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August 28, 2007 > EKAL Annual Concert - The Path to Peace

EKAL Annual Concert - The Path to Peace

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is important that you do it"

Yet another exciting concert series from the EKAL Vidyalaya Foundation is on its way. To convey its message of educating India, the EKAL Movement, through its Art & Music concert series, presents this year's Annual Concert - the Path to Peace, a multimedia dance production based on Mahatma Gandhi's commitment to humanity. Through this medium of art & culture, the EKAL team educates the people about the EKAL movement, its purpose, process and progress.

Presented by Sridhar Shanmugam Dance Alliance group, this multimedia production includes artists from various nationalities. This group has given prestigious performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and various other centers in the East Coast. Sharing the stage with Pina Bausch, Suzanna Linke, and countless others, Mr Shanmugam has been an international ambassador and pilgrim for the arts. A core member of Chandralekha's groundbreaking modern dance company as well as the Cultural Centre in Chennai, he won Sangeeth Natak Akademy Award from Government of India, Time out Dance umbrella award from Great Britain, GIAI Award from Government Italy for culture and ecology.

The music for Path to Peace show is composed by Andrew Sterman, an exceptionally distinguished saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist and composer with early classical training. Pursuing his wide interests in many kinds of living music, Mr. Sterman joined the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1991, beginning an ongoing association with Philip Glass, with whom he tours around the world to wide critical acclaim and in New York at Lincoln Center. He is heavily featured on Glass's latest CD release, Philip Glass: Saxophone.

Path to Peace takes off from Gandhi's experiences based on the fact that literacy and education are the path towards peace. Gandhi's general view on education meant "drawing out the best in child's body, mind and spirit." He had envisioned that everyone and anyone belonging to free India must have the basic elementary education, so that all could read, write, and do their arithmetic. Literacy is not an end to education but a means of intellectual development, building a person of character and enabling empowerment to shape the individual as a good citizen for an overall social progression and evolution. The EKAL movement is trying to accomplish this unfinished task of Gandhi with the dedication and support of self-less volunteers under the guiding spirit of "lead us from darkness to light."

The EKAL movement is a non-governmental literacy project among the tribal, rural and less privileged Indian children through a novel system of non formal one teacher schools (popularly known as EKAL Vidyalayas) at the respective door level providing literacy, arithmetic, creativity, culture and basic health knowledge to the attendees without disturbing their usual daily routine. EKAL, besides achieving the minimum level of learning, empowers the students for it's and community's self-development. EKAL seeks the participation of local people in the creation of school, in the selection of teacher and in the adaptation of curriculum and schedule.

EKAL appeals to people across USA with the benefit of an excellent education and guidance of caring teachers to help these young children of remote villages across India to share this same academic experience, this same dream of a meaningful education. Currently, EKAL has more than 20,142 schools throughout India that provides education to 604,260 children. The EKAL Vidyalaya Foundation of USA invites you to become part of this literacy movement and requests your assistance to reach the goal of building 100,000 EKAL Schools by 2011. Your contributions will have an enormous impact on the lives of children, and your kindness will shape the fundamental path of future generations.

For more information on the EKAL Vidyalaya Foundation visit .

Path to Peace
Sunday, September 9
Registration: 4 pm; Curtain: 5:30 pm
Smith Center (Ohlone College)
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont

General seating: $ 25, $35; Preferred seating $50
(510) 490 4620 or (408) 480-7309.

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