Parinde: a youth campaign challenging social concerns

  • Aamir Manzoor, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Dec 19, 2013 19:40 IST

The whole city has erupted to protect human rights — whether in terms of gay laws or women’s safety — and Delhi’s young students seem to be leading the cause. In the latest initiative to spread awareness against violation of human rights, a group of mass communication students is organising an event called ‘Parinde — khwahishon ki udaan’, to express, in their own words,  “the hidden and suppressed voices of society” through theatre and dance.

The awareness campaign aims at making people conscious about their fundamental rights, and to show anger against all the atrocities we witness.

“Approximately 7,00,000 girls are killed each year in India,” says Khushboo Arora, one of the organisers.

“Every day, 2000 women are trafficked. Every 29 minutes, a woman is raped. 70% of children are being physically abused, but the complaints are never reported,” she adds.

Saurav Sharma, 24, also a co-organiser, says, “The festival, symbolising freedom, will take place over two days, combining inter-school competitions and performances of theatre and other arts woven around the harsh realities of contemporary society.”

“Dance is a form of non-verbal communication and if presented with good music, it forces the audience to be present with the performer. We hope to create that impact where the spectators feel one with the participants in their message,” he adds. The message that he refers to, is clear: “We want a crime-free Delhi, crime free India,” says Rumani Takkar, who is also part of the core group. 

Sharma sums it all up:  “Our aim is to encourage people, so that they fight for their rights. Our dreams will only come true if we fight against cruelty.”

Catch it live
What: Parinde — a campaign for human rights
When: December 20-21
Timings: 11am onwards
Where: ISKCON, East of Kailash
Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place on the Violet Line


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