Friday, July 22, 2011

Dance star Shiamak Davar attends London ceremony to collect Honorary Doctorate

By, 22 July, 2011
Dance star Shiamak Davar attends London ceremony to collect honorary doctorate
Shiamak Davar has been presented with an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University London, in recognition of his contribution to entertainment in India and throughout the world.

The influential choreographer, famous for pioneering contemporary dance which brings together Indian and Western styles, collected his award at a ceremony in London on Friday 22 July.

At the ceremony, Shiamak spoke to an audience of hundreds of Middlesex University dance, drama and music students as they graduated from their degree courses.

Before the ceremony, Shiamak Davar said: “I am truly honoured to receive the award of Doctor of the University from Middlesex University. My parents, both pioneers in the field of education, imbibed the importance of education in me. I am blessed to be able to continue their legacy as a dance educationist. I started my journey in the field of performing arts in the UK and receiving this honour completes this circle. With my mission to educate, entertain and empower people, this acknowledgement reinforces my belief…..Have feet, will dance. Have spirit, will triumph.”

Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “It’s so inspiring for our students to meet and graduate alongside Shiamak as his work has become a truly international success. His story is an example of what can be achieved with talent and determination.”

Shiamak’s award was made as part of the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community. Other well known figures receiving Middlesex honorary doctorates this year include former international cricketer Phil Tufnell and human rights advocate Shami Chakrabarti.

Middlesex University has a long standing commitment to providing higher education in India and celebrating Indian talent. Current projects include a new Middlesex University centre opening in Noida this year, a partnership with A. R. Rahman's KM Music Conservatory in Chennai and a specialist creative arts centre in southern Delhi.


Acceptance Speech at Middlesex University...


I  Believe concert....

July 9th 2011, CBC National Radio Interview..

Shiamak talks about his Life, Career and his Victory Arts Foundation....

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


By now, even those of you living under a rock should have heard of the Coexist campaign. If you haven’t, you may have seen their logo as a bumper sticker or a button or something. Usually, it looks something like this: I’ve been seeing a lot of these stickers around, and I decided to check it out today. It’s a pretty noble concept. This, the most simplified version of the logo, only shows the symbols of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (in that order). There are a lot of different versions that people have made themselves.

I rather like this one. I’m not sure why. It’s just…different. Islam, Hindu, Judaism, peace, Taoism/Confucianism, Christianity.

This one is also very common for bumper stickers. Islam, peace, male/female, Judaism, Wicca/Pagan/Bah’ai (my apologies if I spelled that wrong), Taoism/Confucianism.

This one has the explanations underneath, but they might be a little hard to read. Islam, Buddhism, Science, Judaism, Paganism, Wiccan, Christian. I like how this one shows how science and religion can coexist as well as regular religions. They don’t have to be two completely separate entities in our lives. I’ll get more into that later.

Very similar to the previous one, but it switches Pagan and Buddhism.
As you can see, they’re all a little different, but they all carry the same message. Religious (and scientific) peace and tolerance. But what if we took it into more than just religion? What if we could have every part of our lives in coexistance?
Science and religion.
Mathematics and art.
Nature and technology.
The past and the future.
Hell, maybe even Microsoft and Apple.
…No, not Microsoft and Apple. Some healthy competition is good. Even if it results in gladiatorial fights to the death.
But, really. Why shouldn’t we? Peace and balance are good. Equilibrium. Homeostasis. It’s all good stuff. And now I sound like a hippie naming off drugs. Damn.
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