25th November, 2013
World Mental Health Day
Every year IS celebrates World Mental Health Day.
Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR
9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata – 71
6 pm to 8.30 pm
About the Event
This year’s annual programme and cultural event in the celebration of World Mental health day showcased the reality that surrounds the plight of homeless persons with psychosocial disabilities. This year, the programme was titled “Aami Tomari Matiro Konna” placing emphasis on the importance and necessity of stances such as acceptance, non-discrimination and unity within our society.
Co-founder and Secretary Ms. Sarbani das Roy gave the welcome address and Ms. Gunjan Chandak Khemka and Mr. Subir Sen facilitated the rest of the evening.
Noted director Shri. Ray Chakraborty gave the keynote address, and other dignitaries, actress Ms. Koel Mullick, Maureen Forrest, Director of Hope Foundation and Dr Jai Ranjan Ram also shared their thoughts and addressed the gathering.
All the guests were joined by Rotarian Mr. Rajendra Khandelwal and Governing Body Member Ms. Kalpana Basu Majumdar and two of the residents of the shelter to inaugurate the event.
This year’s programme was based on Tagore’s Chandalika – a highly resonating and impacting story within the lives of the homeless women with psychosocial disabilities. It introduces us to introduces us to Chandalika, an untouchable and the daughter of a black magician ‘Chandal’ who emerges as a voice of the silenced and marginalised in history. She is a rebel who questions societal norms that relegated her to an existence of a lesser being, an untouchable.
This feeling resonates with many of the lives we at Iswar Sankalpa work with. Shunned by society and forgotten by loved ones, people with psychosocial disabilities often are alone, with no one to turn to. Today, this dance drama based on Chandalika – Aami tomari matiro konna by homeless women with psychosocial disabilities expresses their journey – and their voices – to be heard, to be understood and to be supported.
This was followed by a twenty minute tea break where the attendees could also see the exhibition of the products made by the clients and place orders. The evening ended with a musical performance by distinguished Rabindra sangeet singer, Ms. Shreya Guhathakurta.