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Renowned motivational speaker and iconic personality Sonal Mansingh launches ‘Ek Mulaqat’ initiative in London

Vidyapath (UK) and Prabha Khaitan Foundation (India) launched their new initiative Ek Mulaqat on 18th June in London. Ek Mulaqat is a non-profit organisation promoting Indian art, culture, and literature in the UK and supporting charitable causes in India. The Vidyapath’s mission is to build an established platform to promote South Asian art and its proponents in the UK for the benefit of a collection of small and medium charities in India. Their aim is to draw together a dedicated community of cultural enthusiasts through a series of curated events.

Vidyapath’s earliest event was a book launch of Dr. Shashi Tharoor’s “Inglorious Empire”. A nascent organisation, they produced a kathak dance show for International women’s day and a talk show promoting an upcoming Hindi writer, Pratishtha Singh. All events have been very well-received and now Ek Mulaqat, the new initiate, has been adopted by Vidyapath, which is formed by diverse yet like-minded individuals from different backgrounds, but tied up with a common influence of art and culture.

Launching the Ek Mulaqat, Dr. Sonal Mansingh, a Padma Vibhushan recipient and an iconic cultural personality, guru, choreographer, social activist, researcher and motivational speaker had a conversation with well-known writer, director and film maker Sangeeta Datta, best known for her critically acclaimed film, Life goes on. The event last week accommodated renowned guests and public figures like Sharmila Tagore, Javed Akhtar, Ashish Vidyarthi, Sukanya Shankar, wife of late Pandit Ravi Shankar, Dr. Padmesh Gupta, author and director at Oxford Business College, journalist Salil Tripathi, just to name a few.

Prabha Khaitan Foundation who organises these conversations on individual perspectives and understanding was founded by late Dr. Prabha Khaitan. It is a non-profit trust based out of Kolkata, West Bengal, India, it seeks to address the challenges of society through meaningful participation and collaborations with caregivers, committed individuals and institutions to implement various cultural, educational and social welfare projects in India.

Dr. Sonal Mansingh enlightened Londoners with her well-versed knowledge of the rich cultural heritage of India. Her message on the importance of an understanding of Vedas, poetries and their values in today’s age of internet and ‘Acharya’ Google as she calls it, was really touching. She spoke about the various Indian classical dance forms and its roots in the vibrant folk dances of the country. Reflecting in her choreographic work like Draupadi, she emphasised that the role and place of women in the society remain the same important anywhere in the world.

Following its success, Vidyapath is committed to bring more such inspiring events to the UK and keep the rich culture and art of India alive in the hearts of people.  All in all, a wonderful experience for the audience – we are looking forward to another Ek Mulaqat (Hindi: “one meeting”).

For more information, visit www.vidyapath.com

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