Expressions 2018 – an annual talent exhibition of Deepalaya children
As an organization, Deepalaya believes firmly in encouraging latent talent of children who may be neglected and left without care and support due to adverse socio-economic conditions. Expressions 2018 was an endeavor to curate an engaging reflection of the organization’s belief. Hence, 18th March 2018 was a special day for the entire Deepalaya family, when children from almost all the locations gathered at at Mavalankar Auditorium, Rafi Marg in New Delhi for showcasing their latent talent. They were all decked up for the occasion, wearing colourful dresses, rehearsing for so many days so that they put up their best.
The gala event was quite aptly named as it was an extravaganza celebrating the vibrancy of art & culture at its best, and had a theme of “express to inspire and make a lasting impact”. More than 300 students from 15 project locations of Deeplaya participated at this event, putting up a spectacular choir performances, fusion dance, group dance, skits and plays, and so on.
The programme began with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by Prof. P J Kurien, Deputy Speaker of Rajya Sabha, who presided over the function, Mr. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms. Anastasia Kanashin, ambassador of Oriflame, Mr. Vivek Katoch, Director Corporate Affairs, Oriflame India, Mr. Y Chackochan, President, Mr. A J Philip, Secretary & Chief Executive, Mr. Shaji P John, Treasurer and other members of the Executive committee.
After the melodious welcome song sung by our children from Deepalaya learning center, Tilak Nagar, Mr. Philip welcomed the guests and informed the audience about the NGO’s vision, scope, approach, and means of work, and its significant areas of intervention till date.
Prof. P J Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha outlined the commendable work done by Deepalaya so far in bringing quality education (and a lot more) to the lives of underprivileged. “From a humble beginning 39 years back, Deepalaya has reached out to thousands of people today, which is heartening to note,” Prof. Kurien said.
While praising the efforts made by Deepalaya, the Chief Guest Mr. Manish Sisodia said, “Deepalaya is more than an institution; it is a movement that should spread to more and more people across the nation. Only when we understand the importance of education will the society move towards progress and equivalence, and I sincerely hope that many other individuals and organizations like Deepalaya shall take up this noble cause of spreading the light of education” said Shri Sisodia.
Oriflame India Pvt. Ltd., a company that has been supporting Deepalaya’s Girl Child development projects for last 12 years through their CSR projects, was the presenting partner at Expressions 2018. Mrs. Anastasia Kanashin, Oriflame Ambassador, was the Guest of Honour at the function. Speaking high of the partnership between Deepalaya and Oriflame, Ms. Kanashin said, “In terms of our association with Deepalaya, what started as a fledgling bond has today blossomed into something magical and overwhelming. Oriflame has sponsored education of over a thousand girls from Deepalaya and continues to extend helping hands for many noble causes initiated by them.”
A large majority of the performers at this talent show belonged to poor and marginalized section of the society, residing in urban slums or remote rural areas. However, the energy and confidence they put forth at the event was phenomenal, and was not anywhere less than professional dancers and singers. The children felt happy and fortunate as they got an unprecedented platform to reveal their talents.
Some of the notable performances at the event included dance performances on Bollywood songs like “Zoobi Doobi” and “Ghoomar” by kids of Deepalaya Learning Centre Gole Kuan, a dance skit on women empowerment from students from Deepalaya SQEP Project, SDMC Primary School Okhla; a nukkad natak on current social evils by Deepalaya Vocational Training Centre, Dwarka; and a group dance performance on the theme of ‘save the girl child’ by students from Deepalaya School Gusbethi. A fusion dance performance by differently-abled students from Sambhav Project, Deepalaya Special Unit that depicted the colors of the regions of our country and the brilliance of unity for the nation, made the audience spellbound.
Not only this, children from all the education projects were given prizes for their extraordinary achievements in academics as well as in extra-curricular activities. Jaswant Kaur, Director CRM, Deepalaya, presented the vote of thanks, followed by the national anthem to culminate the event.
It was a dream that came true for children, who will never forget that they performed in front of such celebrated guests.