The one hundred years of life that have passed are news in themselves, but sometimes a life that was concluded before will be celebrated for millennia. This is the case of Mother Teresa of Calcutta who did not limit herself to reaching old age but committed herself to leaving her mission alive. This is why the centenary of his birth was celebrated in Parma with a wonderful show that Darina reports in this report.
Lying on the white sand of the beach, with the feet caressed by the soft waves of the sea and surrounded by the discreet eyes of the rocks, is, perhaps for most of us, the ideal way to spend the holidays. Imagination leads you to travel the world on a sailboat, stopping in every country that meets the right time to get to know each other and start again with other human discoveries. A journey that enriches and surprises you, a dream that more often than not remains a dream, but that became life for you.
Small stature, small physical, of a beauty that left something to be desired, with a voice that was not so sweet, conquered the World because it was a part of it. Mother Teresa of Calcutta did not stop dreaming and wish everyone had the chance to live, but she grabbed her cardboard suitcase where she placed her only wealth, the Bible, and set off in search of the knees soaked in life to remember their.
It may have been this thought that undoubtedly runs through your mind a few days before the centenary of his birth that led the Albanian Association "Scanderbeg" of Parma to want to commemorate it in a big way but with the simplicity that belonged to it and the willpower that distinguished it and that "Scanderbeg" made its own.
Thus, part of the holidays of Durim Lika, the Organizational Director of the Association and his wife Elvira, turned into the tortuous journey that brought them to the destination of 31 last August defined at the Toscanini auditorium in Parma with “The concert for Mother Teresa "To celebrate the centenary of his birth.
The idea of the feast in the name of the Holy Mother has long pursued the projects of the association. Thus, the talent of young people from the "Robert Radoja" dance school in Tirana, present in Italy thanks to the recommendation of the masters of the Albanian dance school of the "Scanderbeg" Association, Albert and Lindita Bekja, to Carlo Devoti, President of "VivasWorld "That every year brings together talents from all over the world on a tour of the Emilia-Romagna region, has inspired and awakened the tenacity of Durim who, backed by Elvira, has made it possible in record time to create a magnificent show to honor as an association the best of the daughters of the Eagle, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
The success of this evening was guaranteed. Only a few days before in Langhirano, in the province of Parma, the fifty young artists of the dance school of Tirana, had enchanted the audience present at the show that every year Carlo Devoti with his association offers in the Region but nobody, perhaps, would have expected the sold out for the centenary of Mother Teresa. With impromptu spectators looking out the windows in order to catch a glimpse and admire the colors and dances of Albania from the doors of the Toscanini auditorium left open by the heat brought by the group of people who wanted to be there.
To think that everything started under an extinguished star. The dance group of Tirana seemed destined never to leave for the most squalid of the bureaucracies. A guarantee of economic support in Italy to ten of the small artists, poor in assets but rich in soul and talent, the dream of seeing the commitment made with Vivasworld to give voice to the art of Albania and its talented children.
It was the start of the race! Hundreds of interminable phone calls, holidays for most of the staff of the association and its collaborators invested in bureaucratic procedures, the generosity of Carlo Devoti to guarantee the sums due for having in his tour of art and culture the Albanian participants and above all the certainty to bring one of the most beautiful representations of Albania, they have gradually illuminated the star in shadow. A memorable show, with perfectly fitting costumes and an indestructible strength. "We want to amaze", - the director of the Tirana art school "Rober Radoja", Thanas Gega, confessed to us excitedly before the show. Together with his choreographer Lindita Kaimi, Thanas Gega ran back and forth in the narrow space behind the scenes. The evening's program "went around Albania". The folkloristic colors of the magical costumes embroidered and faithfully sewn to the original ones danced lightly on the bodies of the dancers who seemed to flutter in the sky of Albania bringing its regions of today from the north to the south, and those torn away, like the Ciamuria (Cameria) , in the center of Parma, awakening the warmth of the auditorium that has made itself involved as never before.
The children of the Association's Albanian language and culture school, headed by the journalist and Vice-President of "Scanderbeg", Anila Kadija, opened the curtain by reciting - as true artists with long years of experience behind them - the poems in memory of Mother Teresa and of his homeland, Albania.
In the eyes of the many Italian spectators, including representatives of the municipality and the province, such as the inevitable Massimo Pinardi, the incredible satisfaction of participating in an event never seen before shone through. Gentian Alimadhi, President of the Scanderbeg Association, tried to hide in his smile the unique emotion that can be felt when you are aware of having beaten any record if you can count on devoted collaborators. Times were short and the usual interminable bureaucracy, but making Mother Teresa's country of origin known and honored deserved a "miracle". The cheerfulness has put us nothing to take over everyone. Russian dancers and singers invited to participate as a sign of brotherhood with the school of Tirana, which takes its name from an Albanian artist who enriched his talent in Russia, alternated with Albanian ones and continued to sing and dance the music of the Eagle at each performance.
You could see spectators intent on massaging the hands with which they had applauded the artists' efforts shortly before applauding. A few tears and a flickering chin has magically been set in more than one photo that Tonin Bajraktari, the Association's multimedia manager, has brilliantly welcomed. A show that has awakened memory, joys and sorrows, which makes you feel part of a great Country and makes you proud to discover with the music the strength of this people, of a Nation far greater than its borders and that has raised a small, petite, not even beautiful woman, with a big heart that enclosed the world, warm as the his land Albania.
Organized in a few days, with the auditorium "Toscanini" granted by the Municipality of Parma just two days before the established date, the race for the preparations and the sponsors that passed from the lodging place of the 50 Albanian dancers and many other Russians, to the search for Indrit Cela that she did as a skilled presenter to avoid the emptiness during the few minutes that the artists needed to change their clothes, the invitation mold and the launch of advertising on the net and mobile phones, the show turned out to be perfect.
That journey that so many dream of realizing all over the world, Mother Teresa of Calcutta makes it with the strength of the heart. He met the poor and the rich, pacifists and warriors, imams and priests, blacks and whites, workers and presidents, servants and queens, because he always gave space and voice to the soul and its God.
That journey that took her away from her land but never far away. She declared herself the daughter of the world born in the suffered Albania. He brought the love he learned to recognize in the Biceps Eagle to all the souls abandoned by the selfishness of man.
I wonder if, for those who believe in it, Mother Teresa of Calcutta has observed from the distant heavens, in the company, perhaps, of the many lives she has tried to save, the chasing of ideas from the staff of the "Scanderbeg" Association. Who knows if, along with his unmistakable look, he accompanied the tenacity of Durim Lika or whether it was she who made it possible to take advantage of the beautiful "Toscanini" auditorium granted by the Municipality of Parma which proves to be more and more a lover of Albanian folklore.
I wonder if the strength of Mother Teresa has touched the Italian embassy official in Tirana who has granted visas to the ten small and "poor" artists who have reached the ferry that left the port of Durres with a boat in the open sea in the direction of Bari. I wonder if behind all the difficulties encountered for the show was just you. Maybe, who knows, to make it clear even in small that the boat with which we dream of traveling the world must be real and revealed without fear. Perhaps he wanted to teach us that there are no unattainable goals, only goals to be achieved. Maybe he wanted to show us, that like her, it only takes heart to make that dream come true. The "Scanderbeg" association of Parma will certainly never know if from up there, you have followed them, but what is certain, is that they have honored its memory and its teachings. They have shown that the strength and tenacity of Mother Teresa is part of Albania and that her Earth will be indebted forever for having spread her name throughout the world.
One can never describe the feelings of others, and I believe, even the best ones. But with yourself you have more confidence and you will be more easily forgiven for some shortcomings, so I tell you in a single sentence what I felt in knowing the difficulties overcome by the "Scanderbeg" Association and in having admired the success of this wonderful show , hoping to represent everyone: I felt like a ciamuriot, an Albanian, an Illyrian and proud to be able to say that Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the daughter of God who loved India so much, brought to the world the love she herself learned to know from his nation.
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