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)