NFCH organized “Roohdari- Mystic Notes & Dancing Toes” on 25th June 2015
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony, in collaboration with the UPASS Foundation organized a music and dance concert titled “Roohdari-Mystic Notes & Dancing Toes’’’ on the evening of 25th June 2015 at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The programme was graced by Ambassador Shashi Tripathi, Former Senior Diplomat and Chairperson Union Public Service Commission, Dr Jatinder Cheema, State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization, Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan 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 Roohdari 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.
The concert was presented by Sufi singer Rashmi Agarwal and Kathak dancer Vidha Lal. They celebrated the mystic poetry of Sufi and Bhakti poets of medieval and modern times, who propagated One Religion, One Faith, and Love to spread the message of communal harmony & national integration.
Rashmi Agarwal is a renowned Sufi, Bhakti and Ghazal singer and one of the empanelled artistes with ICCR. She will sing compositions based on Dadra, Thumri, Sufi Bhakti music etc. She has performed at various national and international events and festivals. Vidha Lal is a renowned and reputed Kathak exponent. She is a disciple of renowned Guru Smt.Geetanjali Lal of Jaipur Gharana. She is also an empanelled artist with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and ‘A’ grade artist from Delhi Doordarshan. Vidha has earned great acclaim in the media and from connoisseurs for her brilliant solo performances in India and abroad.
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.