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Chicago Consul General presides over Women's Day

March 24, 2017 10:02 PM

Fairies tell the Queen: India Women’re Empowered! Step Back.

by Jatinder Singh Bedi

CHICAGO - At Chicago-based Mandi Theatre Group’s International Women Day celebrations, Indian Consul General Neeta Bhushan stated that India’s “culture and value-system does give equal right to the women and the girls.” Driving home Prime Minister Modi’s Beti Padao – Beti Bachao program Neeta Bhushan stated that “there must be at least one girl in each household.”

     

      Neeta Bhushan specially applauded a group of ten small girls who presented an awesome fashion show-cum-dance. Dressed as India’s accomplished-professionals from diverse walks of life, these girls presented a thumping statement of Women Empowerment in India. Their innocent fashion show was a subtle rejection of the feudal message that their elderly counterparts attempted to communicate through their boisterous mono acts. These mono acts depicted vestigial social vices that have plagued pre-Independence tribal India.

      She was addressing a gathering of senior citizens, before whom the Mandi Theatre Group was putting up thematic mono act performances to mark the occasion. Mandi Theatre Group is a nascent collective of local drama-enthusiasts who also, for past 2 years, have attempted to put together thematics from Indian literature for the Chicago audience. This was the groups’ maiden venture into International Women’s Day. Presiding over the function, Neeta Bhushan stated that the Indian Society is fast transforming, and if the ongoing pro-women initiatives continue unabated, we will progress quite a lot.

      Neeta Bhushan complimented Alka Sharma, the Director of Mandi Theatre Group, for compiling a “heart touching” series of mono-acts that ladies from within local community enacted at the celebrations. Neeta Bhushan described the stories “an accurate reminder of our society and childhood.” Taken from our daily life, the stories are very appropriate on the occasion of the women’s day. ..and have a great relevance to our society, she added.

      Neeta Bhushan specially applauded a group of ten small girls who presented an awesome fashion show-cum-dance. Dressed as India’s accomplished-professionals from diverse walks of life, these girls presented a thumping statement of Women Empowerment in India. Their innocent fashion show was a subtle rejection of the feudal message that their elderly counterparts attempted to communicate through their boisterous mono acts. These mono acts depicted vestigial social vices that have plagued pre-Independence tribal India.

      Later, Alka Sharma opined, “We brought to light current issues like acid-attack, child-trafficking, witch-hunting, widows-rights, sex-workers and transgender, gender-equality, domestic-expectations and the outdated rituals like Manjal Neerattu Vizha. This was our humble attempt to keep the movement going on, and give empowerment a push through the women-of-tomorrow in the fashion parade.”

      Neeta Bhushan complemented Alka Sharma for having gathered so many good artists over a common stage. “[The] new generation has been accommodated into the culture,” she quipped.

      It was for the first time that Mandi Theatre Group celebrated the International Women Day. An exhibition of paintings and artifacts by local women was also inaugurated. Everyone enjoyed local women artists’ art exhibition, Alka Sharma feels.

      The gathering took place at the industrial sheds of Carol Stream, a suburb of Chicago. Here a group of senior citizens, mostly of Gujrat origin, meet as Bharatiya Senior Citizens of Chicago. Their chairperson Parashotam Pandey presented floral greetings to Neeta Bhushan. Parashotam Pandey took the opportunity to apprise Neeta Bhushan as to how his group facilitated the processing of a bulk of past-due ‘India Citizenship Renunciation’ cases. Anand Gupta was the Master of Ceremony at the function.

      PARTICIPANTS: Abha Dey, Ritu Ahuja, Madhu Arya, Alka Sharma, Abhilasha Pandey, Arnab Sarkar, Sonali Pednekar, Sonal Shah, Tara Swaminathan, Sulogana Chakrabarty, Diptasha, Jiya, Laavanya, Sharvaani, Ayesha, Annika, Suhani S, Suhani N, Saachi, Shaivi.

      VIDEOS:

1)    Fashion Show-cun-Dance: https://www.facebook.com/543512359016757/videos/1473976035970380/

2)    Sonal Shah, a mono act: https://www.facebook.com/543512359016757/videos/1477417015626282/

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