New Delhi: For the past few months the entire world is facing the pandemic. A nationwide lockdown was announced to contain the spread of COVID-19. During the several phases of the lockdown, the frontline COVID-19 warriors worked selflessly so that others wouldn't face any problems. Urvashi Dance Music Art and Culture Society and Aamad Dance Centre have made a video ’ Ek Umeed’ Hope as a tribute to all corona warriors from the eminent artists globally. Recently, they launched the video through a virtual medium. Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India & President of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) has extended their support for the Video.

The video ‘Ek Umeed’ is conceptualized by Dr Rekha Mehra and Guru Rani Khanam and written by Ashok Jamnani, Voice over by Pallavi Bharati and music is by Shiv Shankar Ray. It is aimed at honoring and appreciating the stellar contribution of the frontline warriors of COVID-19 such as healthcare workers, the armed forces, police, drivers, delivery personnel, essential service personnel, and many others who have made tremendous sacrifices to serve the nation during this on-going pandemic. Many senior classical dance gurus and eminent artists from a different genre of cultural dance like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Mohiniattam to name a few, have come together to show their love and support for the warriors. The line-up of artists includes Padma Vibhushan Pt. BirjuMaharaj, Padma Bhushan Dr. Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, Padma BhushanDr Uma Sharma, SNA Awardee Smt. Geetanjali Lal, SNA Awardee Vidushi Saswati Sen, Padamshree Ranjana Gauhar, Vidushi Vaswati Misra, Guru Rani Khanam, Dr. Rekha Mehra, Nalini and Kamalini Asthana, Padamshree Bharti Shivaji, SNA Awardee Smt. Manjusree Chatterjee, Kavita Dwibedi, Jayshree Acharya, Abhay Mishra & Kakoli Mishra, Smt Mangala Bhatt & Shri Raghav Raj Bhatt, Rita Mustaphi, Madhusmita Bora and Nishi Singh. The entire video with multimedia projection is edited by Sandeep Salaria.

Wishing the team of ‘Ek Umeed’, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President ICCR, Member of Parliament, said “The video where worshipper of classical dance Padma Vibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji is there along with various renowned senior dance gurus and artists, I would like to congratulate the team for coming together for this great initiative. I would also like to wish Dr Rekha Mehra Ji and Guru Rani Khanam Ji for conceptualizing this video.”

Sh ShyamJaju, National Vice President, BJP, said “The entire nation is going through this pandemic, it is the need of the hour to provide strength and hope to the society. Dr Rekha Mehra and Guru Rani Khanam who has conceptualized this video with Padma Vibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj and other eminent artists will surely take a wave of oath to fight this pandemic together and increase their hope. I would recommend everyone to watch this video.”