“UBUNTU – I AM BECAUSE WE ARE”, a nuanced and witty book authored by Dr Shilpa Aroskar, had its first pan-India social launch and the book has won praises from none other than Vidya Balan.
“UBUNTU – I AM BECAUSE WE ARE: Parables of the United Human Spirit” is a compilation of untold real stories of people from different spheres of life, their daily struggle during the pandemic , their resilence and optimism narrated by the author in her trademark wit with humor making one ponder and wonder how did I miss seeing all these.
The author of bestseller YOLO published by Leadstart again, Shilpa Aroskar is a frontline warrior herself, and shares her own experience during trying times and narrates a whole kaleidoscopic human tales about finding love, getting married, virtual wedding, surviving boredom, E schools. She unmask human behaviour and myriads of emotions that gives one a new perspective to life and people.
Talking about the book, Vidya Balan said, “It’s yet another perfect prescription by the pediatrician author; a right dose of wit and wisdom, hope and humor, in these trying times”
“Shilpa’s team approached me for the book launch and I wanted to read it before saying yes. She was kind enough to send me one copy and I just couldn’t close the book before finishing it. I was hooked, the stories are so well weaved and wrapped in despair and hope, being fierce and vulnerable simultaneously. It makes you laugh and cry at same time. It is a must read book and everyone should have it on their book shelf” added Vidya.
Talking about the book, Shilpa said, “I am honoured with the generous words of Vidya, she is kind as always. The word Ubuntu, it is an Zulu origin word, African philosophy meaning a spirit of common humanity, which many of us have experienced during pandemic. During social distancing we all yearned social contact and freedom to breathe and get back to normal. When the suffering was at its peak during the pandemic it was generosity and kindness that helped us survive the storm. I just needed to tell everyone the stories that I’d witnessed about hope, dreams, pain, love and survival , rebuilding, reforming and unlocking small joys through a witty and humorous prospective. What really moved was the sense of greater good during the hard times for in the end the human spirit triumphs.
Malini Nair, Executive Director and Head of Publishing at Leadstart said, “We at Leadstart are proud to publish Ubuntu, a captivating collection of experiences and untold stories; shades of human emotions coming from all walks of life during the pandemic.”
The book is available in paperback at all the leading stores and online portals.
The Global Delphic Movement gains momentum in Maharashtra with the launch of the official logo of the Delphic Council of Maharashtra at the Raj Bhawan
Hon’ble Governor Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari unveiled the logo in the presence of Classical Dance Exponent, Actress & Hon’able Member Parliament Smt. Hema Malini
and the State and National officials of the
Maharashtra & Indian Delphic Councils.
The Delphic Games were born in ancient Greece 2500 years ago as the twin-sister of the Olympic Games. They are to Arts & Cultures what Olympic Games are to physical sports. In the past, India has participated in 3 editions of the Delphic Games in various countries and bagged gold and silver medals in South Korea and Malaysia.
Mumbai, August 23, 2021: Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra unveiled the official logo of Delphic Council of Maharashtra today in the premises of Raj Bhawan. With the unveiling of the logo, the time has been recorded in the pages of history when the governor of a state has witnessed and launched a program of the Delphic Movement. Shri Sahil Seth IRS, President of the Delphic Council of Maharashtra presented a memento to the Hon’ble Governor Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
The Logo and identity of the Delphic Council of Maharashtra symbolises “WATER” as metaphor of Peace through the arts, as exemplified by the Delphic Games from the ancient times.
The International Delphic Movement is a non-government, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian, non-religious organisation. It is the only such platform in the world to nurture and promote Arts and Cultures as a means to peace and harmony amongst peoples and races.
The classical dance exponent, actress and Hon’ble Member Parliament, Smt. Hema Malini, actor and Chairperson of the National School of Drama, Shri Paresh Rawal attended the unveiling ceremony as the Guest of Honour and Special Guest respectively. Renowned Industrialist Shri Yash Birla, actress Shree Bhagya Shree and other eminent personalities including Salim – Sulaiman, Shreyas Talpade, Ganesh Acharya, Hafeez Contractor, Bosco-Caesar, Tejaswini Kohlapure along with sh ramesh Prassanna indian delphic council represenative and other officials of the Delphic Council of Maharashtra also attended the ceremony.
The Delphic Games are only-of-a-kind, global common floor for the dialogue of arts and encounter of cultures. They are organised around the world every 4 years by the International Delphic Council based in Berlin and have travelled to 8 countries and counting. They represent six major Arts categories – Musical Arts and Sounds, Performing Arts, Language Arts, Visual Arts, Social Arts and Ecological Arts & Architecture with hundreds of sub-categories and genres and give a platform for artists across art forms, art lovers and various stakeholders.
Commenting on the launch, the Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari said, “Maharashtra has a rich heritage of arts and culture. The Delphic Movement & the State Council of Delphic Maharashtra bring a prestigious platform to further encourage and preserve this heritage. I congratulate them and wish them success in their endeavours.”
Smt. Hema Malini, while speaking on the occasion said, “The world has been in the throes of despair with the pandemic since last year and it was a time that reinforced the importance of arts & culture in our lives. The need to have something that touches our hearts and soul and gives us respite, the need to have words, expressions and more that instil hope and inspire. We have immense talent in India, and under the aegis of the Delphic Movement, I hope to be able to bring this talent to the forefront for the whole world as we did in the case of Yoga.” She thanked the Indian Delphic Council for honouring her as the National Delphic Ambassador for Classical Performing Arts. She also congratulated the Delphic Council of Maharashtra and the Indian Delphic Council for their efforts to celebrate our arts, cultures and artists across the world.
Commenting on this development, Mr. Bijender Goel, Founding President, Indian Delphic Council and Advisor for the South Asian region, International Delphic Council sent in a message saying “International Delphic Council offers a common floor to Artists and to all Cultures. The Delphic Movement is getting overwhelming support from across the spectrum, and we plan to take the Delphic Movement to every artist, art lover, stakeholder, Government and Non-Governmental bodies in India. We are currently in 22 states in India & growing. We will focus on multiple mediums, forums, platforms, and common floors to nurture an artistic ecosystem across various age categories in India and will closely work with State Councils and National Arts Federations to ensure we reach out to everyone. The Delphic Council of Maharashtra has started very well in this direction and my best wishes for their endeavours!”
Commenting on the formal launch, Mr. Sahil Seth, IRS, President, Delphic Council of Maharashtra said, “It is an honour and matter of pride to be associated with the Delphic movement in India & encourage the growth of art and culture as a medium to not just bring people together but also enable global opportunities for the state and its people. Maharashtra has a rich heritage of arts & culture that are seen across the country today and with the Delphic Movement, we hope to create a life-long continuing impact on society. We are accompanied by an eclectic mix of Delphians in our Executive Board, Advisory Board & Committees and will soon be announcing our first set of initiatives that feature art for children, a short film festival and a lot more.”
About Delphic Council of Maharashtra
The Founding President of the Indian Delphic Council, Mr. Bijender Goel, appointed Mr. Sahil Seth, an IRS officer of the Rank of Joint Commissioner in the department of GST and Customs as the Honorary President of this Council along with Mr. Suresh Thomas, as Vice President. Mr. Aparajeet ‘Avi’ Mittal, , as the Secretary General, Mrs Pranitaa Pandit– Jt Secretary General, Mr Ali Akbar Rizvi – Treasurer ,Mr Sulaiman Merchant – Director (Musical Arts & Sound), Mr Rajveer Kaushik – Director (Social Arts & Comms), Mrs Bina talat Aziz– Director (Visual Arts & Crafts), Mr Vinay Aggarwal –Director (Ecological Arts & Architecture), Mr Amit Kapoor – Director (Performing Arts & Acrobatics),
Mrs Amita Bhatt – Director (Language Arts & Rhetoric),Mrs Rachna Puri – Director (Delphic clubs and memberships).
Mr Yash Birla (Birla Group)
Mr Devender singh Tomar(s/o union Agriculture minister)
Dr Ali Irani (Nanavati Hospital)
Quaiser Khalid (Police Commisioner Railways Mumbai)
Salim Merchant ( Music Director)
Sakshi Tanwar (Actor)
Committee Chairpersons :
• Mr Bosco (choreographer) – Chairperson Committee on Dance
• Amy billamoria (Fasion Designer ) – Chairperson for committee on Fashion
• Suchitra Krishnamoorti (Singer & actor) – Chairperson for Committee on Pop Music and Performance”
• Ganesh Acharya (choreographer ) – Chairperson for Committee on Bollywood Dance
• Mickey Mehta – Chairperson Committee on Holistic Health
• Zareen Khan – Chairperson for Committee on stand Up Comedy
• Tejaswini Kohlapuri – Chairperson for Committee on Classical Music
• Nivedita Basu – Chairperson Committee on Content Creation & Productio
• Saumini Paul – Chairperson Committee on Music & Talent Discovery
• Indrajeet Rathod – Chairperson for Committee on Celebrity Coordination and social Outreach
• Subhash singh- chairperson committee on Artist management
Special Invitees :
• Shubham Gupta IAS
• Mr Tej Sapru (Actor)
• Mr Raghav Sachar (Singer)
• Ms Tisca Chopra (Actor)
• Pawan Nagpal (Director n Producer)
About the Delphic Games and the Delphic Movement
The International Delphic Movement is a non-government, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian, non-religious organisation. It is the only such platform in the world to nurture and promote Arts and Cultures as a means to peace and harmony amongst peoples and races. The Delphic Games were born in ancient Greece 2500 years ago as the twin-sister of the Olympic Games. They are to Arts & Cultures what Olympic Games are to physical sports. In the past, India has participated in 3 editions of the Delphic Games in various countries and bagged gold and silver medals in South Korea and Malaysia.
The Delphic Games celebrate six art categories namely, Musical Arts and Sounds (singing, instrumental music, electronic sounds), Performing Arts (dance, theatre, circus, puppetry), Language Arts (literature, poetry, moderation), Visual Arts (painting, graphics, sculpture, installation, fashion, photography), Social Arts (communications, Internet, media, pedagogic, didactic) and Ecological Arts & Architecture (urban planning, landscaping, preservation and conservation of nature, monuments). The cultures do not enter a competition but showcase their respective arts & customs. They learn from each other by conversing, co-creating, co-learning, and treating each other with mutual respect.
The International Delphic Council is a voluntary, not-for-profit, non-political, non-religious, non-sectarian global movement for arts & cultures; with the aim of fostering engagements in the various arts forms amongst people of different races and cultures through the world’s only common floor for the arts called the Delphic Games.
The Delphic Games were born in ancient Greece 2500 years ago as the
twin-sister of the Olympic Games. They are to Arts & Cultures what Olympic Games are to physical sports. The Delphic Games of the Modern Era were revived in 1994, while the Olympic Games were revived in 1894.
India has participated in 3 editions of the Delphic Games in various Countries and even won gold and silver medals in South Korea and Malaysia. The Culture Ministry of Government of India has participated in the process by sponsoring the artists to represent the Country through the Zonal Cultural Centres.
Since revival, the Delphic Games have been hosted in Georgia, Russia, Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines, Germany, and South Africa while other festivals of cultural significance have been organised elsewhere in the world. International Institutions like UNESCO, Council of Europe, ASEAN, and such, have endorsed the various editions of the Delphic Games at various times.
World leaders including their Excellencies Nelson Mandela (South Africa),
Mikhail Gorbachev (erstwhile Soviet Union), Helmut Schmidt (East Germany), Eduard Shevardnadze (Georgia) as well as Celebrated Musicians, Painters, Academicians, Pedagogues, Historians, Arts & Culture revivalists, and the like, have supported the Delphic Games and what they stand for.