A memorable day for Deepalayans
It was a day which was long awaited, a day yearned for by everyone forming part of Deepalaya Parivar. Of all the days, one day that is special is the Deepalaya foundation day. 37 years on, Deepalaya – the abode of light -- is growing and glowing every day with a never-say-die spirit of serving the community.
It was time to celebrate 16th July -- the day when Deepalaya was born 37 years ago -- a day when everyone came together under one roof at Deepalaya School Kalkaji Extension to share their experiences, to shake a leg and sing together.
The occasion was graced by two founding members -- Mr. T K Mathew and Mr. T M Abraham and two Board members – Mr. A J Philip and Mr. Sakhi John. The function started with the lighting of lamp by the celebrated guests including Ms. Meena Kumari, CWC member of Mewat and Rev. Jijo Abraham from Church of South India. Thereafter the stage came alive with beautiful dance performances presented by staff from Father aind Daughter Allaince and special unit. Interestingly, both the units used a fusion of bollywood songs, showcasing cultures from the North and the South. It was followed by a welcome speech from Mr. P T Varghese, Director (Admin) and two meledoious songs sung.
Thereafter, Mr. T K Mathew informed the audience how this small plant, Deepalaya, grew over these years and is marching towards self-reliance gradually. He credited the growth that the organisation achieved to the hard-working and dedicated workforce. Post speech, Mr. A J Philip, President was asked to felicitate the guests. He thanked the seven founding members who came together and founded the organisation.
It was time to begin the celebrations. No one had ever imagined that we have a huge group of talented people, who can sing such melodious songs, dance to a variety of Bollywood, traditional and cultural songs. One by one, everyone came upstage to participate and exhibit their talent.
Though each and every performance had an elegance of its own, the ones that grabbed all the limelight was put up by HRC staff, the SHG team from Tavru and dandia performed by Ms. Shamyali alongwith the teachers from Sanjay Colony. A few dance performances also gave an opportunity to Mr. Mathew, Mr. Abraham and other staff members to shake a leg and enjoy the occasion. All staff members, be it the senior-most or from the junior cadre enjoyed the ocassionthoroughly. Ms. Rachana Kulshreshtha enthralled the audience with a beautiful song “jab koi baat bigar jaye, jab koi mushkil par jaye, reminding everyone of the yester years.
Three-hour long function came to an end with a song from Deepalaya Learning center, North Delhi and vote of thanks by Ms. Rachanau Kulshrestha. The foudation day coincided with birth days of Mr. Narendra Gosain and Mr. Kailash Bani. Both of them were given cards full of blessings and wishes from all staff members. After the National Anthem, everyone dispersed with fond memories that would stay with them for days to come. The day passed by, but is still alive in our hearts.