"Time has come for APPAN to now take a quantum leap, to identify more artists, help them shed their natural, and historical apathy and bring them together on a single platform. It is only by speaking in one voice that they will be able to claim their rightful place on the world's intellectual and moral stage and act as a strong buffer against the growing trends of violence and despair in the world. It is only by understanding and appreciating their own work and its significance that they will be able to make a real difference in terms of the downward thrust of the quality of life in the world today. It is this that APPAN plans to help them do."

Opening Remarks by Shanta Serbjeet Singh, Chairperson