Co-Founders of Chaiti Arts Foundation – Madhumita Bhuyan received the prestigious “She the Change-Nari Udyami 2019” award, honoring the role of women in promoting Indian art and culture in a foreign land. The award was presented by the Governor of Uttarakhand – Smt. Baby Rani Maurya during the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention at Varanasi.
Every year Ministry of Culture, Government of India, B&S (Beti and Shiksha) Foundation and Gandhi Smriti Darshan Samiti, confer the award to celebrate womanhood. The award is presented to such Indian diaspora-Women of Substance for achieving great heights in their respective fields, who have brought pride to the nation. An esteemed jury consisting of educationalist, representative from developmental sector, entrepreneurs, lawyers, philanthropist, and others made a selection of awardees from all over the world.
Through their work with Chaiti, Madhumita Bhuyan and chaiti team have created a platform to promote Indian art and culture in China, particularly the performing arts. Chaiti has had the unique distinction of hosting concerts in China, which focuses exclusively on Indian classical music and dance. During the concert tours, Chaiti also collaborates with renowned Chinese cultural art institute’s to hold workshops for their faculty and students.
Initiated in 2013, Chaiti, features as an important event in China’s music calendar. Eminent and internationally recognized artists from India have performed at the event. The festival has seen the legends of Indian music and dance including Ustaad Shujaat Khan, Niladri Kumar, Vijay Ghate, Amaan Ali, Ayaan Ali, Vyjyanthi Kashi and Prateeksha Kashi perform at the event. This year, the festival will host Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash in the month of June. Held in multiple cities the festival has attracted thousands of people to the concerts.
In a statement chaiti Arts Foundation expressed their gratitude towards government of India. They wished that the cultural exchange between the two countries will bring people together and help to expand the reach of Indian performing arts in the world.
Chaiti is supported in its endeavour by Embassy of India, Consulate General of India in Shanghai, and in Guangzhou, ICCR, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and many corporate houses.
Consul General of India at Shanghai, Anil Rai conveyed his congratulations to the awardees as well as to Chaiti Art Foundation for this prestigious award. Appreciating the selfless efforts put in by Chaiti, in promoting Indian classical art forms in China, he noted that it was a well-deserved recognition which would provide further motivation to Chaiti in its endeavours.
Congratulating Chaiti Arts foundation, Madhav Sharma, Chief Representative and Head Greater China, CII said that Chaiti has contributed positively towards people to people contact by connecting people, connecting minds, connecting hearts, through the profound language of music and performing arts.
Sitar maestro Niladri Kumar who performed at Chaiti two years back said – “Chaiti , the organisation of like-minded music loving Indians living in Shanghai and elsewhere have been instrumental in promoting and propagating Indian Music and arts in the critically important neighbouring country China. Their efforts are commendable at various levels of achievements and I hope they go from strength to strength in their efforts and their vision of having a communication and conversation where words fail but music enliven it. My best wishes to them.”