Women’s Day with a Twist

Hi Guys…:)
So as most of you are aware, last Friday was Women’s day and Indiblogger took this opportunity to introduce its new initiative IndiChange and to launch the campaign of “Ring the Bell”. “Ring the Bell”or “Bell Bajao” was an ad campaign introduced by Breakthrough which is a global human rights organisation that uses media, pop culture, and community mobilisation to build popular support for human rights . Indiblogger joined hands with Breakthrough to shed some light on issues like domestic violence, objectification of women in the Indian society and safety of women in the country.
The evening began with ringing of the bell by James Bevan, the British High Commissioner, and the other guests, which included Rajan Anandan, the CEO of Google India; Rahul Bose, actor and activist; Indira Jaising, Addl. Solicitor General of India, Advaita Kala of Kahani fame ,and two NGO workers-Rahima Khatun and Pushpa Valmiki.
There were two panel discussion during this event. Unfortunately apart from the obvious nothing extraordinary was discussed. The only part that actually felt genuine and relevant was when the two social workers spoke. I guess working at ground level gives you a major reality check and that could be seen in the points that they raised.
The second panel discussion was even worse. The panel looked disinterested and honestly it seemed like it was conducted just for the heck of conducting it.

The highlight of the evening was definitely the reading of Vagina Monologues by Mahabano Mody Kotwal.  The raw content being narrated in her casual and neutral tone just made you sit straight and pay attention. 
Music was a big part of this event. Swarathma, a Bangalore based folk rock band entertained us with their amazing music and truly proved the fact that music has no language. This was followed by the most awaited performance of the evening- Anoushka Shankar’s live performance. Me and my Dad are big Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar fans so you can imagine my excitement.It goes without saying the performance was beautiful and flawless just like her and the audience was left mesmerised.

I did get a chance to meet a few of my blogger friend’s through the event and yes I  interacted with a lot of new people which is always a great experience but then again this meet was supposed to be about a cause which did not get the attention it deserved. Nonetheless I would definitely like to thank Indiblogger for organising the event and for the  beautiful evening.
P.S. A special thank you to Ghata for the pictures (my camera decided to not work as soon as I entered the venue) Check out her blog My World….I am sure you will be hooked 😀