It was a touching moment to see differently-abled children of the special school Tamana, walk the ramp at a fashion show titled “Infinite Opportunity”, which was held on 26thAugust, at Hyatt Regency Hotel, in New Delhi. Organised by the NGO Tamana, in association with the Fashion Design Council of India, some of the top designers like Abraham & Thakore, Anju Modi, Gaurav Jai Gupta, Payal Jain, Amit Aggarwal, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Payal Pratap Singh and Sanjay Garg, pitched in and designed special apparel for the children, with the designers themselves walking the ramp with their special show stoppers.
Setting off the series of events with a song was the immensely gifted visually impaired singer, Diwakar Sharma.The founder and president of NGO Tamana, Dr Shyama Chona extended her welcome and felicitations to the Chief Guest Mrs Sangeeta Jailtley,Guest of Honour H.E. Ms. Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India, movie star and ex-student Kriti Sanon, FDCI president Sunil Sethi, Shiv Kumar Jatia, Chairman & MD,Asian Hotels (North), Sonal Kalra National Editor – Entertainment and Lifestyle at HT Media Ltd.
In a special segment, was the showcase of apparel constructed in the Pearl Academy Fashion Laboratory in Jail no. 6, of Tihar, by the inmates, who are currently enrolled in the fashion program, in association with the young designers of Pearl Adademy. The evening wrapped up with young Tamana Chona’s vote of thanks and a hearty rendition of cool moves to a popular Bollywood number.
Tamana has been organizing this event for nearly a decade with the support of the fashion fraternity in their individual capacities. Dr. Shayama Chona said, “This year’s show tagline is ‘Infinite Opportunity’, which means that the opportunities for the disabled have no barriers. The reason for holding the Tamana fashion show, every year, is to bring greater confidence and dignity into the lives of the specially-abled. I believe that these individuals are not lesser but, more than any of us.”
The enterprise Tamanna is indeed a huge effort that strives to bring inclusivity to these children. Sadly, within India not only do we not have any ground support facilities but also an utter lack of sensitivity in our interactions.
Tamana was established in 1984 by Dr. Shayama Chona, ‘Padam Bhushan’ and ‘Padam Shri’ awardee. As the name suggests, Tamana navigates the dreams and longings of the children with special needs and those of their parents to see them as rehabilitated members of our society. Its contribution in the field of disability was also recognized by the United Nations that granted it Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council.
Tamana provides comprehensive rehabilitative services to individuals with intellectual impairments, multiple disability and autism. The services provided include special education, therapeutic interventions, skill development and gainful employment, life skills training etc to enable them to become confident and integrated members of society.