“Shubho shondha, khub khushi ekhane ashar jonno....” The 25th anniversary celebration of Tomorrow’s Foundation began with French consul-general Damien Syed (extreme right), addressing the audience in Bengali at Gyan Manch on August 8. The surprised audience not only clapped and cheered but also requested him to continue speaking in Bengali. “We have an old relation with Tomorrow’s Foundation, so despite the rain and other invitations I made this my priority. It is great to see how they have touched the lives of so many children over the years,” said Damien, the chief guest of the evening, who lit the inaugural lamp along with Arup and Swarup (extreme left) Ghosh, the founders of TF.
Tomorrow’s Foundation is a Calcutta-based NGO that works for education, heath and nutrition, child protection and community empowerment of underprivileged children. “We also work for orphans in Bastar, a Maoist-affected region of Chhattisgarh. We have two residential units in Dantewada and Bijapur as part of the project Uttaran-Bastar,” said Swarup, when asked about his favourite TF project.
Momo Chitte Nache Notobor drew loud applause from the audience. The dance drama portrayed the growing up of a girl-next-door.
From tree to lotus, camel to lion, fish to snake... children from Tomorrow’s Foundation not only demonstrated the different yoga postures based on nature and animals, but also informed the audience about their benefits.
TF kids kicked off the cultural evening with the Rabindrasangeet Edin aji kon ghore go.
Antigone, a play by Jean Anouilh, was enacted by six French students and 17 TF students. It took 10 workshops for the group to present this play of French origin.
Text: Malancha Dasgupta
Pictures: B. Halder