Avanti Schools I’ll Be There shines at Southbank
The Royal Festival Hall was home to the magical rendition of the Mahabharata by the Avanti Schools‘ children. The musical, entitled, I’ll Be There, conveyed the essence of the Mahabharata and the special relationship between Lord Krishna and his friend, cousin and disciple, Arjun. The awe-inspiring musical drama was performed by a massed choir of 150 children and a troupe of actors and dancers from primary and secondary schools.
Telling the story of the Mahabharata was apt for the Avanti Schools Trust, which manages a family of four schools currently in Harrow, Redbridge and Leicester, with a fifth school due to open in Croydon in September 2016.
The musical was conceptualised, written, produced and directed by Vandana Synghal with support from Bina Antara (Dance), Yvonne Grant (Drama), Paul Nash and Sue McCall (Choir), and the evening was hosted by Usha Sahni OBE, Educational Director of the Avanti Schools Trust. A number of VIPs were in attendance including Mr Anil Agarwal and family, Dame Alison Peacock, Janet Hilary, the Mayor of Harrow, Rekha Shah, Harrow councillors Marilyn Ashton, Navin Shah, Ajay Maru and Christine Robson.
Mr Anil Agarwal, Founder and Chairman of Vedanta Resources PLC made a pledge to fund a state of the art, multi-million pound performing arts facility for Avanti Schools Trust.
Anand Jatania, Head of PR and Communications said, “It’s really important as part of our long term vision that we work closely with other schools and disadvantaged children, and leverage off each other as we continue to grow and build our brand profile both locally and internationally. I’ll be there has given us the platform to showcase our children’s talents in one of the most famous theatres in the world, where some of the world’s best known artists have performed.”
Avanti’s new secondary school in Stanmore, Harrow, sees construction commence later this year.
The evening was supported by Burnt Oak Builders Merchants and Crossville Developments Ltd, Laxcon Construction, Rational FX, Lebara, Amai Vedanta Events, Arvind Jobanputra Insurance Services, Sonas Haute Couture, The Concert Organisation and Nu Sounds Radio. Photography was provided by LDN clicks Photography and all Media & PR managed by Here and Now 365.