Where the Brahmaputraa meets the Mississippi, a colorful cultural program that symbolizes a confluence of cultures will be held May 11 at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
Starting with a dinner provided by the Indian community at at 6 p.m., the performance will start at 7 p.m. This cultural evening will provide an opportunity for community members to experience the coming together of these two great cultures through celebration in dance, music and songs.
The fundraising event is to portray the mighty river Brahmaputra, which flows through the state of Assam, India, a state known for its pristine beauty, rich history and culture. The majestic Mississippi flows through the heart of Minnesota, which is known as one of the cultural and literary centers of the West.
The fundraising goals are to create awareness and interface of the local with the global. The local community here in the Twin Cities, particularly young students, will have a unique opportunity to understand and explore a part of the world that is not often in the limelight.
Another goal is to raise funds for RGVN (Raastriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi; http://rgvnindia.org) in Assam. RGVN has been at the forefront of capacity building, development, and empowerment of vulnerable and marginalized groups, particularly women in northeast India.
RGVN has been working with is developing entrepreneurial and self-sufficiency skills among groups of very poor women from the traditional weaver community in Assam. These women have excellent traditional skills sets of weaving new textures and artifacts.
Yet, because of their lack of access to credit and market, they are not able to make gainful livelihoods out of their skills. They are often tricked by middle-men who benefit tremendously by buying their products at very cheap rates and selling the same products at exorbitant amounts locally and globally.
RGVN has made impressive ground work in helping these women organize into self-help groups, and any additional funds they receive will help them in creating other capacity building skills, marketing issues etc. Organizers are confident that the funds from this fundraising will go a long way in providing them the help that they need to create positive changes in the lives of women they work so passionately for.
If you cannot attend, please do still help by sending a donation to AFNA, with “WBMM-MN Fundraising” in the Memo. Please send the check to Mili Dutta, 3233 Columbus Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Also send your address so that we can send the receipt for Tax-Deduction. Visit on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/294669547331120/?fref=ts
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