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Ahmedabad dancer protests against love jihad graffiti with street-side Kathak performances - Jab pyar kiya toh daarna kya (video)

A Kathak dancer in Ahmedabad has come up with a novel way to combat the hate speeches against interreligious marriage - she is using her dance to stimulate dialogue.  Avni Sethi is an accomplished dancer who is also the founder of Conflictorium.  When she saw her city overrun by graffitis issuing threats such as 'Hindu daughters, Beware of Love Jihad', Sethi knew that she had to do something.

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A Kathak dancer in Ahmedabad has come up with a novel way to combat the hate speeches against interreligious marriage - she is using her dance to stimulate dialogue.

Avni Sethi is an accomplished dancer who is also the founder of Conflictorium.

When she saw her city overrun by graffitis issuing threats such as 'Hindu daughters, Beware of Love Jihad', Sethi knew that she had to do something.

The graffitis were not in the obscure forgotten parts of the city, but in main thoroughfares such as Law Garden, Ashram Road near HK Art College, Reform Club, Netaji Marg and Panchvati.

That such graffitis exist unchallenged in such prominent parts of the city seemed to Sethi as a tacit acceptance of its vitriolic message by the local population, and she decided to protest in the only way she knew, through dance.

Sethi used the graffitis in these five locations as background for a Kathak rendition, reports The Times of India. The song chosen for all the performances were same Mughal-e-Azam's Jab pyar kiya toh daarna kya.

Not only are the lyrics of the song asking love to triumph over fear very relevant to the crisis at hand, but Sethi hopes that her unusual protest would inspire the locals to embark on dialogue with her.

In this way, she hopes to counteract the mutual hatred and distrust that such graffitis have insidiously created amongst the two communities.

Ahmedabad dancer protests love jihad graffiti  (video)

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