VAANI featured on NDTV's Out of England

A proud moment for all of us at VAANI. VAANI was featured on NDTV's Out of England on 21st of September 2014.
Watch the link here...


Tribute to Brides Gone and Girls Unborn - a poetry by Gurmit Kaur

The invisible hands that connect us.
That connects all people.
2nd Prize winner of VAANI Painting Competition 2014
by Gurmit Kaur
Let me hold you.
With these invisible hands, let me embrace you.
In sublime mediation on earth, in the ethers reaching out
To all those girls who through brutally left mother earth
In the invisible ethers I have not forgotten you
My mind expands to embrace you and care for you
Beloved daughters of the earth that feed the soil with you tears
Let me hold you in my embrace as my heart touches’ yours
Let these invisible hands hold yours as children of mother earth.
Mother earth wipes who away the tears
In her embrace and embraces us for eternity.

by Gurmit Kaur

Around 200 young girls are buried alive in India purely for drowry


A hugely successful VAANI Culture Night Trailor

Most talked about event VAANI Cultural Extravaganza this year has proved to be a complete success. With sixty five participants, twenty five volunteers and hundreds of audience, the night thrived with excitement.
No words could describe the feeling that rocked the stage on the 26th April 2014. All the participants breaming with confidence were ready to entertain and the audience held their breath and expectedly to behold one amazing performance after another.

Don't take my work for it...have a look at the professional video trailer of the night. So please sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

We also announced the winners of various competitions that VAANI ran prior to the event on the night. A list will soon follow this post.


Celebrate Peace

Celebrate PEACE with VAANI
Join us on 26th April 2014 in an exciting Cultural extravaganza!
Venue: Ursuline High School Ilford Hall, Time: 7:00pm onwards, dinner provided 
Ticket: £5 per person
We are back, and this year let's celebrate peace in remembrance of WWI. We invite people from different cultural background to show their interpretation of peace and celebration and come together on one stage. Dance performances, skits, musical performances, song performances and poetry readings are welcome.
Cultural Event Participants Entry closes on 31st March 2014.

We are running various competitions for Redbridge residents, please show your support by participating in them. The theme for all the competition below is
"Celebration of PEACE"
The winners will be announced during the event on 26th April 2014.
Interested? Want to know more? Visit our website: www.vaani.org

Early Registration advised for Painting and Salad decoration competition due to limited space.
Contact Smita on info@vaani.org to book your tickets or register

Painting Competition
5th April 2014
14:00pm - 16:00pm
Entry: £1
1st floor Ilford Central Library
Judges: Jason Rose, Amber 
Rules: Bring your own colours, pencil, art materials, etc.
Only paper provided.
Three age groups:

  1. Under 10 years
  2. Under 17 years
  3. Adult
Photography Competition
Last date to submit your digital entries: 25th March 2014
Email submissions to: submissions@vaani.org
Rules: Short listed entries will be asked to provide printed copy of photographs.
Include a 50 words narrative regarding your idea.
Judges: TBC
Three age groups:

  1. Under 10 years
  2. Under 17 years
  3. Adult

Short Story and poetry competition
last date to submit: 25th March 2014
Email submissions to: submissions@vaani.org
Judges: Hema Macherla, Birri Shangha
Three age groups:

  1. Under 10 years
  2. Under 17 years
  3. Adult

Salad decoration Competition
Date: 5th April 2014
10:30am to 12:00pm
Ilford Central Library
Rules: Bring all your raw materials and tools with you.
All whole vegetables and
fruits only. No peeled, shredded, ready cut materials.
Judge: Afshan Malik, TBC
Age groups: Adults only


SALF 2013 starts 23rd Oct - Do not miss it!

South Asian Literature Festival 2013

The South Asian Literature Festival (SALF), London’s premier event for writing and discussion on the Subcontinent, returns to the capital for the fourth consecutive year from October 23rd to November 1st 2013.

SALF is a celebration of the language, culture and literary heritage of South Asia, and is produced annually by Amphora Arts. Major themes this year include Indo-Caribbean literature, Asian Britain, Partition and Mythology.

With support from Arts Council England, British Council, and the Foyle Foundation, SALF will present 30 events with over 50 writers at a number of venues across London, including Asia House, British Library, Conway Hall, Free Word Centre, University of Westminster (Regents Street) and Weiner Library, as well as schools across the capital.

Authors and speakers this year include Amit Chaudhuri, Daljit Nagra, Kamila Shamise, Damian Barr, Declan Walsh, Gaiutra Bahadur, Jaspreet Singh, Jeet Thayil, Neel Mukherjee, Razia Iqbal, Sathnam Sanghera and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Tickets are available through www.southasianlitfest.com or by calling the Festival Box Office on 01865 798797.


VAANI at Asian Women Training and Education Fair 2013

We attended the Asian Women Training and Education Fair. VAANI's table displyed our anthology 9.69 seconds.
One of the volunteer Priyankini Pathak collected funds for VAANI by applying Henna designs on the attendees palm. The idea proved to be a big success. So Congratulations Priyankini!
Many local organisations like Ekta Project, Victim Support, UEL, Redbridge Libraries, St Andrews College etc had a table. It was a great opportunity to meet and know various organisations and also to develop partnerships.
It was a very well organised event by University of East London.

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