In 2002, Manav Sadhna selected and trained 12 children for a dacne-drama that toured across the USA as a culutral exhange and to share a message of love and service with various communities. EKTA is about building bridges, bridges for humanity. Manav Sadhna, has produced EKTA & Mallika Sarabhai, Head of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts is choreographed the 90-minute dance drama. Brad Baldwin, an American citizen living and working at Manav Sadhna, coordinated the show.
These very principles are the foundation for the current project, an artistic cultural performance. 14 talented children from the slums have been selected to carry the message of Truth, Peace, and Non-Violence to the United States. The stage production links the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. had been performed in cities across the US in April/May 2002. These 14 children had been given a very unique opportunity to represent their country.
The EKTA tour was composed of two parts, the first was the performance element and the second was the interactive educational aspect with schools all across the Nation. The 14 ‘lamps of light’ from India engaged in workshops with American students in urban and rural settings, inner city and private institutions. Students from each country were able to exchange ideas, stories, and questions from their varying backgrounds. A historical chord had been running through the tour as well.