Monday, November 26, 2012

Laadli Media Awards For Gender Sensitivity

On 22nd November the fourth round of the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitive by Population First supported by UNFPA and in collaboration with Kolkata Sanved was held.

The eighteen awardees have been chosen from among more than around 213 entries that were received from around 150 journalists and media persons. The awards cover six languages and 20 categories.

Most of the awards winning entries reflect a concern and sensitivity on the part of the journalists to bring into focus the trials and tribulations of women particularly from tribal communities.

They also reflect critical thinking on the retrograde social practices and beliefs which abridge the rights and restrict the freedom of women. It is heartening to note the underprivileged an marginalized women getting such media attention.

The Programme Schedule was filled by a performance by Kolkata Sanved, the presentation of Awards, Songs by Usha Uthup and a short drama by Suanjana Das Gupta.

Kolkata Sanved presented “Prioti – The Driving Force” which is not merely a performance but also an expression of energy and spirit. It is about the Sanved, their quest to move forward, the sstrength that has given them the courage to dream and encourage others to dream as well.

Kolkata Sanved is proud to be a part so that we could also raise our voice trough dance and be a part of the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity.

Friday, November 16, 2012

America meets Kolkata Sanved

 On the 8th November the American Consulate came to visit us.

The theme of this meeting was the traditional India. And so the preparations started early since we wanted to decorate the work accordingly.
On the morning of the visit every one of Kolkata sanved helped to set the last handles so that everything would be perfect.
And then it came the time when it was said : America meets Kolkata Sanved.

Suitable to the topic we welcomed our guests in a traditional indian way.
After the welcoming we showed them our office and a film made by Kolkata sanved. So that they could get a image what our work is about.
To delve into it they had a conversation to our Director Sohini.
After all the talking we wanted to visualize what was said.
A DMT session was prepared in which every one part took. The topic about that session was “fun”.
And everyone had a lot of fun. We enjoyed it a lot.
After the strugle of the session we wanted them to relax and enjoy during the performance of the girls.
The girls said they have been very nervous. But all the nerviness wasn’t necessary because the girls showed their talent and their know how.
Our visitors were impressed and both sides had the time to exchange questions and get to know each other better.
To a traditional indian invitation the food belongs as well which the americans and Staff from Sanved enjoyed a lot. It was very Yummy :)

And then the evening ended with a lot of fun and two different cultures got to know each other better.



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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Light a Candle in a Child's Heart

Every child should have a light in his heart. Children are very special. And  therefore, they should be celebrated every day and reminded that they have that special light in them.
Since this is sometimes missed out we took the Children's Day on occasion to celebrate the children and show them how important they are.
This year our children’s Day theme was “Light a candle in a Child’s heart”.
All the preparations that had to be done, the decoration and the errands made us feel full of anticipation. Finally the last hand grips had to be made and we were ready waiting for our guests and especially for the children.
When the bus full packed with all the children of Hamari Muskan arrived the joy was great. We welcomed them. Then we sat in the yard which we decorated just for them. There we talked, did a final rehearsal for the performance and inflated balloons with which we played.
The time passed by very quickly and soon all the other guests came. One of our guest was Alokananda Roy, a famous awarded dancer. We were very happy and glad to have her with us and that she took the time to celebrate with us this special day for children.
With her help, we unleashed our Diwali fire.
 The girls of Hamari Muskan had prepared a performance. They danced full of pride.
But also the other children had prepared something and everyone was full of pride to show their prepared performances. It was a lot of fun, watching the performances. The program was fulfilled with dancing, singing, drumming and poems pre said and more.
Whether young or old, we are all children, and so everyone took part in the free dance and everyone, without exception enjoyed it.
And after that everyone was hungry and we were thankful for strengthening.
We lit all over the office the lights and when everywhere the lights very on and everyone had a sparklers ignited it looked like a complete sea full of candles.
But every enjoyable day has to end sometime so we thank all the children who made this day unforgettable and amused all of us we hope we could kindled a new light in all these children’s heart.