Celebrated every year from October 2 to 8, the Joy of Giving Week is India’s biggest festival of giving during which kindness galvanises people from all walks of life to come together by giving their time, material or money in myriad ways to the cause(s) of their choice.
Every year, the National Centre for the Performing Arts participates in the Joy of Giving Week by organising special events for the less privileged sections of our society. In the past, the NCPA has visited old age homes, orphanages and NGOs to help spread the Joy of Giving through music and dance. This year, in view of the pandemic, we are hoping to share our expertise through an inclusive online platform and open a new world for young minds.
Since most educational institutions and NGOs remain closed and a large percentage of underserved communities are not able to access online education, the NCPA has collaborated with enguru, a platform which teaches English to children and young adults, to reach out to students.
enguru is India’s largest live English learning app. It offers a combination of free learning and highly reasonable live English language classes. enguru reached 50,000 students and conducted over 200,000 live class sessions in August, with 67% participants from outside Tier I cities in India. Backed by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, enguru’s mission is to provide high quality affordable English training across India.
Through the week of October 2-8, the NCPA will conduct a series of workshops and screenings spanning music, dance, photography, magic and puppetry in an attempt to brighten the world of the young and curious who otherwise have limited access or exposure to these art forms.
The line-up includes:
2nd Oct All Day
Vaishnav Jan To A video featuring Gandhiji’s beloved hymn performed by students of Hariprasad Chaurasia’s Vrindaban Gurukul and Symphony Orchestra of India
2nd Oct All Day
When Land Becomes Water Screening of a performance based on a set of books by Neeta Premchand, presented by the SOI Chamber Orchestra and the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, which shows the universality of our stories and how, despite our differences, we are all united.
3rd Oct 7pm
In Praise of Mahatma Three speakers, each of them sharing a unique association with the Father of the Nation, will be in conversation with Mukesh Parpiani, head of NCPA’s Piramal Art Gallery and former Photo Editor with major newspapers. Commercial photographer and art critic Dilip Yande’s interaction with the late industrialist Pranlalji Bhogilal, whose family was often visited by Gandhiji, yielded an array of anecdotes which he will share in this session. Other panelists include Kishor Jhunjhunwala, a passionate Indian paper money researcher and collector of Gandhiji’s and Netaji’s memorabilia; Sanjay N. Joshi, an international exhibitor of coins, currency notes and postal stamps whose collection includes rare coins and stamps of Mahatma Gandhi released by various countries. The talk will be interspersed with presentation of personal collections of Jhunjhunwala, Joshi and Jagdish Agarwal.
4th Oct 7pm
Cultural Diet by Bruce The NCPA’s theatre head reveals his methodical approach to consuming art and culture.
5th Oct 7pm
The World of Western Classical Music A workshop to initiate students into one of the richest traditions of music by familiarising them with symphony orchestras, the instruments they use, famous composers and their compositions.
6th Oct 4pm
Magic Moments by Dr. Kruti Parekh
Dr. Kruti Parekh, Asia’s only professional woman mentalist and an award-winning international performer, is out with her new show. This live show on ZOOM will take participants on a journey of mystery, amazement and mindboggling mental phenomena.
7th Oct 4pm
Storytelling through dance by Swapnokalpa The NCPA’s dance head takes participants on a fascinating journey of narrating stories through mudras.
8th Oct 4pm
The World of Western Classical Music