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East Meets West 2015

East Meets West 2015

Asha hosted East Meets West, an evening of dance and music, to honour volunteers from India and around the world. The program was an amalgamation of Western and Indian culture. From Dr. Kiran’s performance of Lata Mangeshkar classics, to Irish whistling and Bhangra, the event was full of energy and fun.

Dr Kiran commenced the evening with a performance of the Indian national song, Vande Mataram, after which she melodiously sang some of Lata Mangeshkar’s (also known as the Nightingale of Bollywood) most popular hits.

Dr Kiran singing at the event, with her musicians

Dr Kiran singing at the event, with her musicians

The “East” part of the evening consisted of Asha student dance performances of Rajathani and Punjabi folk songs, an upbeat Bollywood routine and a Qawali song. Student Ambassadors, who choreographed the performances, and the performers, for many of whom this was their first time on stage, had worked extremely hard to put the event together.

Asha students, Dilip and Ajay singing Qawali

Asha students, Dilip and Ajay singing Qawali

Young girls from Zakhira slum colony performing on Rajasthani folk song

Young girls from Zakhira slum colony performing on Rajasthani folk song

Contemporary dance by students from Seelampur slum colony

Contemporary dance by students from Seelampur slum colony

Boys and girls from Peeragarhi slum colony gave an energetic Bhangra performance

Boys and girls from Peeragarhi slum colony gave an energetic Bhangra performance

The audience enjoying the performances

The audience enjoying the performances

The “West” performances were presented by volunteer teams from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The group from Ballymena Academy of County Antrim, Northern Ireland introduced us to the lovely traditional sound of the Irish Whistle, sang harmoniously as a group and danced with fierce liveliness to “Wakka Wakka.”

Ballymena Academy students performing on Wakka Wakka

Ballymena Academy students performing on Wakka Wakka

Royal School, Armagh, Northern Ireland shared a captivating rendition of Vance Joy’s song “Riptide” – a merry dance to Smash Mouth . They also presented a traditional song about the County Armagh.

A Riptide by students of The Royal School, Armagh.

A Riptide by students of The Royal School, Armagh.

St Stephen’s Church wowed the audience with a guitar and singing performance of Pharell William’s “Happy”, an astonishing gymnastic performance and a stunning solo performance of “This is Living.”

The wonderful gymnastic dance by girls of St Stephens’ Church

The wonderful gymnastic dance by girls of St Stephens’ Church

Overall, East Meets West was a wonderful success. It was very special to see the pride and talent of the Asha children. It was also exciting to observe the extraordinary artistic capacities of our volunteers. We at Asha are very grateful for the thoughtfulness, time and love our international allies share with the Asha communities and we look forward to working together with Ballymena Academy, Royal School Armagh, and St Stephens’ Church far into the future.

To see more photographs from the concert East meets West Click here

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