Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural & Educational Centre (SICEC), Pune was established on Friday, October 31, 2014. A division of Symbiosis Society, this is a dream project of Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder & President of Symbiosis. Known as a pioneering educationist of India, Dr. Mujumdar is a recipient of Padma Bhushan.
To promote the well-being of the students and professionals from the North-East in West India, SICEC proposes to:
SICEC plans to collaborate with like–minded NGOs and government organisations, to extend its reach multifold.
SICEC activities comprise:
Many more to come
Congratulations and Celebrations: SICEC turned 4
on National Unity Day : Wed. Oct.31, 2018.
It was a moment of double celebration for Symbiosis Ishanya Centre, as it celebrated Rashtriya Ekata Diwas (National Unity Day) and the 4th Anniversary on the same day: Wed. Oct. 31, 2018.
Keeping up with its vision of fostering national unity through cultural exchange, SICEC showcased a plethora of items which highlighted the unity we have in diversity.
The occasion was chaired by Founder and President of Symbiosis, Dr. S.B. Mujumdar. Dr. Mujumdar welcomed the gathering and the guests and spoke about the growth of the Ishanya Centre. He made the audience aware of the importance of National Unity Day, and praised (Late) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who played a key role in uniting the country. He emphasised that all Indians are citizens of one nation despite our diversities and we need to follow the spirit of unity.
The honoured guests were Mr. Ronnie Lahiri, celebrity filmmaker from Mumbai and Mr. Amrit Pritam, who is one of the biggest names in sound engineering and design in Indian cinema today. He is part of the team that created Village Rockstar, an Assamese film nominated for Oscar awards by India.
The cultural evening started with a beautiful dance presentation Fusion by internationally renowned Bharatnatyam diva, Ms. Arundhati Patwardhan and Sattriya exponent in Pune, Dr. Devika Borthakur. The fusion dance form truly proved that even mythology believes in no barriers and upholds unity. This was followed by the felicitation ceremony. Heads of the North-East community associations who ardently supported SICEC and stood like pillars in the last four years were felicitated.
The evening also had in store Cherow, the popular bamboo dance from Mizoram, a group dance on a composition by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, a renowned musician from Assam, a Rock show by #The Note, a North-East rock band from Pune and a Fashion Show which was an exemplary exhibit of divergent cultures of India. It represented 14 states from all corners of India.
The crowd marvelled at every performance and cheered throughout.
Neneghat Ganesh Mandal, currently celebrating the 125th anniversary of its Ganesh Festival decided to devote the evening of Sept. 15, 2018 to cherish the North-Eastern culture and traditions through performances in their premises. It invited Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural and Educational Centre (SICEC) and North-East Community Organisation Pune (NECOP) to participate with the help of NER communities residing in Pune.
The evening enthralled the audience with the magic essence of different forms of performing arts, songs and presentations from states like Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. It also had a travel and tourism stall and a book stall on North-East.
It showcased beautiful assimilation of cultures upholding fraternity and unity rightly justifying the purpose of the festival which began in Pune in 1893. Prior to this, members of NER communities also took part in the installation day procession of Lord Ganesh on Thu. Sept. 13, 2018
Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder & President of Symbiosis and Chancellor of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) graced both the occasions. Neneghat Ganesh Mandal authorities felicitated him and Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director SICEC.
On Thursday, 3rd May 2018, Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural and Educational Centre (SICEC) organised a vibrant Spring Festival at the Symbiosis Vishwabhavan auditorium. This was the second season of this unique festival.
Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Founder and President of the Symbiosis Society, graced the occasion with his presence. The chief guest for the programme was Hon. Mr. Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, erstwhile, Maharaja of Tripura (a former princely state) and President of the Tripura Pradesh Congress. The guests of honour invited for the programme were: Ms. Lin Laishram, a well-known international model and actress from Manipur and Ms. Arundhati Patwardhan, a renowned exponent of Bharatnatyam from Maharashtra. The dignitaries addressed the audience and emphasised the importance of cherishing one’s cultural identity and maintaining unity amidst diversity.
Performers from the states of Manipur, Tripura and Maharashtra regaled the audience with wonderful dances and informative presentations about the traditional celebration of spring and the New Year in each of the three states.
The Spring Festival was indeed a spectacular amalgamation of regional cultures that ultimately was a ceremony of national integration.
Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder & President, Symbiosis welcoming our Chief Guest Hon. Mr. Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, Maharaja of Tripura (former princely state) & President of the Tripura Pradesh Congress
Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder & President, Symbiosis presenting a memento to Hon. Mr. Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, Maharaja of Tripura (former princely state) & President of the Tripura Pradesh Congress, Chief Guest
From L to R. 1. Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director: ELTIS-SIFIL-SICEC, 2. Ms. Arundhati Patwardhan, Classical performer / Bharatanatyam danseuse Maharashtra, Guest of honour, 3. Ms. Lin Laishram, International model & actress, Manipur, Guest of honour, 4. Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder & President, Symbiosis, 5. Hon. Mr. Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, Maharaja of Tripura (former princely state) & President of the Tripura Pradesh Congress, Chief Guest, 6. Dr. Barnali Bhavsar, Section Head, Symbiosis Ishanya Centre
Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder & President, Symbiosis addressing the audience. On his left : Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director: ELTIS-SIFIL-SICEC, Ms. Arundhati Patwardhan, Classical performer / Bharatanatyam danseuse Maharashtra , Guest of honour , Ms. Lin Laishram, International model & actress, Manipur , Guest of honour, Hon. Mr. Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, Maharaja of Tripura (former princely state) & President of the Tripura Pradesh Congress, Chief Guest & Dr. Barnali Bhavsar, Section Head, Symbiosis Ishanya Centre
The International Women’s Day was celebrated on Thu. March 8, 2018 in ELTIS-SIFIL campus, Model Colony. This was a joint programme of Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural and Educational Centre (SICEC) and Rotary Club of Pune Tilak Road. Its theme was to appreciate women achievers, represented by Ms. Varsha Rajkhowa.
The short address given by Ms. Rajkhowa on conserving the eco-system and creating public awareness to save our environment was thought-provoking. She threw light on various underwater creatures, hectic preparations done by her and risks experienced by scuba divers. She also mentioned the peace felt deep inside the ocean. A video clip recording her achievements was also shown and was liked by all. The forum was open for questions and answers. Ms. Varsha offered prompt and apt answers to all the questions. She was appreciated for her confidence and her persistence in continuing promotional activities as an environmentalist. This was followed by refreshments to conclude the evening.
The 3rd North-East film festival, organized by National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural & Educational Centre (SICEC) and North-East Community Organization of Pune (NECOP), came off on February 24 and 25, 2018, the venue being NFAI, accommodating distinguished dignitaries and honourable guests. The prestigious assemblage of artistes like Bikramjit Singh, Zubeen Garg, Ambar Das added to the glow and glitter of the function that screened 11 highly renowned movies in 7 different languages of the North-East India, much to the delight of the observers. The festival lasted for two days, from morning to evening, with intermittent breaks. The officials engaged in conducting the proceedings gave a smart account of themselves to lift the programmes to the heights of rare excellence. The exhibition of films apart, there were other items such as food fests, cultural programme, each of which was quite up to the mark, thanks to the earnestness and ardour of the participants and the organizers. With vote of thanks, the ceremony was rounded off.
A Cultural Blend of North-East India with West India
The music of North-East was hummed in the West on 9 and 10 December, 2017. The hall resonated with clanging metals, sultry sound of bamboos, and cadence of drums. The scintillating performances were from the states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram & Maharashtra.
‘Harmony’harmonised a variety of performances. Martial arts, theatrics, songs, dance numbers - you name it and it was there!
The event was arranged by Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural and Educational Centre (SICEC) with the support of Sangeet Natak Academy, Guwahati, NECOP and ASOMI.
The event saw bigwigs like:
Ms. Varsha Rajkhowa, Miss Scuba International and Ocean Ambassador of India - Guest of Honour
Mr. Kenny Basumatary, Actor and Director from Assam - Guest of Honour
Mr. Silman Marak, guitarist from Meghalaya - Guest of Honour
Other guests for the evening were:
The performances were:
Prof. Shirish Sahasrabudhe, Director : SICEC-ELTIS-SIFIL felicitating Ms. Varsha Rajkhowa, Miss Scuba International and Ocean Ambassador of India, Pune
Ms. Varsha Rajkhowa, Miss Scuba International and Ocean Ambassador of India, Pune addressing the audience
The event catered to the tastes of the young and the old, far and near. There was something for everyone. The audience was from different north-eastern states together with Punekars.
Local school children trained in Assamese dance: SICEC supported and partnered with Sattriya Centre, Guwahati, Assam and ASOMI, the Assamese Cultural Association of Pune in January 2017 to organise a 2-week evening workshop for teaching Sattriya, the classical dance form of Assam to local school children. It was held at Symbiosis Secondary School, Pune. Three senior Sattriya Gurus were invited from Assam to be resource persons.
SICEC was inaugurated by Ms. Shobhana Ranade, Social Reformist on Oct. 31, 2014. The Centre will promote national integration by including in the main stream, the students and citizens of North Eastern region. It was appropriate that it was flagged off on the National Unity Day.
SICEC plans to celebrate its making every year. The first two years witnessed the presence of elite personalities from the fields of diplomacy, social work, films, art and music.
On October 31, 2015 Symbiosis celebrated the first anniversaryof the Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural and Educational Centre. The occasion coincides with the National Unity Day. Students from Manipur and Meghalaya presented melodious songs to celebrate the occasion. Ms. Leena Mehendale, former Chief Information Commissioner of Goa was the Chief Guest.
Rhythm & Melody, a Fusion Musical Concert was arranged on the occasion of the 2nd Anniversaryof SICEC on Fri. Nov. 25, 2016. Mr. Bikramjit Singh, International Flautist from Manipur along with Mr. Nikhil Mahamuni and other members of their troupe, enthralled the audience.
SICEC has so far organised 3 film festivals.
This second film festival in 2016 was held in collaboration with the National Film Archive of India (NFAI). Twenty five North-Eastern Films were screened as part of this festival.
Glimpses of the North-East Food festival, Art & Artefacts Exhibition & Cultural Programmes organised during ‘Fragrances from the North-East’, the 2nd North-East Film Festival:
was also organised in collaboration with NFAI (National Film Archive of India) along with DFF (Directorate of Film Festivals), Delhi.
SICEC aims at presenting the beauty of the North-East through colourful, musical presentations under the banner ‘A Call from Ishanya’. So far it has organised 3 presentations on ‘the seven sisters and a brother’ states of the North-East Region. These enthralling events imparted information about the unique socio-cultural features of the North-East.
Spring Festival in India is represented through beautiful dances and melodious music. SICEC celebrated Spring Festival 2017 by showcasing spring celebrations from Assam, Punjab and Kerala. It aims at fostering unity in diversity by bringing different states of India on one platform.