India Indonesia Samagam at Gurukul Global School with MOU between Gurukul Global School, Chandigarh & Ashram Gandhi Puri, Bali, Indonesia. Chandigarh, August 27: Today, a seven-member traditional folk artists from Ashram Gandhi Puri, Bali, led by Padma Shri Agus Indra Udayana (Ida Rsi Putra Manuaba) founder Ashram Gandhi Puri reached Gurukul Global School, where the peace club of Gurukul Global School & Ashram Gandhi Puri, Bali, facilitated by Yuvsatta (youth for peace)-an NGO, signed a five year long MOU for greater exchange of students and staff to further strengthen the age-old India-Indonesian bonds & friendship. Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion included Ms. Caroline Rowett, British Deputy High Commissioner, Mrs. Madhvi Kataria, IAS, Special Secretary, Higher Education & Languages, Punjab Government, Dr. Abdul Qayum, IFS, Dy. Conservator of Forests & Addl. CEO, CREST, Chandigarh Administration, Mr. Parveen Setya, Managing Director, Gurukul Global School and Mr. Pramod Sharma, founder of Yuvsatta (youth for peace)-NGO. Welcoming the international guests Mrs. Nina Pandey, Principal shared that such initiatives create opportunities for students to create future leaders who instinctively appreciate the value of international collaboration, understanding, and empathy. It also shows the importance of similarities rather than differences, highlights the beauty of diversity & makes the world a more beautiful, connected place for everyone. The programme started with a traditional Balinese dance performance with Legong dance which is symbol of women power (Shakti), cendrawasih dance inspired by the birds of paradise and YogaArt . Sharing little more about the performance Agus Indra Udayana (Ida Rsi Putra Manuaba) said that balinese dance is an ancient dance tradition that is part of the religious and artistic expression among the Balinese people of Bali Island, Indonesia. It is dynamic, angular and intensely expressive. He further added that they at Ashram Gandhi Puri believe, practice and promote the Gandhian ideals of peace, brotherhood, love, service and compassion around the world. Prominent participants from Bali included and lead by I Wayan Sari Dika (Direktur Gandhi Vichar Studies; Centre of Shantisena in Leadership and Youth Empowerment for better Future) I Dewa Gede Dika Yasa, I Made Semaraputra, Ni Kadek Hari Shanti, Putri Agustia Ningsih, Cahya Ambarani & Shiwani. Not to be left behind, the young Globalites also presented Bharat Natyam and Bhangra on the occasion. Later they learned a few steps of Balinese dances as well. And clicked a lot of pictures as memorable memories of good times together. Appreciating the initiative Mrs. Madhvi Kataria said that India and Indonesia enjoy shared values and commitment towards both nations and citizens. The two countries have much in common apart from geographical proximity and cultural affinities. Both are large, multi-ethnic, multi-religious countries that emerged from colonial rule at the same time to become cohesive & secular states. In his vote of thanks Mr. Pramod Sharma added that they at Yuvsatta believe in thoughts and ideas of greater youth empowerment for stronger youth power. And such occasions are a true learning experience for young students to understand the age-old Indian ethos of ‘Vasudhev Kutumabkam’-which means the whole world is one family.