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Indian women pay tribute to the UAE in music video.

Summary: Cover version of Zariya features more than 100 women with different talents

Image Credit: Sajila Saseendran, Senior Reporter

Dubai: More than 100 Indian women from seven emirates have come together for paying a visual tribute to the UAE on the occasion of its 46th National Day.

The women have been featured in a music album titled 'Zariya - An Artistic Odyssey' that was released by the Consul-General of India in Dubai, Vipul, at a recent event at the consulate.

The album is a cover version of a live music performance by Jordanian singer Farah Siraj along with Nepalese Buddhist Nun Ani Choying and composed by A.R. Rahman.

Four Indian women - Beema Benazir Anzar, Sheetal Rajan, Bindu Jayaprasad Nair and Shamseena Nowshad - teamed up to produce the new version of 'Zariya'.

"Our objective was to showcase Indian expatriate women living in the UAE, unified in tradition, and progressive due to a country that has nurtured its adopted children as her own and gave opportunities to explore talents, ambition and life," said Anzar who conceptualised the visual tribute.

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She said the team chose the song since it is based around the theme of motherhood, compassion and ultimately happiness, which the UAE wants to offer its people.

"It is to reflect the hopes of Indian women in continuing to strengthen the cultural bond between the two countries, along with being the agents of positive change in the society that Team Zariya developed this video," said Anzar.

While paying a visual tribute to the rich land and traditions of the UAE, the video features Indian women talented in art, craft, and sports, along with women in different professions and from all strata of the society - all of whom believe they owe their success and happiness to the UAE.

School students including two girls with special needs have also been featured in the album that was shot at different locations in the UAE including scenic locales, landmark buildings and homes and workplaces of the women featured.

"We tried to feature Indian women excelling in as many different fields as possible in five minutes. We have included women specialised in art, fashion designing, baking, pottery making, jewellery designing, media and many other creative fields and professions," said Nowshad.

One of the women featured is Reshma Sainulabdeen who created a sand art work of the Union logo featuring seven Rulers of the UAE, in the backdrop of the national flag and Dubai's skyline.

"A continuing aspect in the message is that one common language which connects all women in India - the cultural attire of six yards called 'saree'," said Beema.

A group of Indian women who took part in the recently held Dubai Women's Run by wearing traditional saree has also been featured in the video.

The album has been posted on Facebook on the page of its director Shinihas Abu,

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Nov 30, 2017
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