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Evening Extravaganza at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, 2004

Directed by noted filmmaker & fashion designer Muzaffar Ali, 'Shringar', an hour-long film and stage presentation on the beauty of adornment, will be held at the Indira Gandhi stadium on January 10, 2004. This unique extravaganza will comprise of multi-media dance drama, poetry and fashion show, blending with each other and bringing about a distinctive experience of Indian artistic creativity.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2003 16:41 IST
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India is a land of cultural diversity stretching back in an unbroken sweep over 5000 years & enriched by successive waves of migration, which were absorbed into the Indian way of life. It is this variety which is a special hallmark of India that will be presented to the delegates viewing 'Shringar', an evening of entertainment specially conceptualized for the Diaspora delegates. 'Shringar' is the story of adornment through ages depicting the Indian tradition of fashion as it has evolved over the last 2500 years.

Directed by noted filmmaker & fashion designer Muzaffar Ali, 'Shringar', an hour-long film and stage presentation on the beauty of adornment, will be held at the Indira Gandhi stadium on January 10, 2004. This unique extravaganza will comprise of multi-media dance drama, poetry and fashion show, blending with each other and bringing about a distinctive experience of Indian artistic creativity, and expressing the subtleties of the many shades of Shringar.

Noor Jahan, the "Light of the World", a woman who loved to make herself beautiful reveals the history of adornment in India through the seasons, through the sensuality of the human form and devotion to the divine. She will present herself as the Nayika, the heroine in her different moods. Played by Shobna, National Award winner and India's foremost Bharat Natyam dancer both on film as well on stage, Nayika will perform the dance form of "Spring".

"Winter" choreographed by Radha and Raja Reddy, will be depicted through a Kuchipudi dance performance by Yamini & Bhanvna Reddy. A Manipuri dance recital by Charu & Singhajeet, and a Kathak performance by Manjari Chaturvedi will depict the other two seasons.

Flowing with time and seasons, Shringar is then introduced in the modern era through a dance performance by Ashley Lobo and his troupe, followed by a Ballet by the Samudra Group of Kerala and culminating with two fashion shows, all depicting the creation of Shringar. India's foremost models will walk the ramp in creations, designed by Meera and Muzaffar Ali, Rohit Bal and Ritu Kumar.


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2004 is being jointly organized by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) from January 9-11, 2004. The three-day event will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and followed by the presentation of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2004.

A plenary session with the Minister of External Affairs will provide a dialogue on policies for productive engagement, reviewing decisions taken during the first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and work towards a blue print for the future. The Leader of the Opposition will speak on the emerging world order and the Indian Diaspora.

Minister of Finance, Jaswant Singh will address the audience on Globalisation, Indian Economy and the Diaspora while L K Advani, Deputy Prime Minister will articulate his long-term vision for the Diaspora.

Like last year the organizers expect about 2000 NRIs/PIOs from over 70 countries across the world to congregate in New Delhi during January 9-11, 2004. Many Prominent members of Indian Diaspora have confirmed their presence for this event like Dato' Seri S Samy Vellu - Malaysia, V S Naipaul - Trinidad and Tobago, Prof Jagdish Bhagwati - USA, Ram Buxani - UAE, P Mohamed Ali - Oman, Mike Patel - USA, Prof C K Prahalad - USA, Ms Indra K Nooyi - USA, Rohan Kanhai - UK, L N Mittal - UK, Gulam K Noon - UK, Neville Roach - Australia, Manu Chandaria - Kenya, Narend Singh-South Africa, Mukesh Ambani- India, Sunil Bharti Mittal- India, Mohan Jashanmal-UAE etc..

January 9 each year has been chosen as the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas both in India and abroad as it was on this date in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi finally returned to India after almost two decades in South Africa. The recommendation of celebration of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas had been made to recognise the contribution of the Indian Diaspora in the political, economic, social, academic and cultural fields.

First Published: Dec 19, 2003 16:41 IST