Cultural Events 2019
A Mental Health seminar and a Cultural event was successfully concluded at the Tihar Jail No. 6 on the 27th of November, 2019. The event started with lighting the candelabrum by the SP Ma'am of the jail. The event then proceeded with mehendi and drawing competitions being organised on the theme of mental health, air pollution and sensitive issues like Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao. This acted as a stress buster for the inmates and allowed them to get in touch with their creative side. The program went ahead with Welcome Dance after which followed the Mental Health Seminar. The objective of the seminar was to demystify and de-stigmatize mental health difficulties. After the impactful and engaging seminar there were a series of events including dance, soulful singing, comedy acts etc all performed by the inmates. The nukkad natak team of PARAS INDIA performed nataks on themes of mental health and education. It compelled everyone in the audience to give a thought to the education of girl child. The event also included a section where inmates recited poems and shared their experiences with PARAS INDIA NGO. It was a proud moment to witness when inmates talked about their learnings and awareness that they have received from our counsellors in the jail. There was a group dance by a team of inmates from the African subcontinent who performed Kwaito, a popular genre of dance from South Africa. It was a new experience for everyone present including the chief guest DIG Tihar Headquarters. The event concluded with winner announcement and prize distribution from the Chief Guest. The event would be etched in the memory of the audience forever..
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS AT PARAS
At PARAS India, we celebrate freedom as a festival of joyful learning of the struggles of our founding forefathers who fought for independence.
On this 15th of August, we completed 73 years of our freedom. PARAS India celebrated it by flag hoisting at our centres in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and various slums at urban locations of Delhi.
The events included rallies being conducted at the neighbourhood locations. Children were encouraged to make and bring posters for the rallies. Children delivered impressive performances on the occasion. The recitation of the patriotic songs left the crowd awestruck. The fervour ran high while stage plays were organised, demonstrating how young men have time and again sacrificed their lives at times of war.
The celebrations concluded with the message of how we can be good citizens to our nation by performing our duties. The duty of the children is to study and observe things. A good citizen must keep its country clean, be kind to the environment, respect fraternity, preserve our history and culture. At last, Paras India thanked children and support team for their continuous support and engagement.
SPANDAN… (A Cultural Event in Tihar) (18 th June 2019)
PARAS India organized a cultural festival “Spandan” in Tihar Jail no. 6 on18 th June 2019. The theme of this cultural event was “Promoting Good Mental Health”.
The chief guest of this event was Shri. S. S. Parihar, DIG prisons, DANICS, and other invited guest were
Shri. Rajiv Chopra, DANICS, DIG prisons, the superintendent of Tihar Jail no. 6, Sarita Sabhrawal and all the jail no. 6 staff.
It started with a welcome dance performance by an inmate who showed up a glazing performance. It was succeeded by a poem reciting performance by another inmate based on the theme which touched
everyone’s heart out there. Singing competition brought some hidden talents into spotlight and the prison atmosphere was filled with awe and exuberance. A dance drama was performed by the female inmates named “The Journey…!” It sketched beautifully the journey of few drug addict women into Tihar Jail and their evolution for the better. Also, a drawing competition was organized where inmates drew beautiful sketches pouring their heart and soul into it.
Our Team performed a drama on theme of “Child Labor” and “Girl Child education”. The event concluded with a prize distribution ceremony among inmates which was done by the chief guest and jail staff. An encouraging message was given by our director to the inmates who provided a ray of hope to them. Also,a vote of thanks to the authorities and guests was delivered by the end of this event. Nearly 200 women inmates and 50 Jail staff attended the event.
REPUBLIC DAY (26th January 2019)
The celebration of India’s 70th Republic day took place in PARAS at all its work areas in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Bundelkhand. This year’s theme was “MAHATMA GANDHI”, India’s pro-independence leader. The father of Nation, ‘Bapu’- spent his life teaching the principles of non-violence, peace, and unity. Different activities were arranged at all its work areas which consisted of the rally, followed by flag hosting which was further followed by a cultural program, lok Samvaad, and distribution of refreshment. The audience was made aware of different government schemes by the guests. Various dances, dramas, and plays were performed which gave awareness on the importance of education, gender parity, health, and women empowerment. The event was attended by Gram Pradhan, Jan Pratinidhi, kshetriya vidhayak, men, women, and children from the slum and tribal areas.