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Colourful Walk marks Mother's Day in Kolkata


C S BHATTACHARJEE | Kolkata, May 13, 2012 22:04
Tags : Mother's Day | Kolkata |Shimul | |

Shimul, an NGO working for the future mothers, on Sunday celebrated World Mothers’ Day, with a walk. The walk started at the dawn from Rama Krishna Mission at Gole Park and ended at the same place after covering a few kilometers.

The procession was attended by several dignitaries like former Mayor of Kolkata Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, actresses Ushasie Chakraborty, Pallavi Chatterjee, Locket Chatterjee and several high ranking police officials. About 1200 participants, mainly girls of different ages, walked through the streets with songs and dances.

Shimul supports poor but meritorious girl students from backward regions of the state. It's present centre at Dhakuria shelters about 60 girls students. “Most of these girls are from naxal affected area of Jungle Mahal in West Medinipur. Many girls left their home due to political turbulence, to pursue studies. Girls from most backward districts of Murshidabad, Malda, Bankura and Purulia are also residing here,” Mousumi Roy of Shimul told TSI.

On Shiumul’s activities, Mousumi roy said, “We have been at it for the last eight years through benevolent donations and our self investment. We never sought foreign or state government’s grant. Yet, we planned out our next building to shelter 100 girls.” 

The girls, sheltered at Shimul’s Home, joined en-mass in the rally. Some of their friends and parents too walked to boost Shimul.  The Walk caught citizens’ attention with its decorated traditional Chhau Dances of Purulia, depicting ‘Power of Mothers’. 25 Chhau dancers participated in this walk. Bauls chanted their songs with Ektaras (one-stringers), Kathputli dancers were displaying their arts all through the walk.

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