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In the run-up to this year’s Republic Day, music aficionados can gear up for a musical tribute to the valor and courage of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives battling for the nation. Organized by the Tabla Wizard Pandit Chatur Lal Memorial Society, the 22nd edition of ‘Amar Jyoti: A Tribute to Unknown Soldiers’ will take place online on January 23.

The musical tribute evening will see an exciting line-up of Indian classical artists who will come together on one stage to create a memorable concert. The highlight will be a soulful Jugalbandi by renowned folk singers Padma Shri recipient Malini Awasthi and Roshan Khan (Mangniyar). Many other artists will accompany, including the likes of Rafik Khan Merasi, a masterful Kamaicha player, Latif Khan on Dholak, Zaheer Khan will be on Kartal and vocalist Sawai Khan.


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On organizing the concert, Shruti Chatur Lal Sharma, the granddaughter of the tabla legend and the Program Director at Pandit Chaturlal Festival said, “It is an honor to have this opportunity to organize an event to pay tribute to the martyrs of our nation. With this soulful music, we extend our gratitude to all those unknown soldiers who risked their lives for the nation and our safety.

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Our entire team looks forward to the main event and thank all our sponsors and associates. The event is organized in association with ICCR and Indian Raga. The main sponsor is ONGC and co-sponsored by GAIL, Oil India Limited, PFC, NTPC, and Powergrid.” The musical ode will be streamed LIVE on January 23 2021 at 7 p.m. on the Society’s social media handles. (IANS)


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The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.

Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.

Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background

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