An enthusiastic selection from the Diaspora support group, Indian Ladies in UK (ILUK), turned London’s iconic Trafalgar Square Green, White and Orange on Saturday 13 August with a unique dance performance to celebrate 70 years of Indian independence.
The “flash mob” was choreographed by Sumeet’s Step2Step Bollywood Dance Academy led by Sumeet Sachdev who spent weeks building the confidence of the ladies involved.
This is the group’s third flash mob in the space of a year and has acted as a great tool to empower women.
The group presented Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, a crochet blanket made of thousands of crochet squares made by the migrant women on his inaugural trip to London after winning a landslide election in 2014.
This was ILU’s first community project to promote what it now holds as its tagline ‘unity in diversity’.
“I was thrilled to celebrate our Indian Independence Day which also happens to be our first anniversary in this way. It’s a celebration of India in the UK, empowering amateur dancers to go out there and show off their skills, build their confidence and showcase what we can do as women, as Indian women, when we put our minds determinedly to the task at hand”, said Poonam Joshi, founder of ILUK.
In the short space of a year, Indian Ladies in UK has grown to more than 11,000 members.
“We began with the aim of making a small difference in the lives of first generation migrant Indian in the UK”, continued Joshi.
“That objective has grown beyond all of our expectations and we continue to empower and enrich the lives of our members and women both here in the UK and our home in India”, she added.
Ekta Gupta, taking part in the Indian independence day flash mob said: “ILU has instilled in me the pride I take to be an Indian and brought together a family which I cherish. A home away from home! Flash mob is just not a dance but a series of meetings, preparation, discipline and fun. It has given a naive dancer like me the chance and the confidence to perform in public. I loved every bit of it.”