Maharashtrians in UK to remember Bidve in an event on September 16
ONE of the oldest Indian community organisations of its type in the UK is to hold a special memorial programme in memory of murdered student Anuj Bidve.
Maharashtra Mandal London, which is 80 years old and represents people from the Marathi-speaking state that includes Pune from where Bidve hails, is organising a day of events on September 16 at the Indigo02 in Greenwich, London.
Among the highlights will be a Q&A with legendary Indian cricket star Sunil Gavaskar as well as entertainment from singers Ajay-Atul, Sonalee Kulkarni and Swapnil Bandodkar.Keith Vaz MP and Dr Mahesh Patwardhan are expected to make speeches and offer their continuing support for the Bidve family.
“Personalities from Bollywood, world class sport stars and influential politicians will make a valuable contribution to this event,” spokeswoman Ragasudha Vinjamuri said.
The organisation recently hosted a screening of the film Kaksparsh at its premises in Dollis Hill, north London, to mark its DVD release.
Director Mahesh Manjrekar attended the screening and participated in a Q&A alongside actors Sachin Khedekar and Medha Majrekar.
The film explores the plight of Indian widows in the 1930s, when their lives were still regulated by oppressive cultural restrictions.
Bidve was murdered on Boxing Day in Salford, near Manchester, last year by Kieran Stapleton, who is serving a life sentence for fatally shooting the 23-year-old student.
For tickets, contact Dr Mahesh Patwardhan (07956 524213), Sushil Rapatwar (07961 082639), Dr Narendra Pisal (07917 721466) or visit www.mmlondon.co.uk
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