British council 70 years celebration in India
Photo caption : Alan Gemmell OBE, Director India ,British Council at the 70 inspiring years celebration at Chennai
Chennai: British Council, as part of a year-long programme to mark its 70th year in India and to thank India for 70 inspiring years, celebrated with the people of Chennai through a two-day event on 29th – 30th June that included fun and interactive activities. The Inspired by India weekend celebrated Indian talent and creativity with performances by several artists. Engaged around 1000 participants from all age groups.
The second edition of Mix The City Chennai saw people swaying to the tunes of artists performing such as Anil Srinivasan, Paul Jacob, Vivek Anand and Saroja Ganapathy, Rajhesh Vaidhya, Sumesh Narayanan and Perimelam drummers led by Samraj. A complete fun weekend, the event also saw Jazz performances by George Haddow and Maarten. There were many workshops organized as well on topics such as ceramic art and digital marketing to equip young people with skills to transform themselves and their communities.
Alan Gemmell OBE, Director India, British Council said, “We’ve been inspired by India every day of the last 70 years– by its artists, students, and its teachers. This year we want to say thank you for 70 inspiring years. We want to share the stories of the great things we’ve done together, tell new stories, and inspire millions of young people to develop connections for the next 70 years.”
The celebration saw mesmerizing performance by K. Jyothi, an accomplished artist who plays violin and keyboard and Irwin Victoria, proficient in Guitar, keyboard and percussion instruments which was followed by contemporary dance theatre performance by Aparna Nagesh of Highkicks. It is an all-girls ensemble choreographed by Aparna Nagesh and performed by High Kicks on women whose contributions have been largely ignored in history. The celebration ended with an enthralling B-Boying battle. Here, B-boys came together to hip-hop jams and battle with other b-boys to prove creativity and skills through this unique breakdancing athletic style of street dance, also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling. It was organized by Catalyst 28 led by Phani Kumar.
Mix The City is an award-winning digital platform that allows users to create and share their own unique audio-visual soundtrack of Chennai, mixing music samples performed by artists at well-known landmarks across the city. The web application invites the global audience to experience the diversity of music from individual musicians to local bands. The app aims to showcase the diversity of the country through its sound in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Northeast.
Recently, 100 Indian women were awarded British Council 70th Anniversary Scholarships to mark the organization’s 70th anniversary in India. Out of the 44 scholars from South India, 13 women scholars are from Tamil Nadu who have received this prestigious award from British Council and were honored at the celebration. Scholars will be studying subjects STEM fields including computer sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. Of the 13 scholars, 2 of them will be studying in Glasgow Caledonian University, 2 at University of Sheffield, 2 at University of Cambridge and all others will be studying either at City University London, Cranfield University, Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, University of Derby and University of Kent in the United Kingdom.