There is strength in diversity and inclusiveness in our local and global communities
Ten Years ago, in 2002 Jains from across the globe came under one roof to celebrate the great joy of opening of the Jain community centre in Manchester.
The Jain centre was a dream of promoting "Ahimsa"and preserving our culture for the future generations.
Ten years later to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Jain community centre, The Executive committee and the Trustees decided to dedicate the year 2013 to Two charities, which were nominated by the members. St. Ann’s hospice and National Kidney Federation were their choice. All the funds raised during the year will be equally shared between the two charities.
The Third event was "Cultural Fusion” which was held on 22nd June 2013.
Cultural Fusion was an attempt to break down the barriers between cultures for the good of the community, by working together toward a common goal of strengthening Manchester Jain Samaj’s cultural offerings and developing cultural ties in the community.
The multicultural evening attracted more than 300 people from different organizations and was more than anything, a celebration of cultures where hundreds of people coming together to nibble on home made Indian meal and enjoying all the performances from a Scottish Bag piper to Irish dances. The committee managed to collect more than £2000 for our nominated charities. As part of the fun the attendees were requested to wear traditional clothing, which made the event more colorful.
The feedback received from one of the 90-year-old member was "I think its really good for our community...... to see different cultures coming together and celebrating with them. Such activities help to promote a common sense of brotherhood among the various segments of religion and cultures.
The event featured more than 20 items. The forty choir singers showcased songs from different religions and cultures. The performance from students of Ballet dance school was magical.
Middle schoolers from “Vedic organization for Indian Culture and Education performed the Indian Kathak Dance and the Punjabi folk dances.
A group of ladies from the Jain community performed a traditional folklore from Gujarat called garba.
Cheers went up from the crowd as contemporary and street dancers from the "RIRI ACADEMY" walked across the stage.
The event also featured various dances from the "Gwyneth Hare School of dance "and "Claddagh association of Irish dance".
The highlight of the evening was a presentation of Mixed Bollywood dances performed by "RIRI ACADEMY"
Getting the cooperation and participation of many organizations, along with support from members of Jain Community, was key to the event’s success. Most of the performances were given without any charges due to the proceeds going to charities.
Cultural Fusion came to a close with a Raffle draw.
Pls see below words of praise.
- Dear All at the Jain Community,
I had the great pleasure of being part of your wonderful celebrations on Saturday as a member of the Sacred Sounds women’s choir. I just would like to say a huge thank you for the uplifting experience and the warmth and fellowship of all your members. I felt so at home and although this was a first time experience for me I am left with a thirst to find out more about your religion.
Very many thanks for such a memorable evening
With many best wishes
We really enjoyed the evening; it was a great event with lots of very talented dancers.
Thank you again for inviting us to be part of it.
Love Christine (Irish group of dancers
- I am impressed by the creativity, energy and time that had gone into making this event successful,” says Secretary Of Jain Samaj - Mr Dushyant Mehta
Compiled by Social Committee.