Gangtok: November 19, 2011
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is about a communion of cultures, a creative dialogue with other nations. To facilitate this interaction with world cultures ICCR, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korean Cultural Foundation, Korean War 60th Anniversary Memorial Committee and Universal Peace Federation of India will facilitate the Little Angels tour of India.
Korea’s best Cultural Ambassadors have over 50 special performances for 50 Heads of State including several at the White House, Buckingham Palace, the UN General Assembly Hall and the late Indira Gandhi in 1974.
The Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet of Korea was founded by Rev and Sun Myung Moon in 1962 and has since then undertaken 56 overseas tours presenting over 6000 performances in 50 Countries. In 2010, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, the Little Angels, Korea’s Ambassadors of peace and goodwill, toured the 16 UN-Member Nations that sent troops to the conflict.
This year the Little Angels will tour the 6 nations- Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Germany and India that sent medical units to Korea during or in the immediate aftermath of the Korean War.
“When the Korean War broke out, India held to the policy of neutrality, however, they decided to send the 60th Parachute Field Ambulance Platoon, a mobile army surgical hospital (MASH). Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel A. G. Rangaraj, it joined UN forces at Pyongyang on December 4, 1950, just in time to take part in the 8th Army’s withdrawal out of North Korea. On December 14, 1950, it formally became a medical evacuation unit for the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade. It supported this unit throughout the war. The Indian medical unit gained the respect of Commonwealth troops for its high-quality medical care and the courage of its soldiers under fire, and it was awarded official commendations from the Republic of Korea Government several times according to Her Excellency Pratibha Devisingh Patil President of India.
“Between 1950 and 1954 the 60th Parachute Field Ambulance Unit lost 4 Men and had 23 Wounded while treating 224,000 Patients. ICCR Welcomes the Little Angels who are here to say Thank You to the Korean War veterans” shared Suresh Goel, Director General of ICCR. “The troupe will give two performances at the Siri Fort Auditorium: on 22 November, for an audience of specially invited dignitaries led by Chief Minister Smt Sheila Dikshit, and on 23 November, 2011 for the school children and youth of Delhi”.
The 2010 Little Angels 16 UN-Nations has taken them to USA, Canada, Colombia, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, South Africa, Ethiopia, UK, Greece, Turkey, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia and Philippines.
In 1950, Rev. Sun Myung Moon the Founder of Little Angels was liberated by the UN Forces from a North Korean Prison Camp. Heungnam, was a Soviet style North Korean gulag where prisoners were deliberately starved and worked to death. In 1950 Gen Douglas MacArthur made the historic Incheon Landing with the UN forces and subsequently freed all the political prisoners.
Rev Moon later said that it was with the grace of God that he was liberated. He has contributed a great deal to conduct this tour of gratitude for the sake of the Korean War heroes. Rev Moon said that the Korean must not forget that we owe our Life, Freedom, Independence and our subsequent prosperity to the UN Korean War Heroes.
The Little Angels, Children Folk Ballet of Korea’s repertoire includes Flower Crown Dance, Spring Time, Fan Dance, Wedding Day, Drum Dance, Hourglass Drum Dance, Doll Dance, Folk singing with Kayakum, Mask Dance and Farm Dance.
In addition, a team of 20 members from Universal Peace Federation of Sikkim led by its President GM Gurung and Director Dendup Sherpa has been in Delhi for the programme and two MPs of Sikkim PD Rai and OT Lepcha are also attending the programme on 22 November, 2011.