Patna: The cadets of National Cadet Corps (NCC), Directorate of Bihar and Jharkhand, wowed the audience as the youngsters paid a fitting tribute to the rich history, culture, customs and traditions of the state here on Thursday evening.
The cultural kaleidoscope, aptly titled ‘Apni dharti, apna aasman’, saw a contingent of altogether 106 cadets comprising school and college students showcase their flair in performing arts at the Premchand Rangshala. It was the same set of cadets who earlier participated at the Republic Day camp in New Delhi and performed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The who’s who of the town, including senior bureaucrats, police officers and senior army officers and their families, enjoyed the glittering show.
The songs, dance and drama performances included Dhamkach dance, traditionally performed during marriage ceremonies in the state, a Chotanagpuri tribal song praising the beauty and grace of the nature’s bounty, and a traditional folk dance of Bihar wherein the cadets took roles of a farmer appeasing his wife by promising her gold jewellery consequent to a good harvest.
A ballet presentation, ‘Atma Bodh’, emphasizing the values of truth, peace, non-violence, love and selfless service that have got diluted over the years, was quite appreciated by the audience. A poetic recitation, ‘Karmath Bihari’, and an energetic Mithilanchal folk song cum dance performance depicting husband-wife relationship also regaled the audience.
But the icing on the cake was ‘EK gatha Bihar ki’, a moving poetic rendition promoting the dignity and pride of contemporary Bihar. The glitz and glam-marked function was conducted by cadets Tanvi, Devyani, Somya and Masum. Currently, there are around 60,000 cadets across the state.
State art, culture and youth affairs secretary Chanchal Kumar welcomed chief secretary Ashok Kumar Singh, the chief guest, along with other guests on the occasion. NCC deputy director general (Bihar and Jharkhand) Brigadier Ratan Kumar proposed a vote of thanks and also congratulated cadets Roshan, Manish, Arun, Jitendra, Shiva, Vikash and Pooja for getting gold and silver medal in naval and air wing from among the cadets from of 17 directorates who participated in New Delhi.