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Family Day 2022
"FAMILY DAY" was celebrated for the 5th time with great fervour by Pratidhwani WB in collaboration with Anwesha Kolkata on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at Bishop’s College, Beck Bagan, Kolkata. Around 90 people, including deaf children, young adults, and their families from Kolkata and the adjoining districts of West Bengal, actively participated in the event, along with guests.
We all gathered in the college ground building at 10.30 a.m. The inauguration programme took place at the ground after finishing the registration formalities and breakfast. The programme began with March Past, which was attended by all participants. Then, the programme was inaugurated by lighting diyas in a flower-filled water container by Ms. Mita Banerjee, Ex-Commissioner, Persons with Disabilities, Govt. of West Bengal; Ms. Supriya Sengupta, former Special Educator, AJYNISHD; Mr. Soumen Upadhyay, General Secretary, Parivaar Bengal; Mr. Tushar Jana, President, Pratidhwani WB; and a member from each of the groups. Our well-wishers and friends like Ms. Srila Bose, Ms. Sankari Ghosh, and Mr. Sudipto Banerjee also joined during the celebration of the program.
Around 11:30 A.M, the guests and parents were requested to take their seats in a well decorated classroom in the vicinity of the playground. Ms. Snigdha Sarkar, President, Anwesha Kolkata requested Supriya Di, to come on stage and deliver the welcome speech. Ms. Sengupta said “Pratidhwani WB’s Family Day is a wonderful platform and the parents should maintain the spirit of togetherness. The strength of the society lies in the family and it was important for families to come under a platform to feel the strength of togetherness and solidarity.”
Ms. Sneha Chowdhury, Mr. Amit Das, Ms. Arpita Sengupta Roy, Ms. Anurupa Ghosh, Mr. Arijit Roy, Ms. Jhumi Dhar – all deaf young adults were requested to come on stage and share the success stories which motivated everyone sitting in the hall. A few parents also shared their parenting experience with their deaf children which were as motivating.
A sit and draw event simultaneously was organized where all the children took part spontaneously. All sports related things were timely set up and the equipment were arranged by the sports team under the guidance of our parent members. All games were conducted aptly and every one enjoyed. After the sports activity; we came back to the dining hall for the delicious lunch at 2.00 p.m.
Post lunch, the attractions were magic show and cultural performance by deaf children & young adults. The tricks of the magician, recitation by Abhirup and Arpita and dance performance of Antik and his friend Nilomraj were appreciated and everyone enjoyed it immensely. At the end, all children and young adults were given a gift as a token of love.
The parents learnt about different issues facing their children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) through an interactive seminar while the children enjoyed the togetherness amidst different fun-filled and learning activities. It was a great day for the children, young adults, their parents and family members and teachers as well, as it strengthened the bond between all of us.
We are thankful to Bishop's College, Kunal Engineering Private Ltd., special guests, friends, members and well-wishers of Pratidhwani West Bengal for their contribution in making the programme a grand success.
1. March Past
2. Experience sharing by Parents and DHH Adults
3. Sit and Draw
6. Cultural Programme
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