Peace and Disarmament

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Singapore Soka Association Hosts Women in Arts--Friendship for Peace Concert

On May 19 and 20, 2007, Soka Singapore Association (SSA) women and young women organized and hosted "Women in Arts--Friendship for Peace Concert," an event geared toward expanding a network of friendship and trust in the local community, at the SSA Headquarters building. Adopting the orchid and lotus flowers as motifs for each of the two days, the shows displayed women's inner strength and beauty through the performing arts and showcased the diverse talents of SSA women and their friends.

The event on the evening of May 19 presented the orchid, with its deep inner strength, resilience, adaptability and purity. A guest performance by Dance Ensemble Singapore drew admiration from the audience for their lithe and graceful modern interpretation of Chinese folk dances. Also on the program were a paired rumba dance, jazz dancers, acapella singers, young hip hop dancers and baton twirlers, including many guest performers.

On the following afternoon, the attributes of the lotus flower, likened to women's virtues of hidden potential, purity, nobility, love and generosity, were expressed through inspiring performances by SSA women and their friends. "Voices of Love," a dynamic trio of the Tampines Changkat Women's Executive Committee, sang three songs, in Hokkien, Cantonese and Mandarin. The Soka New Century Orchestra and the women's division Tulip Chorus performed old favorites such as "Morigasaki Beach" and "Song for Mothers." A highlight of the event was a testimony given by a mother and daughter who shared their moving story of overcoming health problems and family discord with the practice of Nichiren Buddhism.

Over the two days, some 250 performers put on a distinctive show featuring music, songs and dances from many cultures and generations for an audience of 1,800.

SSA Women's Division Chief Chan Mei Wah said she was happy that many of the participants were able to achieve breakthroughs in their lives, using the concert as a platform. One such group of women was the SSA's Sunflower Dance Ensemble, who were able to challenge personal difficulties and emerge victors based on the motto of "courage, perseverance and pure faith." The group was formed in 1986 with the goal of contributing to the peace and happiness of Singaporean society through active participation in national and local events. Ms. Chan continued, "We can truly see the power of Soka women when we are united in purpose... This has touched and encouraged many of our friends who have joined us for the first time. Many expressed their wish to know more about Nichiren Buddhism."

[Adapted from an article in the June 6, 2007 issue of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association]