The week culminated with a 12-hour cultural sit-in at Shivaji Park, Dadar. Prefacing their 15 mts. Performance with a statement, by their performance and by their sheer presence artists recorded their opposition to communalism.
Those who participated included Bahauddin Dagar, Kishori Amonkar, Fahinuddin Dagar, Ashwini Bhide, Sultan Khan, Shubha Mudgal, Satish Kalsekar, Kankana Banerjee, Ravi Shankar, Sonal Mansingh, Amol Palekar, Raghunandan Panshikar, Amjad Ali Khan, Ulhas Kashalkar, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dilip Jhaveri, A.K. Hangal, M.F. Husain, Shobha Gurtu, Dadi Pudmjee, Ali Sardar Jafri, Zahiruddin Dagar, Wasifuddin Dagar, Nida Fazli, Dhruv Ghosh, Nayan Ghosh, Randhir Khare, Raghunath Seth, C.R. Vyas, Shamim Ahmed, Lalith Rao, Sitara Devi, Mehul, Neela Bhagwat, Gulam Sheikh, Kartich Kumar, Prabodh Parikh, Arti Ankalikar, Astad Deboo, Maya Upadhyaya, Raghunandan Panshikar, Javed Akhtar, Daya Pawar, Prabhakar Karekar, Pandit Jasraj.
The response from the artists as also from the public and the media was tremendous.
“Tyeb Mehta got up from a very sick-bed, against his doctor’s orders, and painted the outstanding blow-up of his traffic leitmotif ‘falling figure’ for the extensive backdrop of the stage erected for the 12 hour cultural sit-in at Shivaji Park.
“After the concert one was left with yet another definition of communalism – it is the richness and variety of our national history and culture… To those who are seeking creative ways and means of promoting secularism…. It established that there are hundreds of modes of integration waiting to be discovered.”
April 1. 1992 The Economic Times