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71st Foundation Day and Padmashree Dr Rajendra T Vyas Memorial Award Presentation Ceremony – 27 October 2018

The 71st Foundation Day and Padmashree Dr Rajendra T Vyas Memorial  Award Presentation ceremony was held on Saturday, 27th October 2018, at “Geeta Hall, Bhandup (West), Mumbai” from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.  Total 102 persons had participated in the function.  The programme started with  lighting  the lamp at the hands of Mrs Anubha Dixit, President  and Mrs Vasudha Sahasrabudhe and her team. Thereafter   a “Story Recitation” programme was conducted by Mrs Vasudha Sahasrabudhe  and team in Marathi as well as in Hindi.  The programme was very much interesting and the members were delighted and appreciated the team.

Padmashree Dr Rajendra T Vyas Memorial Award Presentation ceremony started at 6.00 p.m.  Hon. Dr Shrikant Shinde, M P was the Chief Guest for the function.  Mr Harshad Jadhav, Joint Secretary introduced Dr Shinde to the audience and praised his various activities as an M P  as well as a well known  Orthopaedic surgeon.  Mr Ketan Kothari, Hon. General Secretary explained various activities and services of our Association for the over all empowerment of visually challenged people, staying in Mumbai city and its suburbs, including adjoining districts viz. Thane, Palghar and Raigad.  He said that majority of our beneficiaries are belonging to  economically weaker section of the blind community and our aim is to make them self sufficient and lead a dignified life in the society.     Mr Pravin Dandia paid tribute to Dr Vays and shared his contribution.    he   informed that Dr Rajendra T Vyas was one of the founder members of the Association, in 1947.  He continued to  hold various positions of the Association till the  year 1993, and thereafter he was the President Emeritus of the Association till the end of his life in  the year 2010. Dr Vyas lived for 80 years out of which he dedicated  about 63 years for working  in the field of  blind welfare activities. He was   instrumental for a number of blind welfare activities not only with this Association but also with the National Association for the Blind, India, which was established during the year 1952, around 5 years after  the establishment  of  this Association. Through his initiative the National Association for the Blind, India, had started the Talking Book Library, Braille Press, Training Centres for the blind and many more activities.  His name will always be written  in golden letters in  the field of  blind welfare activities.  Taking into consideration of his remarkable contributions for the blind, the Blind Persons’ Association, Mumbai has instituted  an award in his memory  to be given every year to one of the blind persons who has excelled in his/her abilities or services.  This year the award was conferred to Dr (Ms) Kritica S Purohit, who obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy and registered as a first blind person in India in O T P T Council and  practicing as a successful Physiotherapist.   A citation and Cash Award were presented to her at the hands of the Chief Guest, Hon.Dr Shrikant Shinde.

On this occasion we felicitated Mr Kishor Gohil, a visually challenged person, who is conducting a well known Orchestra team and also a candle making unit, where 10 to 15 visually impaired people are employed.  Mr Prakash Pandagale, introduced Mr Gohil to the audience in glowing terms.  Mr  Gohil was felicitated at the hands of the Chief Guest with a letter of appreciation and a memento.

Thereafter,  the top most four winners of the Chess Tournament, conducted by the Association for the visually impaired persons,  on 25th  August, 2018, were also given away the certificates and cash prizes at the hands of the Chief Guest.

While addressing the audience, Hon. Dr Shinde, said that though he has  attended a number of functions, this was an entirely different experience.  He congratulated the award winner Dr Kritica Purohit  Mr Kishor Gohil and the winners of Chess Competition. He also appreciated the Association and its voluntary workers for their yeoman services.  He said that he is always ready to extend his full support and assistance  for conducting a medical camp or any other activities for the welfare of the blind community.

 

Finally , Mr Kiran Kadam, Vice President, proposed vote of thanks to  the Hon. Chief Guest, Mrs Vasudha Sahasrabudhe and her team and all the participants  for sparing their valuable time and making the programme a grand success.  The programme concluded with  National Anthem.  All the participants were served with tea and snacks before leaving the premises.

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Chess Tournament – 25 August 2018

 

Report of Chess Tournament

The Association conducted a Chess Tournament for the blind and low vision people staying in Greater Mumbai and surrounding areas, on Saturday, 25th August, 2018,at our office premises, in collaboration with Lions Club of Juhu, under the auspices of Lions Juhu Smt Mohandai Oswal Eye Care Foundation from 10.30 a.m. onwards. Mrs Anubha Dixit, President and other office bearers of the Association along with Lion Raj Wankawalla, President, Lion Prajesh Nanvati, Hon. Treasurer, Mr Riddhish Shah, Chairman, Sight First, Lions Club of Juhu, were present on the occasion. The function started by lighting the lamp at the auspices hands of Lion Wankawalla, President, Lions club of Juhu and Mrs Anubha Dixit President of the Association. Mrs Dixit welcomed the members and requested Mr Kothari to tell a few words of our activities. Mr Kothari, explained various activities and services of the Association for the overall empowerment of visually challenged people, for the past seven decades. He also said that this is the first time we are conducting a chess tournament for the visually challenged people and this is also the first project jointly conducted by the BPA and Lions Club of Juhu. Now we look forward for having more and more innovative projects with the help of Lions Club, in the years to come. He said that this tournament is being organized mainly two points keeping in mind, that for promoting chess amongst the blind and to select four players for the open chess tournament to be conducted by the Indian Blind Sports Association in New Delhi in the month of December 2018. Lion Wankawalla delivered an inspiring and encouraging speech to the participants and wished them best of luck in the competition. He also assured that this is the first project with our r Association and wish to have more projects with us in the years to come. Lion Riddhish Shah also said that though they had been in touch with our Association for the past one year, now only they got an opportunity to sponsor an innovative project. He also said that chess is the only one game where a visually impaired person can play with a sighted person at par. He also wished all the participants for their success in the tournament.

Total 20 persons participated in the competition. At the end of the tournament, Mr Atul Kajrale and Mr. Anirudh Kunthe, Arbiters declared the names of four winners viz. Mr Nitesh Moharle, First prize, Mr Mahesh Yadav, Second Prize, Mr Vishal Deshmane, Thired Prize and Mr Shakir Khan fourth prize. It was decided that the certificates and cash prizes would be distributed on the occasion of our Foundation Day and Dr Rajendra T Vyas Memorial Award Presentation ceremony, on Saturday, 20th October 2018.

The Association kept on record its sincere gratitude to the members of the Lions Club of Juhu for attending the function, in spite of their busy schedule and patronizing the Association with their munificent donation towards the expenses of the tournament. We also wish to put on record our sincere thanks to the National Association for the Blind, India, for giving us the hall free of cost for conducting the tournament and Mr Vijay Kajrolkar, for serving delicious food on the occasion.

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Reshimbandh – 11 August 2018

 

Reshimbandh Programme

This year the Fifth Reshimbandh Programme was conducted on Saturday, the 11th August 2018, at Smt Kamala Mehta Dadar School for the Blind, Dadar (East), Mumbai from 2.00 p.m. onwards. The object of the programme is to give a chance to the visually challenged youngsters to exhibit their talents in cultural programmes on the stage. Total 115 people attended the function. The function was inaugurated by the President, Mrs Anubha Dixit. Thereafter various “poems on rain” were recited by Ms Jyoti Sule, Ms Naina Pathankar, Ms Jyoti Tupe, Ms Pragti Tupe, Mr Budhaghosh Kasare, Mr Prathamesh Bendre and Mr Rahul Navghane. Afterwards, a competition on Gazals was arranged. Mr Mazhar Shaikh and Ms Chaya Sakhare were the judges of the competition. Total 25 youngsters actively participated in the competition. The cash prizes of Rs. 2,500/- (First), Rs. 2,000/-(Second),Rs.1,500/-(third) were won by Mr Kasim Baig, Mr Nitin Verukar and Mr Aftab Thakur respectively. Two consolation prizes of Rs. 500/- each were also won by Mr Mayur Kate and Ms Shradha Ghuge. The prizes were distributed at the hands of the judges.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Vijay Gujar. The programme concluded with the National anthem at around 8.30 p.m.

The participants were provided snacks sponsored by Mr Radhe Radhe of M/s Basant Agro Tech India Ltd. The Association kept on record its sincere thanks to Shri Hiralal Maganlal Doshi Charitable Trust, Mr Radhe Radhe, Mr Mansing B Chavan, Mr Ramesh Thakkar, Ms Deepali Todankr and Ms Sarala Padi for their generous donations for the programme.

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Women’s Day Celebrations – March 25, 2018

This year, the Women’s Day was celebrated by the Association on Sunday, 25th March 2018, from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. at M N B Industrial Home for the Blind, Jogeshwri (West), Mumbai . Total 71 women had participated in the function. Registration of participants started at 9.00 a.m. A nominal amount of Rs 50/- was charged as registration fee from the participants. After the breakfast, the programmes started with Welcome Speech by Mrs Anubha Dixit, President. Thereafter Advocate Ms Rupali Naik delivered a lecture on “ Live-in Relationships, its legal Implications” which was very informative. Afterwards a competition was arranged for the visually impaired women to segregate the seeds from the corns without breaking it (Makka solne). Before lunch break, cake cutting was taken place and thereafter delicious food was served by “Yash Charitable Organization”. After the lunch break other competitions such as “Antakshari, Breaking the balloons( Fugge Fodne” etc. were taken place. The winners of competitions were felicitated with cash prizes. Thereafter a poetry recitation programme was arranged by Ms Vandana Khare and Team which was very much interesting and informative. Participants enjoyed the programme and appreciated the team. After serving the evening tea the programme concluded with a Vote of Thanks. All the participants were given a common gift before concluding the function.

 

 

 

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Free Distribution of Educational Materials – June 16, 2018

As usual, the free distribution of educational materials to the sighted children of visually impaired parents was held on Saturday 16th June 2018, at the B P A office, Cottongreen. The educational materials such as School bags, Lunch Box, Water Bottle, Note Books, pencils, erasers, scale, sharpeners etc. were distributed free of cost. The office bearers Mrs Anubha Dixit, President, Mr Y D Zope, Mr Kiran Kadam, Vice Presidents, Mr Ketan Kothari, Hon. General Secretary, Mr Ashok Kamble, Hon. Treasurer, Ms Ananta Bhoje and Mr Nilesh Kulkarni, members of Executive Council were present at the function and distributed the kits at their hands. Around 73 sighted children of 60 blind parents benefitted on account of this programme during this year.

The Note Books were sponsored by Mr Hitesh Mehta of H M Classes who has been sponsoring the same for the past 11 years through the kind courtesy Mr Purshottam Patel and the Water Bottles were sponsored by Mr Naresh B Thakur, Member, through Mrs Anubha Dixit. The Pencil Boxes, Compass, scales etc were given as donation by Mr. Prasad Todankar and a cash donation of Rs. 3,000/- was received from the Q C S C Staff members of Mazgaon Telephone Exchange of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. for purchase of educational materials such as lunch boxes, erasers etc. Both these donations were received through the efforts of Mrs Savita Zende, our staff member. The Association kept on record its sincere thanks to all the donors for their valuable assistance.

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Hawkers’ Day – May 12, 2018

The 8th Hawkers’ Day was celebrated on Saturday 12th May 2018, at Kedarnath School, Kurla from 2.00 p.m. onwards. Dr Khatri, of K E M Hospital, Mumbai was the Chief Guest and Lion Deepak Arora, the Trustee of Kedarnath School was the Guest of Honour. Mrs Anubha Dixit, President, Mr Ketan Kothari, Hon. General Secretary and Mr Mohammed Raza, Member of Executive Council, were also on the dais. Total 81 persons, including office bearers had participated in the function. The function started with welcome speech by Mrs Anubha Dixit. Dr Khatri, delivered a lecture on various health problems, especially diabeties and related illness. Four selected visually impaired hawkers viz. Mrs Malti Tamhankar, Mr Prakash Gurde, Mr Phoolchand Bomble and Mr Arun Dagde were felicitated with mementos at the function at the hands of the Chief Guest Dr Khatri. Thereafter an entertainment programme was conducted by three visually challenged artists. The participants were also given a chance to exhibit their hidden talents in singing, dancing or any other cultural activities. Some of them actively participated in singing etc. All the participants were given a bed sheet as common gift and snacks were also provided while leaving the Auditorium. The Association kept on record its sincere thanks to Mr Nitesh Shah for sponsoring the common gifts, Mr Radhe Radhe, of Basant Agro-chem Ltd for sponsoring the snacks. and Mr Amar Sunkrsett for his generous donation, for the function. The Association also kept on record its sincere thanks to Lion Deepak Arora, the Trustee of the School who provided the Auditorium free of cost for our function and very kindly accepted our request and agreed to be the Guest of Honour. Through his efforts he had also arranged Dr Khatri, of K E M Hospital, to be the Chief Guest for the function. The programme concluded at around 6.00 p.m.

 

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Annual Picnic 2018

The Association had organized its annual picnic on Sunday, 4th February 2018, to Shanti Sagar Resort, at Amernath. Altogether 115 persons had participated in the picnic, which include some of the members’ families, staff members and volunteers. The Association had arranged transportation from Ambernath Station to Resort and back, breakfast, lunch and evening tea.

The persons reached at the Resort at around 9.30 a.m. and had their breakfast. Thereafter they went to the water rides and enjoyed very much . After lunch, a lucky draw was conducted in which 10 persons got various prizes. After serving the evening tea, they departed home at around 5.00 p.m. The participants were very much happy and enjoyed the picnic.

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70th Foundation Day and Padmashree Dr Rajendra T Vyas Memorial Award Presentation Function

The 70th Foundation Day of the Association was elebrated on 11th November 2017, at Smt Kamla Mehta Dadar School  for the Blind, Dadasaheb Phalke Road, Dadar (East), Mumbai, from 3.00 p.m. onwards. Total about 115 people  participated in the function, including Office Bearers and staff members.

Mr Mohammed Raza (Member of Executive Council) of the Association welcomed the members and introduced  Ms Neha Sharad, daughter of famous poet Shri Sharad Joshi who is also a poet and a  prominent actress.  Thereafter he recited some  self composed  poems  and  Mr Harshad Jadhav, Joint secretary,  recited  the poems written by  Shri Vijay Soawane. Mr Raju Sigh also recited  some of the self composed poems. .  Afterwards Ms Neha Sharad  recited  some of the self composed poems and poems composed by her late father  Shri Sharad Joshi.  Members were delighted and appreciated her for sparing here valuable time and attending the function.  She was kind enough to attend the entire function including the award presentation ceremony.

Thereafter the Padmashree Dr Rajendra T Vyas Memorial Award presentation ceremony  started.  Mr Jatin Paranjpe, famous cricketer was invited as the Chief Guest for the function.  Mrs Anubha Dixit, President, Mr PravinC Dandia, President Emeritus, Mr Y D Zope,Vice President and Mr Ketan Kothari, Hon. General Secretary were also present at the dais along with the Chief Guest. The guests were felicitated with a flower bouquet.  Mr Kothari welcomed the members and explained about  various activities and services of the Association, in the field of blind welfare for the past seven decades.  He said that our main objective is to serve the economically weaker section of the blind people staying in Mumbai City and its suburbs, at  grass root level,  including their overall development.   

The Award presentation function started with lighting the lamp by the Chief Guest   and while giving tribute to Dr Rajendra T Vyas,   Mr Pravin Dandia, President Emeritus,  informed that Dr Rajendra T Vyas was one of the founder members of the Association, in 1947.  He continued to  hold various positions of the Association till the  year 1993, and thereafter he was the President Emeritus of the Association till the end of his life in  the year 2010. Dr Vyas lived for 80 years out of which he dedicated  about 63 years for working  in the field of blind welfare activities. He was   instrumental for a number of blind welfare activities not only with this Association but also with the National Association for the Blind, India, which was established during the year 1952, around 5 years after  the establishment  of  this Association. Through his initiative the National Association for the Blind, India, had started the Talking Book Library, Braille Press, Training Centres for the blind and many more.  His name will always be written  in golden letters in  the field of  blind welfare activities.  Taking into consideration of his remarkable contributions for the blind, the Blind Persons’ Association, Mumbai has instituted  an award in his memory to be given every year to one of the blind persons who has excelled in his/her abilities or services.  This year the  award was given to Mr Jaydeep H Singh, a visually challenged person, who is one of the prominent Judo players and received a number of medals in National as well as International levels. The award contain  a Citation and Cash Award.  The Braille version of the citation of Mr Jaydeep Singh  was read  by  Mr Raman Shankar.  Mr Ravindra Patil, the coach of Mr Jaydeep Singh,  briefed about the determination and hard working mentality of Mr Jaydeep Singh which enabled him to achieve the goals in his life.  Mr Jaydeep Singh expressed his sincere gratitude to the Association for selecting him for this prestigious award.  He also said that he is trying his level best to bring  other visually challenged people also to come forward in the field of Judo.

On this occasion the Association felicitated Dr. Charudatta Jadhav,  the President and a  senior employee  of Tata Consultancy Services (T C S) who is also an eminent Chess player in his own right  and Mr Prakash Patil, an employee of State Bank of India, for his selfless social service with Mementos.  Mr Kothari, introduced Dr Charudatta Jadhav and Mr Raman Shankar introduced Mr Prakash Patil to the audience.

 

 

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Distribution of Educational Materials

On  Saturday, the  17th  June 2017, Blind Persons’ Association ( BPA) distributed Educational materials such as school bags, lunch boxes, water bottles, pencils, notebooks, sharpeners, erasers, scales etc. to the sighted children (of blind parents), studying from Nursery to Standard four.  The parents are    hailing from economically  weaker section of the society.  The function was organized at 3.00 p.m. at the office premises of Blind Persons’ Association, Cottongreen. Mumbai.  The office bearers Mr Suhas Karnik, President , Mr C A Patu, Vice President and Mr Ashok Kamble, Hon. Treasurer were present at the function.  The   school bags, containing above educational materials were given away by the hands of the above office bearers.  This project was benefitted for 65 sighted students of 52 blind parents.

Mr Karnik, welcomed the members attended the function.  He said that as usual this year also BPA distributes the educational materials to the needy students of blind parents, to encourage the education of small children.  Mr Patu also wished  the students for best of luck,  health and asked them  to continue study very well and the Association is ready to help them according to our financial capacity.   Mr Karnik, also informed the persons that this time also Basant Agro Chem  Ltd sponsored  the Bags, Water Bottles, Compass Boxes etc.   and Shri Hitesh Mehta of H M Classes sponsored  the Note Books.  Basant Agro Chem Ltd. is  sponsoring the bags etc. for the past two years and  Mr Mehta  has been sponsoring the Note Books for  more than a decade.  He expressed his sincere thanks on behalf of the blind persons and the management of  B P A, for their valuable assistance.   The function  got over   at  around 4.30 p.m.

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Reshimbandh Event 2016

Reshimbandh Event

Introduction

This event is a part of BPA Recreational and cultural Programs for the last 4 years.

The objective of Reshambindh: This competition is particularly for the visually impaired youth to promote their hidden skills & art and provide them with a platform to exhibit the same.

This event is sponsored every year by different donors and generous contributors but this year it was sponsored by Lions club

The programme began with the lighting of the lamp by Rakesh Chauhan & Jagruti Madam & Other Lions Member and welcome speech and the introduction of the chief guests by Ramdas sir.

The Event was divided into 3 part

  1. Workshop on Android Smartphones
  2. Folk Song Competition
  3. Prize Distribution

The first activity was divided into three parts

  1. basic android introduction,
  2. screen reader
  3. applications of the system.

The session was facilitated by Gopal Suryavanshi, Kiran Kadam, Khandu Bhandari, Nikhil Tovi.  Various medias for communication like Demonstration, Talks, Audio were used. The audience were allowed to ask questions, doubts and the speaker enthusiastically responded to them. It was a very interactive, and participative session.

During this session, we distributed snacks (Vada Pav, dhokla, and ladoo)

The next activity was the folk song competition.Where the Instrumentalist were Visually Impaired they played the Casio -Shailesh Ambedkar,Tabla -Vijay Sonavane and Octopad: Kiran Kadam . We had 30 participants who participated in the competition. The Judges were Ms.Geeta Dhrod and Mr.Shravan Kumar The participants were confident, vibrant and enthusiastic to put forward their lovely voice and this made the programme entertaining and lively.

We distributed milk and banana

The next was a Special Performance by the office bearers to  the tune of Patriotic songs it was sung by Suhas Karnik(President of BPA),Vijay,Mohammad Raza

The next activity was prize distribution.  First, the Lions Club members felicitated their members and the BPA staff who took the initiative in making this event a grand success.  Then BPA felicitated the Lions club members who made a generous contribution to the program by giving them a bouquet and a clove candle holder. Then  the computer class teachers were felicitated with fragrance candle lamps and a bouquet.

Then the Judges were invited to the stage and were given a chance to portray their nightingale talent they even judged every participant in a non- judgemental manner and declared the winners:

Folk Song Competition

  • 1st Prize- Pradeep Singh
  • 2nd Prize -Kavita Shinde
  • 3rd Prize- Jyoti Mane

Constellation Prizes-Salman Shaikh & Triveni Shinde

This was followed by a buffet dinner where NN Volunteers, Lion Club members, Cognizant volunteer helped in distributing the Dinner to the Visual Impaired.