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14 February, 2013

One Billion Rising: some events in India

Today is the day of One Billion Rising.

Anoushka Shankar writes:

...we will rise, dance and take a stand to end violence against women.

Below are a list of One Billion Rising events in major cities of India. If you don’t find an event in your city, you can also take action by getting more people involved in the movement. Get your friends and family to take the pledge and forward this mail to those who can attend.

Delhi: Cultural events and lighting of candles at Parliament Street from 5pm to 8 pm.

Mumbai: 5 pm to 8.30 pm at Bandra Amphitheatre - community discussions and performances along with Bollywood celebs Farhan Akhtar, Rahul Bose, Javed Akhtar and others.

Kolkata: Cultural event at Shahid Minar from 2:30pm - 4pm. Rally to College square from 4pm - 6:30 pm.

Bangalore: Painting, singing, dancing and more at Cubbon Park, Manjula Mantapa entrance (Vital Mallya Road), starting at 2:30pm.

Chennai: Rally from Marina beach, Kannagi Statue to Gandhi Statue from 10:30 am - 11:30 am; public meeting and cultural activities from 11:30 am- 2 pm. 

Hyderabad: Rally from Jalvihar near Necklace Road at 4pm. This will be followed by cultural programmes at People’s Plaza from 5.30 - 8 pm.

Lucknow: March with dupattas as message boards from Begam Hazrat Mahal park to Vidhan Sabha. 12pm - 4pm.

Cochin: Art installation by Sajitha at Durbar Hall ground. Performance by Usha Uthup and other musicians at Rajendra Maidan from 5.30 pm, Durbar Hall Ground, DH Road, Kochi.

Bhopal: Cultural performances and testimonies from women at Shah Jahani Park, 10am - 4pm. Shabana Azmi will be the chief guest and C.M. Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will also attend.

Shillong: Cultural evening 4pm - 6:30pm at Madan Iewrynghe.
Ahmedabad: Cultural evening with Mallika Sarabhai at Sports Ground, Gujarat Vidyapeeth. 5pm - 7pm.

Vadodra: Human chain from Fine Arts College, opposite Kamati Bagh from 5pm - 7pm.
Guwahati: Cultural events with bands, music and dance at Shradanjali Park, Zoo Road. 3pm - 6:30pm.
Mizoram: Cultural events with bands, music and dance at YMA hall, Chanmari, 11am - 2pm.

As part of One Billion Rising, on February 14th, 2013, we want one billion women and those who love them to walk out, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end violence against women. 

Attend any of these events and ask your friends and family to join you as well. Let’s rise together - to heal and transform ourselves and transform this world.

Anoushka Shankar

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