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Artists raise awarness to save the tiger

IANS  New Delhi, March 06, 2012
First Published: 12:20 IST(6/3/2012) | Last Updated: 12:49 IST(6/3/2012)

Eminent artists, including Anjolie Ela Menon, have joined together to raise awareness on the need for conservation of the tiger in India. As part of the project, theatre performances will be held in London and Warsaw to tell the story of the endangered big cat.

The project, 'I am the tiger' uses dance, music and poetry to tell the story of a tiger, Taqdeer, and the fight for survival against hunters.

In India, the number of tigers has dwindled to just 1,700 from about 100,000 a century ago.

"The team of performers will be travelling to London and Warsaw where theatre performances will be held at various prestigious centres. Art work done by children will be displayed at the Nehru Centre in London," said Shivani Wazir Pasrich, whose production team will be travelling to London for the performance.

"It is a collective effort to bring two aspects of life together - endangered species like tigers and feminine energy (motherhood)," Wazir told reporters at an event.

The project, in collaboration with Taj group of hotels, brings together support of artist Anjolie Ela Menon, tiger conservationist Latika Nath Rana, Sunanina Anand of art live gallery, and composer and singer Arianne Gray Hubert among others. The team was flagged off by Wazir here.

"It explores the role of tiger in our lives and the need to preserve this proud species," Wazir added.

The performance pieces together the story of Taqdeer who is raised in a forest and how the tiger's family falls to the clutches of hunters and battles for existence with villagers.

"Our effort is not to let the tigers die and contribute towards it. We are going for an awareness programme by creating paintings and pictures by school students," said Aparajita Gogoi, member of the project and national coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.

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