As Andre Maurois, the French Author said: “Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.”
On 5th November, one group of women - as part of non-profit platform ‘Inspiring Indian Women’ (IIW) - took these words to heart.
Supported by Indian Women in London, Chak De India group and Jammu Kashmir Festival Team – the ladies decided to use ‘art’ as a medium to create awareness towards the sufferings of children in war torn countries
Organiser Rashmi Mishra, said the group wished to ‘imbibe humane ethos and spirit’.
She said: “What can be better than music to do this? It knows no boundaries. For hope, for a world of peace and harmony together, we spread the message of peace and love through our cultural heritage from the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.”
The performers and supporters in their colourful attire brought Kings Cross’s North Ticket Gate in London to a standstill.
Curious onlookers stood by as flowers of peace were handed to them by children called Nainika Tikoo, Sheev Dhall and Jivika Dhall.
Rashmi said that the crowd ‘swayed and danced’ as the message of love and peace became loud and clear.
The other organisers - Richa Kalra, Roopa Lutzenberger , Lakshmi Kaul and Lalit Tondon – made huge efforts to ring in the message of a multi-cultural society, tolerance and brotherhood through music and dance.
The dance was choreographed by Veena Jain from Storm V Academy based in Illford and Shine Krishna from Rhythm Art and Dance Academy based in Tooting.
Other participants were Piya Shukla Sharma, Sonam Uprit, Shubham Uprit, Shah Anand, Shweta Dhall and Gurdeep Dhillon.
Mike Guy, the area manager of North Ticket had been specifically co-ordinating the dance to ensure a flawless performance.
The staff at Kings Cross North Ticket Gate supported this initiative enthusiastically. Veena Jain made sure that the passers-by joined in and made merry.
Rashmi said: “The event left an indelible impression in the minds of all those who witnessed the performance.
She added: “Commuters were delighted and were left with deep thoughts regarding war and peace. They also showed eagerness for more such awareness programmes involving more of the public. A particular British girl was seen continuously kissing the organisers and saying, thank you.”
IIW was started with the vision to reach out and inspire each other with their success stories. It not only aims to help and promote Indian culture across the globe but also provide a healthy platform for our Indian women to motivate and support others.