My Culture My Mother (Integration through Culture)

St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Jakhama, hosted a very unique programme today the 27th March, 2019 at 10.00 am in the indoor stadium with a team of Soorya organization. Soorya is the largest cultural organization of the world with its chapters in 40 countries. The team includes Shri Sooryakrishnamoorthy, founder Secretary of Soorya, Dr. Methil Devika, dancer (Mohiniyattam), scholar and educator and Kumari Reddy Lakshmi, dancer (Kuchipudi).

Rev. Fr. Dr. Sebastian Ousseparampil, the Principal did the welcome and introduction of the guests to the gathering. He started with a quote from Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’,  “If music be the food of love, play on…” and said Nagaland as ‘Land of Festivals’ welcome the guests of artists in the likewise manner.

Speaking on “My Culture, My Mother (Integration through Culture), Shri Sooryakrishnamoorthy stated that there are lots of definitions for ‘Culture’ and said that his best definition is, “Culture is concern for others”. He went on giving sizable stories and incidents where it indicated what culture is. He further said that artists are people who are different from people like Doctors, Advocates, Soldiers and the likes. Artists are ones who know what is justice and injustice, right and wrong, good and bad, beauty and ugliness. And how one should identify the artists is how we look at them. They will not be with tools like the former ones.

The programme was attended by some VVIPS of the state, representatives from department of Art & Culture, Govt. of Nagaland, Rattle & Hum Society, other distinguished guests, members from Abiogenesis Band of Folk fusion Act and the members of the Josephite family. The programme was hosted by Mr. James H.K, Head, Dept. of English. This programme was as desired by His Excellency, Guv. of Nagaland, Shri P.B. Acharya to be held at our college.