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August 17, 2016

Mahesh Sharma launches digital platform for learning of performing arts in Delhi

When Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, launched the digital platform for learning of performing arts, VIRSA, in Delhi recently, he told the audience that he used to get beaten up by his teachers and wondered how will that be possible through e-learning.

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August 7, 2016

Digital classroom

In this swipe-right, swipe-left obsessed world, for the children of today and tomorrow, the performing arts have taken a back seat. They are either bombarded with elements from academia or busy learning and exploring the world of virtual wonders. In an initiative to change this present world crisis, a Delhi-based NGO Routes2Roots in association with the Ministry of Culture launched India’s largest interactive digital learning platform “Virsa” to promote and preserve India’s rich cultural heritage and legacy of performing arts.

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August 6, 2016

Master of All Roles

Dance is a way of life for Pandit Birju Maharaj, the familiar face of Kathak dance all over the world. A unique phenomenon of creativity, Maharaj has now chosen a rare path which his contemporaries may not do. He speaks to Ila Sankrityayan about ‘Virsa’, an interactive online learning programme to teach the youth about the classical art form and reconnect masses to it

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August 4, 2016

Preserving Indian culture

It has been rightly said “A nation’s culture is the true image of its art”. To preserve and promote India’s rich cultural heritage and legacy of performing arts, Delhi-based NGO Routes2Roots, in association with Union ministry of culture, has launched India’s largest interactive digital learning of performing arts, titled VIRSA, at the Indian Habitat Centre last week. Minister of state for culture and tourism, Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the programme in the presence of Alok Kumar Verma, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, Kathak Maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj, Sitarist Pandit Devabrata Chaudhury and Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma among others.

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July 25, 2016

VIDEO: Everyday Racism

By walking a mile in someone’s shoes you can get a decent understanding of their life. However, when it comes to seeing how different races are viewed it’s more of a challenge, but one Australian company has done just that by developing an app called Everyday Racism.

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July 12, 2016

Berlin Dinner Parties That Celebrate Refugees and Their Food

The moment she mentioned Lesbos, the room grew quiet. The group of a dozen people had splintered off about halfway through dinner to converse about life in Berlin and about the food we were grazing on. But now Hend, 37, wearing glasses and a gray hijab, had the stage. She was about to reveal what everyone at this dinner party was most curious about: What was it like for her to journey from Syria to Germany?

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June 26, 2016

New app to tackle racism in schools

A web-based app that teaches eight to 10-year-olds about racism and discrimination will be available for use in primary schools from next month. The app, an initiative of the national charity All Together Now, leads users through various scenarios in which children could be excluded because of bias and stereotyping.

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May 22, 2016

Unistream wins UN inter-cultural innovation award

World body recognizes Israeli social entrepreneurial program creating change by empowering teens from underprivileged communities to build startups.

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May 18, 2016

Working Together for a Better City – and World

Give Something Back to Berlin founder, Annamaria Olsson, gets real about integration, innovation and more.

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May 3, 2016

Routes 2 Roots receives The Intercultural Innovation Award

Routes 2 Roots, an Indian NGO and a WANGO member, was honored with The Intercultural Innovation Award, a partnership between the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, for its Student Exchange Program, at the UNAOC’s 7th Global Forum.


April 29, 2016

Engaging India, Pak in cultural activities

Delhi based Non-Government Organisation, Routes2Roots (R2R) has been recently honoured with the award of ‘The Inter-Cultural Innovation Award-2016’ from United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in Baku, for it’s ‘World Largest Oral History Programme, Exchange For Change’.

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April 29, 2016

Blessing Basket Project earns UN finalist recognition

Several years ago, CEO Theresa Carrington was alone and surrounded by five men in a dark alley in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Danger was imminent, but she had to catch a former employee who stole $27,000 and dozens of baskets made by artisans from The Blessing Basket Project, her St. Louis-based nonprofit that helps reduce global poverty by paying above market-rate wages to artisans around the world who make the baskets.

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