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Mum: Artistes lead rally against hate, violence

MUMBAI: Hundreds of leading artists, sculptors, writers, poets and performing artistes led a peace march from Mahim to Bandra's Carter Road Saturday night time. Approximately 2,000 luminaries gathered below the banner of the 2020 Group to speak out in opposition to the rising hate and intolerance in India.

Screen writer Anjum Rajabali stated, "It was heartening to see the huge turnout of new faces, especially youth, whose concerns ranged from freedom of expression to hate and violence. They raised their voices but only to be heard over the din, not by way of aggression."

Amol Palekar, his spouse Sandhya, Kabir Khan, Anuradha Parikh, Urmi Juvekar and Shireen Gandhy joined the procession. The choreographed parade integrated 1,000 performers with segments assembled through other artistes and directors.

In the run as much as the protest, the team members had been liberating anoymous posters on social media every night time, urging electorate to share it on-line.."None of us is free if one of us is chained," wrote one artist. Another stated, "I am he. I am she. We are here today. We will be here tomorrow."

Group 2020 is an offshoot of the Artists United motion of Delhi. It includes individuals like Sunil Shanbag, Shireen Gandhy, Anjum Rajabali, Achyut Vaze, Sudhir Patwardhan, Navjot Altaf, Purva Naresh, Geeta Seshu, Jhelum Paranjape and Reena Kallat. Organisations like Junoon, Clark House Initiative, Free Speech Collective, The Company Theatre and Tamaasha supported the marketing campaign.

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