A special cultural evening was held on 6th August 2023 at the BSG Headquarters, New Delhi. Nearly 3500 Guests and BSG members attended the event both offline and online. In addition to the BSG members and their guests, the audience also included guests like the Ambassador from Rwanda, Her Excellency Ms. Jacqueline Mukangira and many other prominent educators, artists, corporate officials, etc.
The event commenced with a special dance performance by 9 performers from the BSG Arts Division. Titled ‘Manthan: A joyful confluence’, the performance brought together four ancient and distinctive dance forms: Mohiniattam, Odissi, Bharatnatyam and Kathak. The performance depicted how by living true to one’s unique selves, people can still come together, motivated by the grand vision of leading a triumphant life.
This was followed by a glorious dance presentation by Prasiddha Foundation titled ‘Warrior Women of Bharat’.
The presentation celebrated the lives of heroic women from across India, who, driven by patriotism and love for their motherland, had taken up arms and fought against British imperialism. The performers comprised of Padma Shri awardee Prathibha Prahlad, Padma Shri awardee Shovana Narayan, Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Anita Ratnam, Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Alekhya Punjala, Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Gopika Varma, Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Sharodi Saikia and Guru Jyoti Shrivastav.
BSG Chairperson, Mr. Vishesh Gupta said “This evening is a celebration of culture, heritage, and friendship. We, in Bharat Soka Gakkai, stand united in our commitment to preserving and propagating the treasures of Indian wisdom and Indian history.”
Speaking about the concept of ‘Warrior Women of Bharat’, Padma Shri Ms. Prathibha Prahlad said “Whenever there’s talk of freedom and independence, we think of only men as freedom fighters. Nobody ever thinks about women. So we said we owe it to all the women of the world, particularly India.”
A glimpse of the event can be seen below.