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JammuMaharaja Hari Singh SE Foundation, The Runway Diaries hold VYOM-J&K 2023

Maharaja Hari Singh SE Foundation, The Runway Diaries hold VYOM-J&K 2023


Tawi, Dec 29: The Department of Social Welfare, has organised, VYOM-J&K 2023, a vibrant and impactful two-day ‘Purple Festival' on December 28th and 29th, 2023 championing the cause of inclusion and diversity,

The event was inaugurated by LG Shri Manoj Sinha, joined virtually by Union Minister Dr. Virendra Kumar in the presence of Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to LG.

Highlighting the essence of inclusion, the festival aimed to inspire unity and collective efforts toward the empowerment and rehabilitation of Divyangjan, fostering an inclusive society for all. Several organisations including Maharaja Hari Singh Social and Foundation, an integral participant in this festival, has been at the forefront of initiatives empowering and supporting the specially-abled.. The Runway Dairies and Delhi Public School Jammu also actively participated in this initiative.

The live activity counters witnessed the initiatives such as the Roshni Drive supported by Maharaja Hari Singh Social and Education Foundation, showcasing visually impaired children being trained in Braille using Smart Annie devices.

Additionally, the and Craft live counter showcased various exquisite items skillfully crafted by specially-abled participants from Jigar Foundation, Muskan Home, and Samaj Kalyan Kendra under the guidance of the art faculty of DPS Jammu. These items, including paintings, wall hangings, coaster stands, decorative candles, greeting cards, sculptures, marble paintings, and block paintings, were not only exhibited but also made available for sale, aimed at encouraging self-dependence among the participants.

The event witnessed captivating performances, including a Dogri dance presented by students of Samaj Kalyan Kendra, beautifully choreographed by the DPS dance faculty, adding a cultural touch to the inaugural function.

Kuwrani Ritu Singh actively participated in the placement drive, providing on-the-spot appointment letters to two specially-abled participants.

The evening of the Purple Festival also witnessed a fashion show titled ‘The Rainbow,' presented by The Runway Diaries. Specially-abled participants confidently walked the ramp adorned in beautifully curated costumes adhering to the rainbow theme. These stunning costumes were designed by Dharini, Sabhyata, Jogmaya Creations, Butehz, Poshak Designer Studio, Poshak Bridal Couture, Virtues, and Wazir C. The exquisite jewellery for the show was designed by Nazarana Jewels and Pooja Khurana. The impeccable make-up and hairstyling were orchestrated by Hair Masters, while the live music for the fashion show was rendered by Sonali Dogra and Rinku from Mansar. This pioneering fashion show, the first of its kind featuring specially-abled individuals, was anchored by Amar Chouhan.

In a closing gesture, Dr. Kuwrani Ritu Singh presented a vote of thanks, expressing her gratitude to the Department of Social Welfare, Jammu and Kashmir, for organising this first-of-its-kind event in J&K.

Sheetal Nanda, Commissioner Secretary, Sh Ramesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner J&K Anoo. Malhotra, Secretary Social Welfare Department, VC Jammu University and many officials and dignitaries were also present.



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