NFCH organized “Jashn-e-Indradhanush- A Celebration of Diversity”

    The National Foundation for Communal Harmony, in collaboration with Bank of India and Sri Sathya Sai International Centre organized a music and dance concert titled “Jashn-e-Indradhanush- A Celebration of Diversity’’ on the evening of 15th July 2015 at Sri Sathya Sai Auditorium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

    The programme was graced by Amb. M K Rasgotra, Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Shri S C Panda, Member, Prasar Bharati Board, Mr Sergei Karamalito, Senior Counselor, Russian Embassy, Dr Jatinder Cheema, State President, Sri Sathya Sai International Centre (Delhi-NCR) as well as a large number of distinguished and eminent people, patrons of music and dance, artistes, government officials, heads of Institutions, representatives of various NGOs, leaders from civil society groups and others.

    In his introductory remarks Amb. Ashok Sajjanhar, Secretary of the Foundation stated that the Foundation promotes activities which highlight and strengthen the bonds of unity and affinity between different religious and other groups in the country inter alia by organizing cultural and literary activities. He explained the message of Jashn-e-Indradhanush- A Celebration of Diversity as an untiring attempt of the Foundation to disseminate the theme of communal harmony, amity, unity and brotherhood in the country. He sought cooperation and partnership of people from all walks of life in further carrying out the vision and mission of the Foundation.It was a combined thematic concert of Padma Shri Shovana Narayan and Dr Kumud Diwan, based on the music and dance of the time of Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow. Shovana ji choreographed the ballet and Dr Kumud Diwan performed in a Jugalbandi with accompanying musicians. The concert was aimed to promote communal harmony and national integration. It resonated with the 'Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb’ of our country. The compositions of music and dance in this concert depicted the rich classical and folk music traditions of India and the transition of seasons, celebration of our colourful festivals and our lives.

    Guru Shovana Narayan is an exquisite diamond of her art style, intense and passionate, elegant yet vibrant, Padma Shri Guru Shovana Narayan is among India’s most celebrated Kathak Guru and Maestro of the present age, blazing a trail in Kathak, re-defining the ethos and vocabulary of this dance form bestowing it with dignity and enriching it with a deeper and wider canvas of expression and dimensions. Dr Kumud Diwan is a well known younger generation Classical vocalist specializing in Banaras Thumri style of singing. She is a disciple of Pt Padmabhushan Channulal Mishra of Banaras. She is an ‘’A’’ grade artist of All India Radio, a senior fellow of the Ministry of Culture. Her research on Gaya style thumri is a significant work. She is also an advisor to Doordarshan.

    The compositions included thumri, dadra, bhajans, sufi sangeet etc and different forms of Kathak and delighted the packed hall with their creative compositions and renditions. Their presentations were applauded enthusiastically, spontaneously and continuously. The event was inspiring and motivating. The Foundation is confident that this initiative will contribute to getting us closer to our ideal of a peaceful, stable, secure and prosperous India.