In a bid to sensitize people the world-over about the ill-effects of global warming and the need to preserve nature, Exnora International, Sri Krishna Sweets and the Global Carnatic Music Association (GCMA) have come up with a unique concept. On the 8th of August (08-08-2008), between 08:00:08 am and 08:08:08 am, numerous celebrities will come together to observe 8 minutes of silence and listen only to the sounds of nature. This event will take place on the Marina beach, near the Gandhi statue.
Exnora International, Chennai, headed by M.B.Nirmal, has been actively involved in many environment-related projects in the past, like organizing conferences on voluntary reduction of industrial pollutants, co-ordinating neighborhood tree plantings, promoting sanitation projects, restoring urban estuaries and encouraging environmental education in schools and colleges. Sri Krishna Sweets, under the leadership of N.Murali, has been working towards numerous social causes and has been a role-model for the society. The Global Carnatic Music Association, founded by musicians K.N.Shashikiran and Sudha Ragunathan, has been a pioneer of several innovative programs, including the recently concluded 100-hour marathon concert in Chennai.
This unique event, called ‘The Power of Silence’ and conceptualized by K.N.Shashikiran, aims to create a mini-revolution world-wide, against global warming and other activities which are destroying our environment. The organizers hope to spread the message to as many people as possible, since concerted effort is the need of the hour.
The organizers invite the public to join them at 7:45 am on the 8th of August at the Marina beach, for this fight against environmental deterioration. Those who are unable to make it to the Marina, can observe 8 minutes of silence from their homes/workplaces.
Celebrities who will participate in the event include M.B.Nirmal of Exnora, Murali of Sri Krishna Sweets, musicians Sudha Ragunathan and Shashikiran, director Vasanth, Mrs. Y.G.Parthasarathy, Sreekala Bharath and Nirmala Prasad, Principal, MOP Vaishnav college.