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Conclusion of Tree for Harmony and celebration of World Peace Day at India Gate, Delhi

Mission Bhartiyam, A&A, FACT celebrated World Peace Day

In a bid to spread the word of peace, harmony and brotherhood and also awareness about environment, Mission Bhartiyam, A&A (Art and Architecture group) and FACT(Federal Alliances of Creative Talents) had organised a gathering of artists, photographers and musicians, today i.e. 21st September, in India Gate lawns.

The event involved competitions for painting, sketching, photography and waste material utilization techniques. The themes were environment and peace.

This event was the second gathering of A&A fans in India and had taken place simultaneously in 15 countries. It has to be organized every year to spread awareness about the twin challenges of environment and peace through art.

Prashant Nautiyal, of A&A, remarked that “Art is an effective medium to communicate information to the masses. It is attractive and appeals to anyone.” Rohit Bhardwaj added that “so we used this form to communicate about the twin challenges of environment and peace among the common masses.” 

With this event, FACT, an organisation of young artists, will display their works among the common masses. 

Rajneet Fidato, of FACT, remarked that “this will not only encourage the young talents but it will also make art more effective.”

Paramjeet Singh remarked that “we cannot move ahead without peace and social harmony”.

Harmony Tree at India Gate

With this event, Mission Bhartiyam, an India-based NGO, had also concluded its “Tree for Harmony” event. “Tree for Harmony” event involved planting trees labeled as “harmony trees” to spread the word of peace, harmony and prosperity in South Asia. “Harmony trees” also stood for communal harmony and against discrimination on grounds of caste, class, gender and religion. This event started with the “World Ozone Day” which was on 16th September and was done in schools, colleges, public places in four countries – India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. 

Aditya Dubey, of Mission Bhartiyam, said that “like trees, which grows freely and in everyone’s house, we should not discriminate against anyone and we should all grow together”. Pankaj Pathak talked about the south asian essence to the event. He remarked, “Without peace with our neighbors, we cannot work for peace and prosperity within our country”.

We had also planted a “harmony tree”. It was planted by eminent poet Kumar Anupam and Satish Mehra, who had been involved with tree plantation for 35 years.

We had organized our event in India Gate lawns because the idea was to spread the message across the common masses and to tell them, what they can do to change the world. We had also distributed pamphlets suggesting simple ways to work for a sustainable environment. Some people had also joined in the effort and participated in the art-based activities related to peace and harmony. 

M.Reza Z. Karfar, an Iranian student in Jamia Miliya Islamiya and a member of A&A concluded with the note that “without peace within our hearts, we cannot talk about world peace”.