tango are great for socializing.
v. While Gym routines build specific body parts, dance is good for the whole body.
The dilemma of using singular or plural is at the root of defining Summer Camp (s) also.
A camp, traditionally, is a temporary staying arrangement, usually under the sky and in tents. Invading armies, explorers/mountaineers on the expedition and nomadic tribes usually stay in camps. Vaudevilles, circuses and, of course, boy and girl scouts stayed in camps.
Later on, a tent became unnecessary for a camp! People stayed in hotels, motels and other residential facilities.
All sorts of camps sprung up: day camps and night camps, sports camps and boot camps, political and religious camps and, of course, summer camps. Even a temporary day facility like medical camp, health camp and yoga camp are also there.
Today, Summer Camps are basically of two types. First, which mean staying in the lap of nature, usually overnight and enjoy nature or nature activities like hiking, swimming or climbing. One could add adventure activities to the list. The second type is, generally, day activity for the sole purpose of utilizing summer holidays for a hobby, recreational or learning purpose.
There seems a vast difference in the western and eastern approach to summer camps also. In the west, summer is the most enjoyable period of the year when outdoor activities are possible and enjoyable. There is, therefore, great looking forward to summer in the west. Summer days are quite longer, even more so because of daylight saving timings, and neighbourhood parks and recreation facilities are enough to enjoy. In the east, on the contrary, summer is rather not the best part of the year except that school/colleges are closed. Most of the people travel to hill stations primarily to run away from the scorching sun and secondly because schools are closed.
Of course, in the west also there are summer camps of all varieties and types. Night camps and day camps and sports and games camps and music and dance and hobby camps.
One would do sunbathing in the west, sun screening in the east!
In India, most of the outdoor summer camps are visit and stay in exotic natural places. These camps also provide outdoor recreation and adventure activities.
Then there are summer camps which are mainly for keeping children occupied, if possible usefully, during the holidays. These are day camps supposedly teaching children various utility subjects like sports and games, hobby subjects, educational subjects and music and dance subjects.
Out of all these, which are the best camps which you should send your children to?
Visit to natural places (hill stations) is mostly a family affair and it has nothing to do with summer camp but, of course, only to summer. Who could afford it, a visit to hill stations is practically mandatory and necessary for bragging rights. However, it has the drawback that one could afford to stay in a hill station for limited days and then, again, one has to return to heated plains.
Sports and games summer camps are very popular. Parents think that just joining an Academy owned by a former famous sportsperson would make their children also a great player. But in all of these Academies, the actual coaches are those who have just played the game and are now available at cheap price. For example, most of the ball boys and court maintenance boys become very good player and coaches by dint of their hard work. These are the coaches who are running most of the tennis courts, sometimes, under the famous banners. I have all the praise and good words for them. But they have their limitations and the celebrity player may visit the facility once in a month only, that too, to collect the money and inspect the accounts. So, I am not very much in favour of sports summer camps.
Then, there are summer camps which boast of exotic subjects like rocket science, robotics, and abacus etc. What is the use of a summer camp if it is just an extension of school and one is studying the same, or even more difficult, subjects as in school.
Now, there are summer camps which teach hobby subjects like music and dance and art and crafts. True, one cannot learn these subjects during one summer only. However, they serve a great purpose. All our academic education caters to our left brain only which is analytic. For balanced and harmonized and complete development of brain and personality, one needs development of the right brain or creative side of the brain and personality. Music and dance have unlimited benefits.
I would, therefore, in the final analysis, recommend a summer camp which takes care of Mind, Body, and Spirit of your child. Only a summer camp providing such subjects as music, dance, art, and crafts qualifies for that.
Mahavidyalaya, Kalkaji, is, like previous years, organizing its eagerly awaited
and sought after Summer Camp from May 16 (Monday) to July 1 (Friday), 2016 (Monday
through Friday) from 10.15 AM to 1.30 PM with 15 Minutes Break for
Refreshments, etc. Cold drink and light refreshment will be supplied by us.
Students can also bring their own tiffin box.
The Classes would be held by
experienced and qualified Faculty in AC rooms with CCTV Facility. AC
Transportation with Female escort is also available on extra payment.
Fridays are reserved for
students’ Performances and Special Programmes arranged by us like Magic Show,
Puppet Show, Introduction to various Music and Dance subjects, etc.
Before classes there would
be a non-sectarian Prayer and short talk on a Inspirational/Motivational Quote
in which students can also express their views.
We would be providing to
each student 3 subjects out of 5 offered which would be running simultaneously
in separate rooms. The subjects are: Art and Crafts, Brain Gym/Mind Power
Games, Instrumental Music: Keyboard (Casio/Piano), Instrumental Music: Guitar,
and Western and Bollywood Dance.
Proposed charges are Rs.
1111 per week. A student can take admission for Full Summer Camp (Recommended)
or 3 Weeks (minimum) or 5 Weeks.
Early Bird Fee is Rs.
999 only per week for Limited Seats on First Come, First Served Basis.
TANSEN SANGEET MAHAVIDYALAYA is organizing THE ULTIMATE SINGING &
DANCE COMPETITION STARS KI KHOJ, in 2 Disciplines DANCE
(Solo) and SINGING (Solo) in 2 Age Groups: 15 yrs. and below and above 15 yrs.
open to Everyone (students and general public). Though it is an All India
Competition, the major competition rounds will be held in Delhi-NCR. Two
Winners from both Categories and both Age Groups will be crowned TAANZ STARS.
There will be Cash and other Attractive Prizes.
The Competition is being publicized on
various print and electronic Media, including Radio City 91.1 FM.
The Schedule of Competition
Rounds is as under:
Zonal Auditions (South
Delhi): 17th May, 2016
Semi Final: 23rd and 24th May, 2016
Grand Final: 28th May, 2016
Entry Fee: Rs. 500 per
performer per Item (Dance or Singing)
last blog we read about HOW TO MAKE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS.
you are like majority of the people, your New Year Resolutions might have
crumbled already! You must have exercised a couple of days and then abandoned
your resolution of exercising daily; you might have eaten healthy food a couple
of days and then resigned yourself to tasty and fatty food; you might have
started learning a new skill and then found that you have ‘no time’ to give to
all is not lost. New Year Resolutions can be made again or revised.
According to Hindu mythology, theTaandavof Lord Shiva symbolizes the cosmic
cycles of creation and destruction, birth and death. His dance is therefore the
dance of the Universe, the throb of eternal life.Nataraja(literally
the king of dancers), orLord Shivain a graceful dancing pose, is
worshipped all over India, by classical dancers.
When a group of Gods and Godesses pleaded with Lord Brahma for
another simple Veda for the common man in Kaliyuga to be created, he created
the Panchamaveda, the Fifth Veda, or NatyaVeda. He took pathya, the words from
the Rigveda, abhinaya, the communicating elements of the body from the
Yajurveda, geet, the music and chant from the Samaveda, and rasa, the vital
sentiment and emotional element from the Atharvaveda to form the fifth Veda,
After creating this Veda, Lord Brahma handed it to sage Bharata
and asked him to propagate it on the earth. The sage Bharata then wrote
Natyasastra, which is the common root for all classical dance forms of India.
It is the common text for all the Indian dance forms.
Another legend has that the Goddess Parvathi taught art of dance
to Usha, the daughter of demon Banasura. Later, Usha handed it to the Gopikas
of the city of Dwaraka, the Lord Krishna's birth place. In reality, the Gods
and the Goddesses, being dancers themselves, have been passing the art of the
heavenly dance through many human channels.
DAY OF INDIA CELEBRATIONS AT THE LIFE BEAUTIFUL/TANSEN SANGEET MAHAVIDYALAYA
1.Republic Day of India Celebration-Gunijan Baithak:
20.01.13 (5-7 PM)-THE
LIFE BEAUTIFUL’s Gunijan Baithak was a huge success. The Baithak opened with a Vocal performance by MOHIT TAMTA
and MANOJ SINGH NEGI, our students. This was followed by Sitar recital by
DEBJYOTI MUKHERJEE who was accompanied by DEBJYOTI DASGUPTA on Tabla. At the
end was the Vocal recital by IMAN DAS who was ably accompanied by SHUSHOMAY
MISHRA on Tabla. Our Vocal Guru MAHUA MUKHERJEE accompanied the Vocal
performers on Harmonium.
2.Republic Day of India Celebration-Drawing Competition: 25.01.13
(2-3 PM) THE
LIFE BEAUTIFUL Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Kalkaji Drawing Competition was a
huge success. Our students RADHIKA and SANGEETA MUKHERJEE won First and Second
Prizes respectively in Adults Category and YUKTA won Third Prize in Kids
Category. The First, Second, and Third prize winners in each Category were
awarded Trophies during the following Music and Dance Programme and all the
participants will be given Certificates of Participation.
3.Republic Day of India Celebration-Music and Dance
25.01.13 (4-7 PM) THE LIFE BEAUTIFUL Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Kalkaji,
Music and Dance evening was enthusiastically supported by parents. It, thus,
became a “Houseful” event. Students and Teachers presented beautiful items of Vocal,
Instrumental and Dance. Befitting the occasion, the theme of the Program was
patriotism and both National Song and National Anthem were also sung.
And, below follows a short introduction to the Origin of Music.
ORIGIN OF MUSIC
In India, the
origin of music, indeed sound itself is traced back to the origin of the
universe. According to Hindu mythology, the first ever sound is the Naadbrahma
(Brhma as Sound), which pervades the entire universe. It is the purest sound in
the universe and is believed to be unstuck. Another myth associates the origin
of sound (and dance) with the Tandava of Shiva and Onkar. It is said that sage
Narada then introduced the art of music to the earth from heaven. Like dance,
origin of the music in India
was in devotional songs and was restricted to religious and ritualistic
purposes and was mainly used in temples only. This then developed in
association with folk music and other musical forms of India and
gradually derived its own musical characteristics.
Well, this is all for this inaugural blog.
Come back regularly and you would find exciting and interesting things happening here!