Empowering women and youth
In an event that focused on empowering women and youth of today, BLUES, in association with India Afghan Foundation, Andhra Pradesh, state government organised an International cultural program in New Delhi. The programme which ran for 120 days, across 15 categories, held its grand finale ceremony on April 30 in which 100 participants from all across India participated.
"A largely ignored yet a hugely important section of this society, BLUES intends to focus on how they can be empowered, so as to lead the lives of their choice. An empowered woman reduces the gender disparity and leads to equality of men and women in the society," said a spokesperson in a statement.
Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India was present as the Chief Guest on the program along with other dignitaries: R.P. Swami Secretary-General, ICCI, Prof Dr P.S.N. Rao, chairman of Delhi Urban Art Commission, Dr P.V. Ravi Ph.D Chairman of Park College of Engineering and Technology, Dr Amarendra Khatua Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Director General of ICCR, Sanjana Jon, and International fashion designer and social activist, Varija Bajaj. Vani Madhav - Odissi Exponent, Sangita Chatterjee - Kathak exponent, Sangeeta Mazumdar - Kathak Exponent, Sr Rita Mehrotra Former Principal Kamla Nehru College, Paridhi Sharma - Fashion Designer, and Shruti Shukla were also present on the occasion.
Payal Swami, President of BLUES Talent Hunt said, "BLUES focuses on women and youth empowerment as they are the pillars of today's nation. BLUES has now completed 10 years of servicing society through cultural activities and giving chance to women, kids and youth with no age and gender bars to achieve new heights. BLUES is opening its wings and has launched Payal Foundation that will work nationally and Internationally to make the women and youth independent in today's world".
Each category had winners from solo dance, group dance, duet dance, singing, Mr and Mrs Delhi 2018 and kids Modelling.
While Mrs. Delhi title went to Manju Chaudhary, followed by Mrs Amrita and Mrs Anjana, Shivanjali Group won in the duet dance category.
The programme had a unique amalgamation of Indo-Afghan dance like Attan and Qarsak Dance. Participants from Afghanistan, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi-NCR Andhra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana participated in the event.