The world is going through the COVID-19 pandemic for the past few months and in India too a nationwide lockdown was announced to contain the spread of disease. During the several phases of the lock down, the front line COVID-19 warriors did yeoman service so that others wouldn’t face any problems.
Urvashi Dance Music Art and Culture Society and Aamad Dance Centre have made a video ‘Ek Umeed’ Hope as a tribute to all corona warriors from the eminent artists globally. Recently, they launched the video through a virtual medium. Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and President of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) has extended their support for the Video.
The video ‘Ek Umeed’ is conceptualized by Dr Rekha Mehra and Guru Rani Khanam and written by Ashok Jamnani, Voice over by Pallavi Bharati and music is by Shiv Shankar Ray. It is aimed at honoring and appreciating the stellar contribution of the frontline warriors of COVID-19 such as healthcare workers, the armed forces, police, drivers, delivery personnel, essential service personnel, and many others who have made tremendous sacrifices to serve the nation during this on-going pandemic. Many senior classical dance gurus and eminent artists from a different genre of cultural dance like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Mohiniattam to name a few, have come together to show their love and support for the warriors. The line-up of artists includes Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, Padma Bhushan Dr. Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, Padma Bhushan Dr Uma Sharma, SNA Awardee Geetanjali Lal, SNA Awardee Vidushi Saswati Sen, Padamshree Ranjana Gauhar, Vidushi Vaswati Misra, Guru Rani Khanam, Dr. Rekha Mehra, Nalini and Kamalini Asthana, Padamshree Bharti Shivaji, SNA Awardee Smt. Manjusree Chatterjee, Kavita Dwibedi, Jayshree Acharya, Abhay Mishra and Kakoli Mishra, Mangala Bhatt and Shri Raghav Raj Bhatt, Rita Mustaphi, Madhusmita Bora and Nishi Singh. The entire video with multimedia projection is edited by Sandeep Salaria.
Wishing the team of ‘Ek Umeed’, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President ICCR, Member of Parliament, said: “The video where worshipper of classical dance Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj Ji is there along with various renowned senior dance gurus and artists, I would like to congratulate the team for coming together for this great initiative. I would also like to wish Dr Rekha Mehra Ji and Guru Rani Khanam Ji for conceptualizing this video.”
Shyam Jaju, National Vice President, BJP, said: “The entire nation is going through this pandemic, it is the need of the hour to provide strength and hope to the society. Dr Rekha Mehra and Guru Rani Khanam who has conceptualized this video with Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj and other eminent artists will surely take a wave of oath to fight this pandemic together and increase their hope. I would recommend everyone to watch this video.”
Satish Upadhyay, Ex-President, BJP, Delhi said: “The entire world and India is going through an infectious time where everyone is fighting with the pandemic in the wake of COVID-19. In such a time a video like ’Ek Umeed’ where all the Padma Vibhushan artists like Pt. Birju Maharaj, Dr Saroja Vaidyanathan, Vidushi Uma Sharma, Padmashree Ranjana Gauhar and other senior and eminent dance gurus have tried to create hope for all the frontline Covid-19 warriors through their expressions and dance moves. I wish the entire team of ‘Ek Umeed’ for such a great initiative.”