Routes 2 Roots Organizes Two Groundbreaking Events
Routes 2 Roots, a WANGO NGO member, endeavors to bring together people, cultures and values across SAARC countries (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), and in particular India and Pakistan. R2R plans, organizes, and executes events that play a vital role in generating harmony. In October and November of this year, two stellar events, the first of their kind, were organized to advance India-Pakistan harmony.
Mega Cultural Evening
H’ble President of India Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting memento to
Pakistan Qawwal Group Mohd Zaman Zaki Taji
To further its objectives of people to people contact among neighboring countries, Routes 2 Roots organized a mega cultural evening in New Delhi on October 30, 2008 in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and India Women Press Corp (IWPC). It was held at the prestigious Siri Fort Auditorium.
Sufi Music has been a tradition of Undivided India, where it has been sung mostly in Mosques as prayers to the almighty and to seek blessings from Allah (God). Routes 2 Roots invited Muhammad Zaman Zaki Taji Qawwal group from Pakistan whose family has been involved in this sufiyana music for 750 years and are the descendents of Sikandaranbad Gharana. From the Indian side, Routes 2 Roots had the all female qawwals Ms. Chanchal Bharti with her women group. This was first of its kind especially in Sufiyana music where both the groups of India and Pakistan were to perform together as competition and was a new experiment in which they undertook willingly in a spirit of healthy challenges.
The Honorable President of India Smt. Pratibha DeviSingh Patil was the main guest as well as distinguished guests from the diplomatic core and thousands from the general public. The entire show was non -ticketed. The media electronic as well as print covered this event extensively.
Cultural Evening for India
and Pakistan Business Delegates
Contemporary Dance performance by Anamika Singh
Pakistan Delegation enjoying the Dance performance
On November 12, 2008, Routes 2 Roots organized a cultural evening for India and Pakistan delegates.
A high-level business delegation from Pakistan for the first time was visiting India on the invitation of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), which is the apex business federation of India in existence from over 100 years. Among the busy schedule of business meetings aimed at finding ways and means of increasing bilateral trade relations between the two countries, Routes 2 Roots organized a cultural evening for the business delegates at the FICCI auditorium. The entire show, which was followed by dinner, was non-ticketed and primarily aimed to enhance people to people contacts among the two neighboring countries where the animosities are the greatest in the sub- continent.
The result of our effort were overwhelming wherein the entire group was mesmerized by the excellent performance of the Indian Artists so much so that the entire delegation group requested for the CDs of the show to take back with them to share with their families and friends. The goals of Routes 2 Roots got a great boost whereby their motive of peace and harmony was achieved by the delegation taking back with them the warmth of the Indian people and as captains of the industry in Pakistan spread this message that, though India and Pakistan are two countries, we share the same culture and taste and can peacefully coexist.