Yavnika Hobby Club

Each one of us is gifted and each one of us has a different set of hidden talents. “Yavnika” -Hobby club is an excellent avenue to unwrap these natural gifts & discover our potentials, polish them, embellish them and be a proud beholder of many skills. It’s not about how smart you are, it’s all about how you are smart. Hobby Club draws its inspiration from the Multiple Intelligence faction of the ‘The Eclectic Approach’.

The focus of these club activities is primarily to help the students explore their hidden talents in activities that range from personal cultural hobbies to technical interest.The ‘Hobby Club’ not only helps to bring out the potential of the students but also fosters development in areas such as personality development and inculcating in the students the spirit of learning together. We intend to make students smarter the way they already are. Each individual has a different permutation and combination of the different intelligences he/she possess.

In today’s world, the pressures and demands on students are phenomenal. Pressure of exams, peer pressure, parental pressure and pressure for career results in tension among the students. This stress prevents them from performing skillful actions which in turn deprives them of the results that they deserve to achieve. For reducing stress, the Hobby Club provides an answer. Hobby is focusing attention on a single thought to the exclusion of all other thoughts under the supervision of the intellect.

Although for a Gyani, Hobby culminates in realizing one’s “True Self,” but at the level of the students, help the children to quiet their strained minds by asking them to focus their attention on their creativity and innovative thoughts, instead of thinking about the events of the day or their future plans. The entire session helps them to relax and be in the present. If the children learn to do selfless actions with love and compassion for all and work towards a higher ideal in life, Club activities would help them to realize their true potential!
According to the Collins Thesaurus the word ‘creative’ has a number of synonyms such as imaginative, artistic, ingenious, original, productive, inspired and inventive. The word ‘expression’ too has synonyms like statement, demonstration, manifestation, verbalization, communication and exhibition.
True to its name, the club has students who are given a platform to exhibit and verbalize their imagination, originality and artistic talents, through a number of activities.  Every student could eagerly and enthusiastically participates in each activity and expresses him/ her beautifully. The students’ talents are sharpened and polished and their creativity is brought to the fore and blooms afresh.
The ‘Yavnika – Hobby Club’ which raises the curtain from the innovative mind of the students, is conducted under the active supervision of the institution by Club committee in the respective fields.
Engaging in a hobby leads to acquiring substantial skills, knowledge and experience. The objective of the Hobby Clubs is to inspire students to pursue a hobby and explore their potential in areas like dance, music, theatre, photography, painting, gardening, etc. The committee shall work towards encouraging student participation in recreational activities, thus providing an opportunity for networking, team-building and personality development.
The following are the scopes that the committee aims to accomplish in every academic year:
  •         Initiate activities such as Music, Dance, and Dramatics, Photography, Painting etc.
  •         Conducting training programs for Dance, Drama and Music
  •         Arranging exhibitions for displaying creativity in Painting, Photography etc.
  •         Conducting competitions at intra and inter-collegiate levels.
  •         Inviting experts to guide students in pursuing hobbies.
  •         Promoting students for other state and national level competitions to represent Acropolis.
  •         Conducting workshops or training sessions.
  •         Arranging outdoor tours.



SPIC MACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a voluntary non-profit movement founded in the year 1977 by dedicated academicians and students. It seeks to conserve and promote Indian culture and introduce the rich and heterogeneous cultural tapestry to the youth of this country. Through focus on the classical arts, with their attendant legends, rituals, mythology and philosophy, SPICMACAY seeks to facilitate an awareness of their deeper and subtler meaning and values. Classical Indian music and dance carry with them generations of wisdom dating back to antiquity. We hope that the beauty, grace and wisdom embodied in them will become an integral part of a student’s life and inspire them to become a better humanbeing.

Presently SPIC MACAY has more than 300 chapters in India and abroad. In the year 2012-13, over 7000 programs were organized in the country.  In order to achieve its goals, SPIC MACAY organizes lecture -demonstrations, workshops and intensives, in various educational institutes, schools, and colleges. We also conduct Baithaks, Virasat, week-long Fests, Conventions and Talks which introduce students to several young and upcoming artistes who perform along with the senior artistes. Held all over India, these programs give students an opportunity to witness insightful performances and workshops in folk and classical arts, literature, crafts, talks, theatre, cinema and yoga and more importantly, informally interact with maestros like Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor), Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia(Flute), Pt. Birju Maharaj(Kathak),  Smt. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (Hindustani Vocal), Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt(Mohan veena), Smt. Teejan Bai(Pandavani), to name a few.  We have a Gurukul Scholarship Scheme that provides opportunities to aspiring Shishyas to live for a month with ‘Gurus’ who have dedicated their life to their art forms, be it literature, religion or traditional medicine.  The rapport thus created helps the student develop a wholesome understanding of not only the art form but also the artiste as a practitioner of a certain way of life.

Student Chapter of SPIC MACAY inaugurated at Acropolis Institute
Indore, September 01, 2013: “The slower we dance, we can make use of other parts more effectively”, this was transpired by Smt. Gauri Diwakar, Kathak exponent & student of eminent Gurus like the legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj, Shri Jaikishan Maharaj, Guru Ms. Sumita Chaudhary (Jamshedpur) and Ms. Aditi Mangaldas while inaugurating Student Chapter of SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth)  as a part of the VIRASAT 2013 series being organized in Madhya Pradesh between 29 August to 03 September 2013, under the aegis of Yavnika Hobby Club, AITR at Acropolis Institute of Technology & Research, Indore.
Smt. Gauri Diwakar in her Lecture-Demonstration on Kathak started Kathak with Shiv Vandana. Then she presented three rhythms of singing, reciting and dancing in which she emphasized on 16 Matra. Ahead in the program,Kathak exponent presented Aamad in which she displayed her emotions through kathak by pure dance, dance depicting nature and explaining Lord Krishna.
Creating mesmerizing environment in the program, Smt. Gauri Diwakar danced artistically on Shish mukut kati kanchi…and won the hearts of audiences. Then, Gauri presented different postures in kathak such as pataka, suchi, ardha chandra, shikhar, sarp shrish, bhramar, trishul etc. and forced the audience to try them. Continuing the amazing dance of kathak, Gauri explained basic rhythm and tihai through ladi. Then she beautifully presented bandhish on radhe nav laya kishore…The center of attraction of the program was jugalbandi between gauri and table player, Shri Rahul Vishwakarma which received tremendous applaud from audience. Gauri also danced on the poem of Kavi Makhanlal Chaturvedi ‘Pushp ki Abhilasha…’.Gauri ended the program by taking 33 circles.
Shri Rahul Vishwakarma, Tabla player and Shri Induprakash, Classical Singer also present during the ceremony provided Tabla Accompaniment and Vocal Accompaniment.In the time ahead, the student chapter of SPIC MACAY will organize various national and international performances of well-known artists.
The welcome speech was delivered by Dr. Kamal Bharani, Principal, AITR. The occasion was also marked by the presence of Shri Ashok Sojatia (Chairman BOG, Acropolis Group), Prof. M K Dube (Vice Chairman, AITR) and Dr. M D Agrawal (Director, AITR). The program was coordinated by Prof. Jayant Bihare. The program was directed by Prof. Gaurav Chaitanya, Convener, Yavnika Hobby Club, AITR. Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Shilpa Bhalerao.