In May 2017 we launched our Monthly Meetup Initiative. Despite crores of people with disabilities 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 ofbeing seen, dissolving barriers, having conversations and of course, celebrating with food, cinema, music and outings.
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.
Organized a Musical evening, supported 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. Veteran actress Tanuja Ji joined us
Mitu Bidichndani, Kanchan Rohera, Sudipta Mandal, EZY MOV, Tanujaji Aaheli, Shamali Gupta and Shobha Sachdev
18.6.172-6 p.m.RIMS International School, Andheri west
Antakshari for all planned like a competition with teams, rules, prizes, fierce competition. Conducted by Mr Suhail Moham-med. The highlight of the day was a lot of laughter and a bunch of high-fives at the event.
Shobha Sachdev, Mitu Bidichandani and EZY MOV
23.7.172:30-6 Adapt, Bandra
One minute indoor games were organised for all
Seventeen Events Training and promotions, EZY MOV and Mangesh Shirpurkar
22.214.171.124-6 Adapt, Bandra
Bollywood Quiz and Film making
Seventeen Events Training and promotions along with Vishakha More
126.96.36.199- 6.30 Prabhodhankar Thakre-y, Swi-mming -Compl-ex, Vile Parle e-ast
Screening of American showcase film “Becoming BulletProof”
U.S Consulate GeneralMumbai. Geeta Castelino, James Ferrell, Tejaswini Karalkar and Shamali Gupta
30.9.1810.30 to 4. 30 pmThe Yoga Institute, Santa Cruz East
Mindful Movement, Asanas, Pranayam, Games, Relaxation techniques, talk by Hansaji, Flute recital with satvik lunch and evening refreshments
Hansaji J Yogendra, Director Yoga Institute Neelam Vaswani, Yoga instructor- Sudipta Mukherjee Mandal of Meeraki, Celebrated flautist Naveen Kumar and pianist Gauri Deshpande Rekha Balgi, Mrs Desai and all at the Institute
23.12.18 –11 Metro INOX
Special subtitled screening of Shah Rukh Khan starrer film- ZERO.
Sangeeta Gala, Shalini Gupta and team INOX
3.2.19 Balkanjibadi, Juhu
Sports Meetup was a popular game 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.
The event was conducted by Saurav of Seventeen Events. Supported by Rise World Summit, 2019.
Inclusive 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 Mukherjee Mandal
Shaheen 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, Mukesh 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.
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 languagereporters, 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 per cent 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 of November. The first time for many of our friends with disabilities at the Course and many tried their hand at betting.
For our 9th Monthly meetup on 13th January 2018,we received support fromRISE INFINITY and hired the MIG Club hall and invited Singer/Actor Piloo Vidyarthi and veteran Bengali actor Shakuntala 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.
Our 14th Meetup to be held in July sadly had to be cancelled due to the 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 16thMeetup was held on 30th September 2018 at the Yoga Institute in Santa CruzEast, where everyone learned relaxation techniques like Pranayam, Mind movement and witnessed performances by flautist Naveen Kumar and pianist Gauri Deshpande 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.
At Trinayani, for the cause of disability awareness, we do not restrict ourselves only to exploring the media or conducting workshops. We have tried never to miss an opportunity to participate in or organize events that would help us further our cause. In doing so, we have been a part of several events which cannot be strictly labelled or categorized into neat boxes. On this page, we have gathered together some such events with the hope of adding to them in the future. Our NGO Trinayani participated in the Kalaghoda Festival 2016. Trinayani commissioned the ‘Let’s Talk’ sculpture,a product of our first National Inclusive Visual Arts Workshop Triumph Together in association with Khoj International, in Kolkata. The sculpture (32 inches high, 22 inches wide and 21 and a half inches deep) created in Fibre Glass has been crafted by Shri Hasmukh K. Angari who is Deaf-Blind, Shri Shankar M. Bhoya who is an Artist and trainer (both from Ahmedabad) and Shri Nantu Behari Das, a professional sculptor from Kolkata. It has been created projecting Alphabets in American Sign Language the mother tongue of many deaf and deaf-blind persons in our country. We had an installation of 5 “LETS TALK” sculptures on Rampart Row as part of the Visual Arts initiative from the 6th till the 14th of Feb which allowed us to talk about the world of persons who are deaf and deaf-blind. Trinayani’s Inclusive music Band PEHLI BAARISH comprising of disabled and non-disabled artists also performed on the 11th of February at Cross Maidan from 5.30 to 5.45 pm. A 15 mins performance on karaoke tracks by Compere Kishor, Singers Mangala and Sandesh who are Blind and Ritika. Our Founder Trustee Ritika Sahni who is also a singer performer is conducting the RHYME ANDRHYTHM workshop titled HALLAM CHALLAM on the 7th of Feb at Museum Gardens from 4 to 5 pm. In a very friendly and affectionate ambience, this workshop gives an orientation to children to playfully sing, dance and make meaningful gestures TO SOME ORIGINAL NURSERY RHYMES & SONGS, including learning a few phrases of SIGN LANGUAGE. Her Albums for children will be displayed too. To view, our previous events click hereTo view more photographs of the Trinayani picnic and the celebration of the second anniversary of Sparsh, click here.To view more photographs of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, click here.