“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronisingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. “- Nelson Mandela
Could’t nagree more to this quote of Mr.Mandela, when I watch annual event of Tamana NGO. It amazes me that how, Tamana, the NGO dedicated to the cause of disability, has shown the world that how disability can be turned into celebration of life with help of eachother . This year was all the way more important as Tamana NGO celebrated its 40th year- The Ruby Anniversary, with a fashion show titled “Celebrations”, at Hyatt Regency, Delhi. The showcasing was an homage to inclusion of the differently-abled in society, displaying their immeasurable courage through a ramp walk, supported by The FDCI CSF Trust.
The show witnessed 80 multiply-disabled and autistic individuals, who walked confidently with several dignitaries. All decked up in red, celebrating Ruby Anniversary, we could feel the vibrancy everywhere. According to the President of Tamana, Dr. Shayama Chona Padma Bhushan & Padma Shri awardee, “For the last 40 years, Tamana has been upholding for this cause and today the three centers, providing world-class services.”
The chief guest, Dr. Justice DY Chandrachud, Chief Justice of India pledged his support to the cause, which was also promoted by Mr. Sunil Sethi, Chairman Fashion Design Council of India and the FDCI CSF Trust. Leading names from the design world – J J Valaya, Suneet Varma, Payal Jain, Anju Modi, Namrata Joshipura, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Amit Aggarwal, and Ashish Soni showcased their collections at the fashion show.
A key highlight was Tamana Chona, National Awardee, and the inspiration behind Tamana NGO, who exhibited her artwork and merchandise exclusively adapted from abstract art at the event. Lady in red, Tamana has become a symbol of hope and crusader for the differently abled, proving that given the right care and interventions anyone can realise their full potential.
The Fashion Design Council of India has fostered an endearing relationship for many years now with Mrs. Chona and daughter, Tamana. Fashion brought happiness to life in hues of ruby red, as five garments each by the designers narrated a tale of the fire within, to surmount myriad odds and emerge victorious.
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