By Ashok Bhargava
VANCOUVER: Imagine what will happen when so many streams of creativity come together. CREATIVITY.
Yes, poets, novelists, musicians, dancers, photographers and writers all came together here on Oct 5 to create `Autumn Dance’ at the Richmond City Hall.
Nature too seemed to be having fun along with this rainbow of creativity as the sun occasionally peeped out to shine on giant oak, maple, elm and birch trees dressed in their fall colours.
Priti Aisola, wife of Indian Consul General Ravi Shankar Aisola,Lilija Valis, Bernice Lever, Carla Shafer, Janet Kvammmen, Alan Hill, Candice James and Angela Naccarato were the featured poets brought together by us – Writers International Network (WIN) Canada.
For their part, dancers performed “Made in India” and “Gentleman,’’ bringing the audience to their feet as leaves drifted down in the courtyard in a cascade of whispers. Indeed, it was an amazing afternoon of inspiration, creativity and self-reflection.
Writers International Network Canada believes that writing, dance and poetry are forms of an art that is deeply rooted in self-reflection. Self-reflection is the human capacity to exercise introspection and willingness to learn more about our fundamental nature, purpose and essence.
But more than anything else, it was a fun-filled opportunity to network for these creative people.
WIN’s mission is to create an environment where the work of an artist is appreciated and recognized no matter what his or her background, language or cultural heritage.
Our endeavor is to build bridges by bringing south Asian artists and writers closer to mainstream writers and artists.
Attendance by a large number of artists and writers of diverse backgrounds at `Autumn Dance’ bore a testimony to WIN’s success in bridge building.
We would like to thank Alan Hill for convincing the City of Richmond to lend us the imposing Council Chamber to celebrate Autumn Dance, literature and arts.
(Ashok Bhargava is the president of Writers International Network Canada)