The summer course of Music, namely, the Harmonium Course and Tabla Course began on May 10, 2018 and ended on June 03, 2018. The Resource Persons for Tabla were Mr. Rakesh Edwin and Ms. Lakshmi whereas the Resource Persons for Harmonium were Mr. B. Tiwari, Rev. Fr. Rojan, Sr. Laetitia and Sr. Lilly. Each participant had his/her own instrument according to the choice of the course. The course was inaugurated with a short prayer and welcome note by Rev. Fr. Wilfred, the Director. As the course was intensive, the participants practiced till 10.00 p.m. with enthusiasm, fervour and vigour. The result was very evident as the participants could play harmonium and Tabla within a week during the liturgical celebrations. At the end of the course on June 02, 2018, they put up a stage programme with classical and semi-classical music. The Chief Guest of the day was Prof. K, Shashi Kumar. He applauded highly the commendable service rendered by the missionaries to develop the talents of young children and youth of the nation utilizing the holidays of the students.
The summer course of Dance began with the inaugural session and a welcome note by the Director who also introduced the teachers and explained the purpose of the course with its objectives on May 16, 2018 at 6.30 p.m. The course lasted till June 10, 2018. The participants were all together 230 in number. The Resource Persons for Bharatnatyam were Shikha Mariam, Sareena, Jayanti, Purnamaya, Surabhi, Archana Masih, Olampian Toppo, Alfy, Neha, Priyanka, Savi, Pallavi. They were all students of Kala Kendra, College of Music and Dance, Varanasi. These young, energetic, dynamic resource persons were very much involved with the students in every aspect of their life. They were diligent in teaching and patient in guiding. Bharatnatyam students took pains to prepare the liturgy in a meaningful way. Procession to the Grotto of Our Lady, the recital of the Holy Rosary was a regular practice during the enitre course. After the Rosary, they staged dances based on Hymns to Our Lady. It was a joy to see the budding artists performing with zeal and zest.
The classes came to the culmination with Deekshant Samaroh on June 9, 2018. The young artists presented the classical, semi-classical and folk dances such as Marathi dance, Punjabi dance, Prayer dance, Patriotic dance and Fusion dance with fine tune and perfection. Rev. Fr. Rojan welcomed the Chief Guest, Most Rev. Dr. Eugene Joseph and the august audience. The Chief Guest appreciated the budding artists for their remarkable, scintillating performance. He also wished the budding artists to continue to practice what they have learnt to master the art of dance. The third year students completed the course and received the certificates. Many parents, sisters, fathers and well wishers were present for the concluding ceremony.