Pandit Prodyut Mukherjee
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Earlier this week Tookhar Tamasha Arts celebrated Canada 150 years with local and overseas performers in their field at "JHOOM CANADA JHOOM" and in support of Project Udaan (PU) at Glenforest Secondary school in Mississauga, Ontario.
The ceremony was graced and inaugurated by Indira Naidoo-Harris, Member of Provincial Party, Minister of the Status of Women and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care.
Min. Naidoo-Harris said, "I feel honored to have been invited to watch this extraordinary performance.”
Maestro Prodyut Mukherjee is a new age percussionist and has contributed his superb perforamance the Rhythmexpress fused with depth and soul.
Apart from the musical performance, he captivated the audience with the realistic reproduction of various sounds, such as the noise horses make on hooves while moving and the noise trains create on the railway tracks, etc.
The revenue from this event will promote the Project Udaan (PU) which aims to rescue and rehabilitate numerous prostitute children in Kolkata.
PU is a pilot project for the Sonagachi red light area in Kolkata, one of the largest red light areas in Asia.
This red light area signifies several hundred multi-story brothels with about 11,000 workers and 14,300 children. 3,400 children among these are in the age group of 1 to 10 years.
PU plans to raise these children as their own by providing free food, shelter, clothing, medical help, education, vocational training and hope for the future.
The plan involves building a secure house far from the red light area for the 50 girls to be rescued in the age group of 5 to 18 years.
This will encourage, it was hoped by PU, other NGOs to take up this cause to help the remaining 1.2 million such needy children across India.
PU plans to Set up Skills & Vocational Training center with enriching and safe environment for all-round development of personality of these children.
PU’s plans also include organizing Bal Chetana Shibirs, which have been established especially for the development of self worth and to restore the joys of childhood and innocence among the children.
PU will also organize The ART Excel course for children aged between 8 and 13 years, to help them gain good personal skills.
ART Excel students are taught life skills, yoga and breathing processes through which they get rid of fear and anxiety and inculcate focus and concentration
Empowerment programs for the Older Girl Child are also organized where these girls would be encouraged to undertake initiatives at the community level leading to improving their overall living conditions.
The participants will be provided with a full training with regard to their physical, mental and emotional health to prepare them for future challenges in life.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Shelley Marshall, a Toronto woman who herself had experienced mental health issues ever since her childhood, turned her spacious home to share with people suffering from mental health as well as with people who desired to get mental wellness, media reports said.
In one of the posts in her face book account Marshall said,
“I lived in a Home where we were never allowed to have friends over. The curtains were shut tight with clothes pegs and if anyone knocked on the door... we hid. It explains the Complex PTSD I live with, but to fight the symptoms of my illness... I opened up my loft in Toronto and it's been amazing.”
Twice a week Marshall opened the doors of her Leslieville loft, located on Carlaw Avenue in Toronto, named as Mental Wellness Loft by Marshall.
Mental Wellness Loft was furnished with two couches and a bed where people could dance, stretch, and try out some yoga.
Marshall provides snacks and food for the visitors and plans activities for them.
Marshall from her own experience had found accessing mental health services very difficult.
Marshall said she often experienced difficulties with clinical counselling.
“I lasted two sessions and said this is more traumatizing than anything I have ever been through,” she said.
“There are ways to heal, and it’s not always medication and it’s not always going to see a doctor. It’s seeing people who are living with the same struggles that you have and then we begin to laugh about it,” Marshall said, GlobalNews reports said.
She said there should be more spaces like the Mental Wellness Loft, where people can be together and connect.
"I just think maybe if someone sees what's happening, they'll be inspired to see that these places are what we need. Not emergency rooms," said Marshall, CBCNews reports said.
Marshall used the proceeds from her one-woman play, Hold Mommy's Cigarette, to fund the project.
Over time people started to donate for the loft and artists and musicians had started to donate their time.
Frank Hovart tweeted to Marshall,“My definition of an amazing humanitarian @shelleymarshall #MentalHealth #Art”
Another post by Marshall on her facebook account says, “TORONTO! My Play is coming back to my Loft! 100 % of every ticket sold will go to my Mental Wellness Workshops here in The Full Bawdy Loft. It's my way of giving back and taking time to be in the company with those that want to create and feel compassion without a clinical setting. I have created a space that celebrates wellness through Art, Song, Movement and Rest. I have been in relapse now for about 6 months, unable to leave my home and just starting to feel the cocoon break away. Please come or if you would like to donate tickets to someone that otherwise could not come they are $25 email me email@example.com."
Marshall said she had had very good response to the loft and visitors find the loft welcoming with inclusive atmosphere.
"When I answer the phone we talk for 20 minutes, and by the time the conversation's over, they are going to come. People who haven't left their home in three months, they're coming," Said Marshall, CBCNEWS reports said.
(Posting by Asha Bajaj)
Image of Shelley Marshall: Wikipedia