Vishwa Jyoti Communications, Varanasi, organized a walk-for-peace and a cultural feat in various cities and villages of Bihar, central India from 18 to 21 November 2022.
The program was named "Virasat ke Bol,” meaning “Vibes of Legacy of Fraternity.”
This was an initiative by Father Anand IMS, who heads Vishwa Jyoti Communications, with his theatre troupe Prerna Kala Manch as well as other cultural activists for peace and harmony from Mumbai, Kolkata, Allahabad, Bhagalpur and Ranchi.
Father Anand is a member of the Indian Missionary Society.
The organizations walked for peace and visited several schools and performed stage dramas, street plays, folk songs, and dances to instil values that promote human dignity in young minds.
A team of eight artistes from Vishwa Jyoti Communications travelled with its director Fr Anand Mathew IMS to Bhagalpur in Bihar performing Street plays on value education in three schools.
The street dramas were on themes of communal harmony, environmental protection, protection of natural resources from pollution, elimination of hunger by sharing, women's dignity etc. Every performance was followed by a discussion animated by Father Anand.
On November 19, the team performed a powerful and highly artistic stage drama Amaanat on communal harmony in Kala Kendra, a cultural centre in the middle of Bhagalpur town. Around 200 people from different walks of life watched the play and appreciated it for its aesthetic flavour and the powerful message of peace and harmony.
On 20th November the team performed street plays and sang songs appealing for peace and harmony at the Bhagalpur railway station.
On the same evening, they travelled to Ghoga, a large village two hours’ journey away from Bhagalpur and joined peace activists from different parts of the country to give the message of fraternity, equality and unity in diversity through their stage dramas.
Cultural activists from Mumbai, Kolkata, Ranchi, Allahabad and Delhi also joined Prerna Kala Manch in this unique initiative. Centre for Studies in Society and Secularism based in Mumbai along with Paridhi Peace Centre, Bhagalpur coordinated these programmes.
“This way of promoting peace is well-accepted in social media.” Fr. Norbert SVD, Vice President of SIGNIS India, in his social media post, congratulated and thanked the organizers for bringing awareness and conscientizing people through art forms in Uttar Pradesh.
M.D Vincent, an active Catholic member from Telangana, tweeted, “Excellent, unmatchable work Father Anand and team Keep up your good services.”
Vishwa Jyoti Communications was founded in 1991 in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, as a centre for Media, art and culture which is committed to the promotion of human rights, primary education, communal harmony, community building, and development through low-cost media.
Prerna Kala Manch, the theatrical wing of Vishwa Jyoti communications, has been taking special initiatives for spreading the message of peace, harmony, love and interfaith collaboration during the past 28 years.
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