World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, an important United Nations observance Day, was marked at the House of Lords of British Parliament recently, during which a range of rare folk and classical dances of India were showcased, besides Nepalese folk dance. Organised by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence under the aegis of Baroness Sandip Verma, former Under Secretary of International Development, the event highlighted the positive role of performing arts in enhancing mutual respect, cooperation, and development.
Impactful inputs by Ambassador Joakim K Kamere- Deputy High Commissioner, Kenya High Commission, Mrs Roshan Khanal- DCM/Counsellor, Embassy of Nepal, Dr Phil. Sahidi Bilan, Cllr. Sharad Jha and Chanukya Rajagopala on the role of cultural and linguistic diversity adorned the content-rich evening. Diplomats Ms Fathika Fayaz from the High Commission of the Maldives and Ms Thivanka Athuraliya from the High Commission of Sri Lanka were in attendance. Classical dances Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam, rarely seen Garo (Meghalaya), Miji (Arunachal Pradesh), Siddi & Hejje Kunita (Karnataka) Shondol (Ladakh), and the oldest Nepalese dance Maruni have all enhanced the cultural awareness of attendees.
Sanskruti Centre has been lauded for the unique initiative as such events are key to facilitating the exchange of ideas, information, art, language and other aspects of culture among nations and their peoples.