The borough’s Indian cultural centre, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, is collaborating with the London Chapter of Asha for Education to raise money to support underprivileged children in India. The collaboration will bring vibrant cultural spectacles to the borough, including music and dance performances, storytelling and art shows.
Asha for Education is a volunteer run global organisation, distributing £2 million annually to directly benefit over 100,000 children across all states in India. They believe primary education is the most effective means to bring about social and economic development.
This will be the first time the two organisations have collaborated. Fundraising events and celebrations will continue at the cultural centre throughout Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light, until mid November.
The series of events began on Saturday with Tarang, a colourful show highlighting the Indian arts through music and dance performance from North and South India. A total of £2605 was raised and given to Asha for Education to support their global projects.
Both Asha for Education and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan are apolitical and secular, and the event organiser from the Bhavan, Vidhya Sridhar, stressed that the venue is open to all, saying “we avoid inciting factors such as race, religion and caste”.
The Bhavan relies on funds and fees from its visitors in order to function. Although none of the profits will benefit the centre itself, dancer Prakash Yadagudde, explained that they are happy to host the series of fundraising events. She says they will help to preserve the beauty of Indian culture in the borough, from which the “sheen has disappeared in the current age”.
Local engineer and centre visitor Breedhi Singh explained she will be bringing her 8 year old daughter to more of the upcoming events to “help her to understand and appreciate the beauty of her heritage.”