Children and Volunteers of Dhakuria Public Action Group presents “THiNk FrEE”@ DAkHinaPon
On the auspicious occasion of our 68th Republic Day, the Dhakuria Public Action group of Child Rights and You organized their annual event, “THINK FREE” scheduled at Dakshinapan Shopping Complex from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It is a yearly event, managed by the volunteers, held in Dhakuria which endorses the potential talent of the kids. The kids have been practising for months and their excitement was brimming with enthusiasm. We had volunteers from across the city to conduct this eventful episode of fun and entertainment.
After all the necessary arrangements and setup the event finally took a kick start. Kavitha and Jojo gave a crisp introduction of CRY and narrated the outline of the event which comprised Singing, dancing and dramatics. We had a lovely beginning with the kids singing Bengali song in full rhythm. They all had a fantastic energy. This was followed by a special solo dance performance by Sujata Das who mesmerized us with her spectacular steps. Her mother Shanti Das went emotional after this performance and said “It’s wonderful to see my daughter on stage. I have my blessings with her and hope she always moves forward in her life”. The crowd was equally appreciative of her performance.
Now it was the time for volunteers to strike a few notes. Supratim and Jojo lending their beautiful voices with soulful music. Next was Debjani Di ready with her directorial venture. The story “Magic Ayena” is written on the concept of Magic Mirror, which can show your true self, your inner power of achieving something in life. Because Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. The kids were looking adorable in their makeup and costume. The play was received very well by the audience where kids’ parents were also present. They all looked proud and happy to see their kids perform. Amongst the audience, we had a visitor from London named Haity and she was really impressed by the art and craft display by the kids, which was also put on exhibition.
We had some of our volunteers going down the memory lane and sharing some of their childhood experiences, hoping to have a positive influence on the kids. It was time for one more singing performance both by volunteers and kids. The kids commemorated our Republic day with a wonderful song “Mera Mulk Mera Desh Mera Ye Watan”.One of our PAG kids, Amit gave an amazing speech about Republic Day & CRY in his mother tongue. We also had Ankit Gupta, another PAG kid, giving a warm speech that CRY has shown him the path to progress and he also aspires to run an NGO one day to help the underprivileged kids.
Finally we our last performance of the evening with the volunteers singing a beautiful melody together and kids performing a dance on the song-“Maa Tujhe Salaam”. Arpita, one of our volunteers, had her parents there who said “We appreciate the efforts taken by CRY for this noble cause. Great to see that they provide such a platform to these wonderful kids. We hope that more people will come forward to support this movement and give our children a better future”.
Mr and Mrs Sinha, Proprietors of “Glass House” (Event Sponsors) were thanked for their amazing support and encouragement. Mrs Sinha said, “I feel proud to be associated with CRY. I appreciate the volunteers for the work they are doing as it motivates the kids to harness their hidden potential”.
Anindita Ma’am from CRY felicitated the guests and thanked them for their support. Mr Sinha awarded the certificates to all the participants and praised them for their contribution. Food packets and chocolates were distributed to the kids which again brought a smile on their face. Inspired by our efforts, a lady from the audience, announced to gift ice creams to all the kids. Such a sweet gesture from her! Finally we wrapped up this memorable event with our National Anthem as it was apt to celebrate the momentous occasion. We will continue our pledge and support to these kids and come up with such amazing events in future also.
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