The 7th International Day of Yoga celebrations on 21st June 2021 also marked the launch by thought leaders from India and the world of a unique cross-cultural dialogue to foster holistic wellness and recovery from COVID-19.
The curtain raiser yesterday laid the foundation to initiate a multistakeholder dialogue series of eminent personalities from different walks of life representing different cultures. The series will comprise 4 episodes online in July and August streamed live on PIO TV and supported by well-meaning and important organizations. The objective is to discuss, motivate and highlight the importance of holistic wellness in the global COVID-19 discourse.
Headlining the curtain-raiser were: Former Ambassador & Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Asoke Mukerji, and H.E. Ambassador Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Permanent Delegate of Romania to UNESCO & Founder UNRocks, Munish Gupta, Chairman of PIO TV and a global Indian Diaspora leader, and Vivek Anand Oberoi, Indian actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. They underlined the essence of a collaborative process for emerging from the pandemic.
Ambassador Asoke Mukerji, shared in his keynote address, ‘Holistic wellness and concern for the planet as a global community were the main drivers for all 193 countries to come together at the UN General Assembly in 2014 to resolve and declare 21st June as the International Day of Yoga. Emerging from the COVID-19 dialogue series strengthens the multistakeholder approach of Agenda 2030. We must not leave anyone behind on our path to recovery.’
Speaking from UNESCO, H.E. Ambassador Simona-Mirela Miculescu said, ‘Just as humanity needs oxygen to survive, along with technological equality and financial security, the world needs cultural continuity. I salute this series that aims to strengthen societal links through creativity, art & culture, that are a catalyst to unity and resilience. The pandemic has necessitated self-expression by waking up the artist and leader within ourselves. Creativity is the first step to problem-solving and we must, as a global community, embrace it.’
In a special video message for viewers, Indian actor, philanthropist and start-up entrepreneur, Vivek Anand Oberoi urged people to unite, to usher in a better world. ‘Love, empathy & collaboration are our best hope for one health, one world. This dialogue series is the first step in that direction. I hope more corporates and individuals come forward to extend their support to the cause of fostering holistic wellness & recovery from COVID-19. Let us help people suffering from cancer, especially kids orphaned during the pandemic.’ The series, conceived by the cause amplification entity, Impresario Global, has dedicated the first 5 episodes to the Cancer Patients Aid Association’s Food Relief Fund, which seeks to provide food staples, beverages, and water to 3000 cancer patients, especially kids orphaned during the pandemic.
‘Cooperation and collaboration are the only way to move forward through the pandemic which serves as an important reminder to wake up to our duty towards nature’, shared Munish Gupta, Chairman PIO TV and President, Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia. He also said, ‘Media, of which I am a part, has an important function as a watch-dog. But it also needs to amplify developmental journalism and bring to the fore the value of arts, entertainment, sports, fitness to recover holistically through the pandemic, just as this series aims to do.’ With each hour-long episode set to air on (People of Indian Origin) PIO TV, audiences can expect expert perspectives on the two broad themes of ‘Artists as Healers’ and ‘Leading with Head & Heart’. Through open conversation around these topics, the series aims to take a deep dive into the intimate connection between art and wellness, as well as the importance of an immediate need for compassionate leadership.
This non-ticketed series is spread over eight weeks. Commencing on the International Yoga Day and culminating on the eve of Independence Day, the episodes will have several special guests gracing the screen.
Asif Upadhye, Director at Never Grow Up, a work culture consulting firm shared, ‘With personal and professional boundaries blurring for people amid an unpredictable environment, it is critical to acknowledge that we cannot lead without empathy. Be it taking care of mental well-being of employees to sensitizing people at work, the need of the hour is to indulge in building an inclusive company culture.’
Series moderator and Associate Vice-President of External Relations at the esteemed and popular Simon Fraser University in Canada & Director at BC-IBN, Sobhana Jaya Madhavan commented on the initiative saying, ‘The pandemic has taught us many important lessons including how connected and interdependent humanity is. Cross-cultural dialogues are critical for us to heal and emerge positively from this pandemic.’
The series is also set to be telecasted across social media channels to amplify the cause across geographies, in the spirit of collaboration, highlighting the need for people to come together to support each other through this unprecedented turbulence of the pandemic. Anubhuti Sharma, Founder Impresario Global, expressed, ‘Suddenly, we have all been reminded of a deep desire to live purposefully. To do more. To do good. What we are trying to impress upon people is why wait? Do a little every day, to do a lot someday. Start now. Awaken the idea and intent within you to create a positive impactful dent.’