Excellent speeches and vibrant showcase of dance forms from South Asian countries of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh were part of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrations on 21st May 2018.
Hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Verma, and organised by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence, the event saw some finest performances, some of which were presented in the UK for the first time.
Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of Nepal Mr Sharad Raj Aran, Deputy Ambassador of Maldives Mr Hassan Shifau, Third Secretary of High Commission of Sri Lanka Mr Vithurson Vincendrarajan, Coordination Minister at Indian High Commission Mr A.S. Rajan, Baroness Verma, Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Seema Malhotra MP, inventor Umesh Perera, senior Indian politician Mr Vijay Jolly have all spoken on the occasion, underpinning different aspects and importance of cultural diversity for a more harmonious and success world.
Pratibha Nakshatra’s Nepalese dance by Anisha Gurung, Neetha Rohini dance group’s Sri Lankan dance by Suvini Nilagarathna, Niduki Botheju and Ruwani Narangoda, Pahadi dance by renowned British Bangladeshi dancer Showmi Das, spiritual finale by accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer Deepa Ganesh, Sur Bharti group’s Mathuri dance of Telangana by Suvarchala Madireddy, Prasanthi Aripirala, Rashmi Lakhapate and Sinjini Chakraborty, Kathputli (Puppet dance) of Rajasthan by Shine Krishna and Natti dance of Himachal Pradesh by British Himachali Association were all mesmerising and the series was kick-started with a captivating classical dance performance by Ragasudha Vinjamuri depicting unity in diversity.
Giving feedback about the program, Harendra Singh Jodha, a member of the audience said: “The event was very well organised. Like a rainbow, it was full of colours. A mixture of various civilisations and cultures showcased represented the diversity on our planet, revealing the truth “Ekam Sat Vipra Bahu Vadanti – Unity in Diversity. Guest speakers, MPs and Diplomats have all spoken very well”.
The event was conceived and coordinated by Mrs. Ragasudha Vinjamuri, who tells Weekly Tribune correspondent: “Marking such events improves a sense of cultural inclusion, enhances our understanding and respect for different ethnicities and leads to harmonious co-existence while we appreciate our different art forms and linguistic diversity. I am glad to have achieved this milestone.”