Updated: Apr 5, 2020
With an astounding success of Bharat Conclave, last year, Confluence Foundation India, organized its second successive conclave in London, UK, from 26th September – 28th September 2019.
With the theme ‘Celebrating 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi – Non-Violence & World Peace’, at the helm, the three-day gala event was an amalgamation of Silver Service Networking Dinner with Lords & Barons, M.P/Ministers, an Award ceremony, culminating with a Fashion Show- Avahran.
Espousing the artistic acumen of the Indian weavers’ community, Day 1 opened with the inaugural function at the High Commission of India, London, which was honored with the presence Lord Sawraj Paul, Lord Remi Ranger, Lord Bhiku Parekh, Sandeep Marwah, along with Shri Rohit Vadhwana, First Secretary HCI (Economic). In the most prolific start to the conclave, the inauguration ceremony commenced with Indian National Anthem followed by a sublime rendition of the Vedic hymn. It was just the setting to revisit Mahatma’s resolved belief in Swadeshi, self- suffiency and empowerment of the indigenous textile industry. With the Gandhian values at heart and with honorable PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative in mind, the event proceeded with – NEW INDIA- Round table discussion between the peers & experts and the visiting delegates & audience members.
Emphasizing the importance of recognition by conferring the Excellence Awards to the delegates from varied businesses, Smita Srivastav, founder of Confluence Foundation India, explained, “No business flourishes on an isolated idea. It is a sangam of many other attributes like qualities, ability, effort, struggle etc. And through these awards we aspire to look beyond the paradigm of success only and highlight the pulsating effort which transmutes to par excellence’’. The House of Commons, the venue for the second day of the conclave, was infused with music and celebration as the awardees took their respective awards from the chief guests Amruta Fadnavis, social activist, singer and wife of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Davendra Fadnavis, Lord Dollar Poppat, Lord Remi Ranger, Lord Bhiku Parekh, Usha Kakade. While Kalli Purie, expressed her gratitude upon receiving her Excellence award – India’s most powerful Women in Media; Sandeep Marwah, in his effervescent style, articulated his appreciation. Along with the ace designer Rina Dhaka who stressed upon the importance of traditional artisanship, actor Gracy Singh, Sister Jayanti– Director Brahma Kumaris, Choreographer Ajay Soparkar, entrepreneur- Kalpana Saroj, writer & journalist- Kumar Rakesh; were honoured along with other awardees.
The conclave culminated on the 3rd day with a Fashion show, showcasing the intrinsic artwork of the designers. The evening lit up with the presence of actor extraordinaire, Karishma Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor and Amruta Fadnavis who with her impeccable singing talent mesmerised the audience. On the final day of the conclave, Pravin Rani, Brand ambassador of Confluence Foundation, said, “It is very fulfilling to see this mammoth support extended to the cause that we, as an NGO, promote. It is very gratifying to see how people from various fields have joined hands and reposed their trust in our hard work. These are positive steps which will pave a way to a vibrant future for the weaver’s community and simultaneously, will bring the Indian craftsmanship to the world more resoundingly”.
With the success of the recent endeavours of Confluence Foundation via Presenting Bharat Conclave edition 1 & 2; the team intends to make this a pan-global phenomenon. The team is now gearing up to forefront the cause of the artisans and weavers to different destinations of the world:
Schedule for the year 2020:
Confluence Foundation Presenting Bharat Conclave in Dubai. Theme World Expo.
Confluence Foundation Presenting Bharat Conclave in Japan. Theme Olympic.
Confluence Foundation Presenting Bharat Conclave in Banaras. Theme Pravasi Summit.
Confluence Foundation Presenting Bharat Conclave in London. Theme Hon PM’s vision Naya Bharat.
Rising yarn prices, falling employment opportunities, declining wage rates, shrinking markets and idling looms, Indian weavers have nobody to take up cudgels on their behalf. Confluence is a registered body under Indian Trust Act 1882. Confluence offer a fascinating model which combines compassion and artistic acumen to scale solutions that are needed now more than ever.
The mission and vision of Confluence is to organize these Handloom weavers into clusters and make them competitive by providing support for their long term sustainability. Confluence aim at sustained employment, to enhance marketability of products to equip traditional artisans of the associated groups with the improved skills, to make provision for common facilities and improved tools.
Working towards the Cause Confluence is working towards the unsung gentry of weavers. To become the voice of the voiceless and create a periphery for the gentry to take the plunge in the mainstream market. Decades of poorly-implemented protection policies and the growth of power loom imitations has led to the slow downfall of the handloom sector.
About Smita Shrivastav, MAKE IN INDIA Activist & Founder of Confluence Foundation, India,
Smita was born in Benares, the cultural capital of India. Being blessed with a family business in the field of textiles, she has been very close to the art of weaving since childhood. The sounds of looms have ever since been the lullabies for her and observing the intricacies of the warp and the woof have been her leisure pursuit. Being exposed to the dire condition of the artisans, Smita decided to commit her passion to the cause of reviving the dying art form.