Thursday, December 1, 2016

Anwesha's Annual Awareness Programme "Anweshan 2016"

Anweshan 2016 

Anwehsa Kolkata – an association of parents and well wishers of children & persons with hearing impairment celebrated its 11th annual awareness programme Anweshan 2016 on 28th September 2016 at Rotary Sadan. The show comprised colourful programmes like dance by little children, skit, Discussion session on Communication options for children with hearing impairment, beautifully displayed mime by renowned artist Sri Suvendu Mukhopadhay and musical performance by singer Sri Gautam Das Baul.

The programme commenced with the welcome dance by children with hearing impairment sharp at 6.00 p.m. The dazzling display of dance by children with perfect steps to the tune and rhythm kept the audience glued to the seats. Sri Debasish Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Special Guest, delivered a brief speech on the occasion and conveyed his best wishes for the success of the programme. 
Smt Snigdha Sarkar, President, Anwesha Kolkata gave a presentation titled “A Glimpse of Anwesha’s Journey of Twelve Years” before the audience. Then the children from Anwesha put up an excellent show by presenting a skit on Durga Puja. It was a visual delight.

Sri Subrata Banerjee, Director, Pratibandhi Kalyan Kendra (PKK), Smt Sampa Nath, Senior Programme Manager, Deaf Child Worldwide (DCW)-Asia, and Rotarian Rajkumar Aurora, Secretary Rotary Club of Calcutta graced the programme as guests. They felicitated Mr. Achyut Mukherjee, Mr. Anudeep Saha, Ms. Kaushani Ghatak and Ms. Debopriya Ghosh for their achievement in academic fields and Mr. Tanuj Mukherjee for having achieved a remarkable height in the field of sports, for winning Bronze in Men’s Doubles in World Deaf Table Tennis Championship held recently in Samsun Turkey.
Seven parents, who successfully completed the Parents Training Course, were awarded certificates. One mother received the best parent award based on overall performance throughout the year.

Post the felicitation, guests were requested to speak. Smt Shampa Nath from DCW said a few words. She expressed her happiness at meeting the children and at the commitment of the parents. She marvelled that parents were doing so much work and in so many spheres. Sri Subrata Banerjee, PKK a friend from the beginning, said that he was happy to be a part of the programme and wished well for the organisation. Rotarian Rajkumar Aurora expressed his pleasure at being able to be a part of the programme and wished well for the organisation.

An interactive session on “Discussion on Communication Options for children with hearing impairment” was held. Sri Supriya Kumar, Technical Advisor, DCW moderated the programme. Smt Tulika Das, Director, SANCHAR AROD, Sri Arup Nandan Das Adhikary, Audiologist from Bengal Speech Hearing Pvt Ltd, Smt Sneha Das Gupta and Sri Suvrojyoti Sur, young adults with deafness and Smt Snigdha Sarkar, President Anwesha Kolkata comprised the panel.

Sri Supriya Kumar thereafter asked Sri Suvrojyoti Sur and Smt Sneha Das Gupta to share their experience. Sri Sur is a young adult who communicated through sign language. His signs were translated into Bengali by Sign Language interpreter Smt Shubha Lahiri who was interpreting the whole programme into sign language from the beginning. The other mode that was used for convenience of deaf adults who did not use sign language was speech to text by a friend volunteer simultaneously.

Smt Sneha Das Gupta is also a young adult who used hearing aids and communicated orally and  shared the difficulties she encountered in school, college and all through her studies because she could not understand the speech of the teachers. She said that if there were visual options such as speech to text, close captioning of programmes on TV or at theatre hall, life could be much easier for persons like her.

After the session, Ms. Kuhu Das, Director, AWWD, a friend of Anwesha Kolkata for a long time, launched the souvenir published on the occasion.
After a little pause, the audience were mesmerized to see the wonderful mime act of Mr. Suvendu Mukhopadhyay. He beautifully portrayed the expression & feelings of a person with disability. Mr. Probir Banik assisted him well and presented a comedy on “Dentist and Patient” and the audience appreciated a lot on spot.

Thereafter, Sri Gautam Das Baul and his team presented baul songs which amazed each and everyone in the hall. He and his team sang for a good three quarter of an hour.
Last but not the least, Ms. Soma Ghosh, Secretary, Anwesha Kolkata offered vote of thanks and acknowledged the contribution of all in making the programme a success including thanking various sponsors. Without the financial support from the following organizations, the programme could not run smoothly.

Area of Sponsorship
Commissioner Disabilities, Govt. Of WB
Awareness Programme
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Cultural Programme
Rotary Club District 3291
Venue and Others
Koncept Webitisement
Gupta Brothers
Refreshment (Part)
United Bank of India

Publicity Materials: Publication of Souvenir and Annual Report
Bengal NRI Complex
Woodrock Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.
Khaitan Electricals Ltd.
Shakti Services.Investigator
Eclat Events Pvt. Ltd.
Shivam Services
Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd.
Dey’s Medical

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