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In May 2017 we launched our Monthly Meetup Initiative. Despite crores of people with disability in India, many remain invisible to most of us for various reasons. Also, having a disability can contribute to feelings of social isolation and not being understood or acknowledged. We organized these meet-ups for our friends with and without disabilities with the simple motive of being seen, dissolving barriers, having conversations and of course, celebrating with food, cinema, music and outings.
A short film on our inclusive meetups can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LdZUm_5iYw&t=4s
The 19 meetups we have meticulously curated and planned has facilitated people to come together despite their challenges and share suggestions for supporting each other in a welcoming, fun filled, joyful, non-judgmental and safe environment and of course return more aware.
Most importantly our monthly get togethers keep the social lives of people with disabilities active.
It is indeed challenging to source venues accessible for our wheelchair user friends in Mumbai and to come up with meetup ideas to keep the interest going for both our disabled and non-disabled friends. However, here are some details of a few of our meetups.
A short video on our first meetup can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2csP46JJHrg
||Date, time and venue || Event Description ||
| 1 ||21.5.17 4 -7 p.m. Bandra West ||Organized a Musical evening, sup-ported by talented singers EmonManjima, Mukesh Pancholi, Me-era followed by a drum session by Mumbai Drum Circle. Singers were accompanied by |
blind musicians of our Inclusive music Band- Pehli Baarish. Vet-eran actress Tanuja Ji joined us
|Mitu Bidichndani, |
Sudipta Mandal, EZY MOV, Tanujaji Aaheli, Shamali Gupta and
|18.6.17 2-6 p.m.RIMS Int-ernatio-nal |
School, Andheri west
|Antakshari for all planned like a competition with teams, rules, prizes, fierce competition. |
Conducted by Mr Suhail Moham-med. Highlight of the day was a lot of laughter and a bunch of
high-fives at the event.
|Shobha Sachdev, |
and EZY MOV
| 3 ||23.7.17 2:30-6 |
|One minute indoor games were organised for all ||Seventeen Events Trai-ning and promotions, EZY MOV and |
| 4 ||20.8.17 2.30-6 |
|Bollywood Quiz and Film making ||Seventeen Events Trai-ning and promotions along with Vishakha |
| 5||24.9.17 2.30-|
Thakre-y, Swi-mming -Compl-ex, Vile Parle e-ast
|Garba and Dandiya Raas |
A short video on this meetup can be viewed at:
|James Roy, |
Arvind Prabhoo, Ajay Tanna, Col Sundaram, Dipti Doshi and
| 6 ||29.10.17 Gossip G-7 |
|Golmaal Returns feature film screening ||Neenu Kewlani, Dipti Doshi and |
| 7||26.11.17 2-6pm Mahala-kshmi Race |
day at the Race Course
||Management of the |
RWITC, Mr Bergis
Desai, Dipti Doshi and EZY MOV
| 8 ||10.12.17 11-3|
|Visit to the JAYA HE Museum at the International Airport to cel-ebrate International Human Rights Day ||Rekha Nair and team |
| 9 ||13.1.18 11- 3.30 MIG |
|A refreshing talk by Self Advoc-ate Aditi of Aditi’s Corner. |
Ramp walk by the KIMKAN
girls. Performance by C Sharp Special kids, mimicry music by our friends.
Talk by Shilpi Kapoor
|Pilu Vidyarthi, Singer-Actor Shilpi Kapoor ofBarrier Break Technol-ogies, Shakuntala |
Barua, Veteran BengaliActor Hema Ganacharand IDOBRO
| 10||25.2.18 3.30-7 |
||Kala Sridhar and her entire team at ARK |
| 11 ||31.3.18 3.30-7 Adapt, Bandra || BRAIN GYM session ||Sushant Mysorekar |
from Brain Rhyme, Rekha Balgi and
| 12 ||29.4.18|
| Learning the art of making |
Mocktail & Cocktails
|Ace Mixologist- |
Grill and Bar
| 13 ||26.5.18 4-7 |
|Mental Hygiene and |
|Lopa De, Ritika Sahani |
| 14 ||24.6.18 3-6 |
Studio Don Bosco Colleg-e,
| Yoga session ||
| 15 ||21.7.18 1.45-4.30 |
Dosti HouseU S
|Screening of American showcase film “Becoming BulletProof” ||U.S Consulate GeneralMumbai. |
Geeta Castelino, James Ferrell,
and Shamali Gupta
| 16 ||30.9.18 10.30 to 4. 30 pm The Yoga Institute, Santa Cruz East ||Mindful Movement, Asanas, Pra-nayam, Games, Relaxation techn-iques, talk by Hansaji, |
Flute recital with satvik lunch
and evening refreshments
Director Yoga Institute Neelam Vaswani, Yoga instructor- Sudipta Mukherjee Mandal
of Meeraki, Celebrated flutist Naveen Kumar and pianist Gauri
Deshpnade Rekha Balgi, Mrs Desai and all at the Institute
| 17 ||23.12.18 –11 Metro |
|Special subtitled screening of Shah Rukh Khan starrer film-|
Gala, Shalini Gupta and team INOX
| 18 || 3.2.19|
| Sports Meetup where popular games were thought of and modified by Sunita Sancheti and Santosh Shriyan for our participants having different disabilities. Lagori was explained to all by our deaf friends from Sanskardham College of deaf education in sign language. We had a relay race, lemon and spoon, dog in the bone. ||
conducted by Saurav of Seventeen Events. Supported by Rise World Summit,
| 19 ||ADAP-T, |
viewing of our puppet show- The Learning Factory for
non-disabled children and their parents along with our friends with
disabilities together watched the musical puppet play- The Learning Factory.
Followed by a session on puppet making hosted by Sudipta
Desai, Street Konnect, Mangesh Shirpurkar, Aruna Shahane and Rekha Balgi
Our 1st Inclusive Monthly meetup was a Musical evening, held on the 21st of May at St. Pauls Media where a crowd of people with and without disabilities registered. Among them were persons who were deaf, blind, wheelchair users, adults with autism, adults who had epilepsy, senior citizens, non disabled friends and professionals from other NGOs and our friends from the LGBTQ community. Two musicians from our Inclusive music band Pehli Baarish were in attendance. The evening was lined with performances by Indian Idol finalists, Muskesh Pancholi, Emon Chatterjee and singer Manjima Goswami. Mumbai Drum Circle and veteran actress Tanujaji.
The 2nd Monthly Meetup was held on the 18th of June at RIMS International School at Andheri West. We organized Antakshari, professionally conducted by Mr Sohail Mohammed. The winning team was awarded certificates and gift hampers.
The 3rd Monthly meetup was held on the 23rd of July at Adapt Bandra (West). Seventeen Events Training and Promotions Team designed fun filled One min games for all which were played in teams.
The 4th Meetup took place on the 20th of August, once again supported by Team Seventeen events who organized Film Scene creating followed by Bollywood quiz.
For our September monthly meetup which was 5th in our series held on 24th September, we decided to host the very popular Dandiya for our friends, some of whom would have stepped out for the Garba dance for the first time in their lives. Our friend Arvind Prabhoo supported us by providing the Prabodhan Thakre Sports Swimming Complex Basement for the event and also sponsored the refreshments for all. A professional DJ provided the much needed music. Once again people having different disabilities and non disabled friends were present. We also had Deaf Sign language reporters, Dipti Doshi and Col. Sundaram, from the Newzhook Team covering the event.
For our 6th Monthly Meetup on 29th October we decided to step out and watch a film together. So Golmaal 2 screening at Gossip theatre in Bandra West, which is 50 percent accessible for our wheelchair user friends, was chosen as the film and venue.
With the commencement of the racing season in Mumbai, supported by our friend Mr Bergis Desai, the 7th Monthly Meetup was held at the Mahalakshmi Racecourse Worli on the 26th November. A first time for many of our friends with disabilities at the Course and many tried their hand at betting.
To celebrate Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, our 8th Monthly Meetup was made possible by an invite by the GVK International Airport for a Museum Tour inside the Airport for a group of 20.
For our 9th Monthly meetup on 13th January 2018 we received support from RISE INFINITY and hired the MIG Club hall and invited Singer/Actor Piloo Vidyarthi and veteran Bengali actor Shakuntalal Barua. We had live music by Young Adults with autism from C Sharp Special Kids World and a refreshing talk by Founder Barrier Break Shilpi Kapoor.
Everyone tried their hand at singing at the Karaoke tracks at our 10th Inclusive Monthly meetup supported by Kala Sridhar of ARK EVENTS on 25th Feb, 2018.
Sushant Mysorekar from BRAIN GYM conducted a session for our meetup members as part of our 11th Meetup on 31st March, 2018.
Our 12th Meetup was a refreshing Mixology session conducted by ace mixologist Shatbhi Basu at Chili’s American Grill and Bar.
On a slightly thought provoking note, the 13th Meetup was conducted by Regression therapist- Lopa de and a session on Soul Thumka was conducted by Ritika Sahni.
Our 14th Meetup to be held in July sadly had to be cancelled due to Mumbai rains.
15th Meetup was held at Dosti House, inside the US Consulate General Mumbai, wherein we screened the documentary Becoming Bulletproof a film with the entire cast of actors with disabilities.
Our 16th Meetup was held on 30th September, 2018 at the Yoga Institute in Santa Cruz East, where everyone learned relaxation techniques like Pranayam, Mind movement and witnessed performances by flutist Naveen Kumar and pianist Gauri Deshpnade along with a talk by Hansaji.
The 17th Meetup on 23rd December, 2018 consisted of watching the Shah Rukh Khan starrer film- ZERO as a celebration for World Disability Day with our disabled and non-disabled friends at Metro, INOX.
For our 18th Meetup on 3rd February, 2019 at Balkan-ji-bari, Juhu, we planned a Sports Meetup where popular games were thought of and modified for our participants having different disabilities. Lagori was explained to all by our deaf friends in sign language. We had a relay race, lemon and spoon, dog in the bone. A healthy competition helped every disabled participant in understanding the advantages and limitations made by certain disabilities in some of the games.
The 19th Meetup held at ADAPT, Bandra was an extremely entertaining one as we showed the audience our puppet show The Learning Factory based on the classic fable by George Reavis- The Animal School.