Colonial Cousins fame Lesle Lewis charms Kolkata audience at opening of IIMUN Kolkata Chapter



Kolkata, December 21, 2014 (Washington Bangla Radio): Singer-performer-composer and guitarist par excellence, enthralled the audiences with his captivating performance at the opening ceremony of the Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN) Kolkata Chapter held trecently at South City International School, Jadavpur, Kolkata. Lesle Lewis’ performance included a wide variety of songs like his own rock version conveying the message of peace and songs from his own album and many others. The audience mostly included students from schools and colleges. Lesley Lewis and his band electrified the audience with their rock and roll so much so that after his performance there was only one word on everyone’s lips- ‘ENCORE!!’.

Lesle Lewis, Bollywood Singer-Composer, Best known for his work in Colonial Cousins on this occasion said, “IIMUN creates the required system that acts as a pedestal to launch the interests of today’s youth. I feel honored to be a part of this organization and performing here in front of so many students.”

                          

The inauguration ceremony also witnessed the presence of eminent personalities like: Mr. Partha Chatterjee, Hon. Education Minister; Ms. Mahua Moitra, General Sec. Trinamool; Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Group; Ms. Arpita Ghosh, Member of Parliament; Mr. Rishabh Shah, Founder President of IIMUN; Mr. Saran Singh Mokha, Director General of IIMUN, Kolkata; Ms. Niyati Mandhyan, Secretary General of IIMUN, Jalandhar and many others.

The events organized by IIMUN have been attended or supported by noted luminaries like Hon. UN Secretary General Mr. Ban-Ki-Moon, Hon. UN Under Secretary General Mr. Peter Launsky, Hon. UN Chief of Education Outreach Ms. Nathalie Leroy, Former UN Under Secretary General Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Pritviraj Chavan, Hon. Union Minister of Agriculture, Shri  Sharadchandra Govindrao Pawar, Founder of UTV and Walt Disney India, Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, Noted Bollywood Actors like Mr. Imran Khan, Mr. Rahul Bose, Vir Das, Mr. Cyrus Broacha, Mr. Aftab Shivdasani, National Film Award winner, Mr. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Mr. Subhash Ghai, CEO of Future Group, Mr. Kishore Biyani, National Information Officer of United Nations Information Centre, Mr. Rajiv Chandran, Former Union Minister Mr. Manish Tewari, Union Cabinet Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu and had performances by Dance Maestro Mr. Shaimak Davar, Mr. Mudassar Khan, Veteran Singer Mr. Leslie Lewis and many more.

This conference which began in the year 2012 in its 1st year went on to host a record 1078 delegates which made it India’s Largest Model United Nations Conference. In 2013, the conference the conference went on to host 1900+ students making it Asia’s Largest Model Unitd Nations Conference.   In 2014, this conference reached another landmark by becoming the   World’s Largest Residential Model UN Conference.

IIMUN Kolkata is set out to be the largest youth conference in Eastern India. The conference will host more than 400 students from in and around the city, Bihar, Orissa, North-east, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh and will showcase intense debate and discussion over a period of 3 days from December 11th -14th, 2014. It has been over 56 years since the inception of the United Nations, this global organization has benefitted each and every one of its member nations in ways more than one. The decrease in fissiparous tendencies, definitely, being the crowning jewel. However, with the turn of the 21st century, the emphasis is strongly on building one global village. It is to this end, that Model United Nations has come into existence. We have come to realize that with over 2000 such simulations taking place across the globe annually, the younger generation is fast grasping the nuances of international relations and politics.
 
Additionally, the one prominent thing that is absent is that the voice of the youth is not reaching the concerned authorities. So for the first time ever in any Model United Nations, the resolutions that will be passed shall be forwarded to the exact committees that you will be role-playing. This conference is a unique one, as you will gauge for yourself from the list of committees being simulated! Participation of institutions for this conference is by invite only. On the basis of the extra-¬¬ curricular activities and the past record of your school at such events, we on behalf of the organization would like to take this opportunity and invite your institution to be a part of this educational extravaganza.
 
Speaking to the media, Mr. Rishabh Shah, Founder President of IIMUN said, “IIMUN is an organization of the youth, by the youth and for the youth. Managed and run by a bunch of students from the age group of 16-20 years. The purpose of organizing IIMUN Chapters is to increase awareness amongst students about International Relations, Geo-political scenario and teach them more about the United Nations. Over the past year, IIMUN embarked on a journey to spread the message of the UN to 12 cities across the country. Committees were simulated in local languages, Hindi and with different variations as to ensure that we reached to as many as people possible. IIMUN is proud to have reached a cumulative participation of over 15,000 students in these chapters.”
 
IIMUN 2014 was the World’s Largest Residential Model United Nations Conference.  With 2000 delegates taking part in this conference at the beautiful venue of Retreat Hotel and Convention Center, this conference was yet again Asia’s Largest Youth Conference. Many luminaries from different fields congregated for the grand opening ceremony of IIMUN Mumbai 2014. The curtain raisers for the night were the dynamic duo Mr. Imran Khan and Mr. Abbas Tyrewala. The ceremony had Mr. Ronnie Screwvala as the Keynote Speaker and Mr. Shashi Tharoor as the Chief Guest. It also had dance maestro Mr. Mudassar Khan and veteran singer Mr. Leslie Lewis perform. This conference was honored to have a letter by Hon. Secretary General of UN, Mr. Ban Ki Moon and Former President of India, Ms. Pratibha Patil motivating the students. The conference concluded by the presence of none other than the Chief of Education Outreach of United Nations, Ms. Nathalie Leroy who flew down from UN headquarters New York especially for the conference.

With India touted to be one of the leading candidates to become the next super power by the pundits, there has never been more need for young leaders. Youth represents the Modern India, young mindsets, young visions and new perceptions. There is a great burst in the youth to be more effective and involved in social issues. The youth today feels an urge to speak up, to stand by itself and its beliefs and ideals. Here, the Indian International Model United Nations is trying to create platforms to bring the youth forward by providing the youth a responsible medium to put forth their ideas. Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the UN where students don the hats of diplomats and try to solve global issues.
Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN) is one of the India’s leading brands in education conference management having organized the Asia’s Largest Youth Conference in Mumbai amongst the many other conferences. Being a conference for the youth by the youth, it is run completely by students in age group of 16-22 years. It provides the youth a platform to voice their opinions by forwarding their drafted resolutions to the United Nations. It is also the first MUN in Asia to have its own procedure.