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In Association with
Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Mumbai 400 049
Cordially Invite all Senior Citizens to a Spiritual Discourse by Sri. H G Bhima Das
(Zonal Secretary, ISKCON Juhu)
at the Auditorium, ISKCON, Juhu, Mumbai, on Saturday, 13th October 2012, 5.00 pm
5.00 pm: Voice of Dignity Anthem
5.05 pm: Kirtan
5.35 pm : A Skit by Dignitarians
6.00 pm: Spiritual Discourse by Sri H G Bhima Das
7.00 pm: Prasad
For details contact Dignity Foundation
BMC School bldg, Topiwala lane, Mumbai 400007
022 6138 1100 (100 lines)
Holi Celebrations @ Chembur Centre
On 6th March 2012, the Chembur Centre celebrated Holi with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. The Centre was brimming with no elbow room, with 65 members all dressed up in multicoloured outfits in keeping with the spirit of the festival.
The celebrations began with a group activity where each member had to add a dot of colour on a "HAPPY HOLI 2012 " banner that would symbolise the unity and togetherness of all the members.
We then went on to the "Bhel Party" as was done last year , it was decided unanimously that it is going to be a regular affair from now onwards that Chembur will celebrate Holi every year withe same enthusiasm and spirit. .As always every member added his/her ingredient like - Sev, Kurmura Cut onions, tamarind paste, Potatoes etc.etc. into a large vessel to make it a mouth watering affair.!
No measures, too many hands, chaos broke loose, but all beautifully done together into a sumptuous and tasty serving of Bhel Puri interspersed with a bit of Chat Masala and a whole lot camaraderie. Typical of the Holi our Sindhi members brought their traditional sweet - "Gehar" for distribution to others.
Once their belly was full, it was time for the Holi Fashion Show - Who were going to be the jury for the evening? Vow!! It was none other than the TISS students Ajay Pinjani and Pragya Bhagat who conducted themselves with certain dignity and disgrace knowing they were dealing with the Elderly.
We had a total of 4colorfully attired gentlemen (With KRK stealing the show) and 9 Lovely ladies who came in their colorful dresses for the show. They brought the entire floor to a huge laughter with their grace, and style and brought home the fact that age is only in numbers. . Winning over the judges with their inimitable style were the following members:
Mrs. Raji Nair - ''Very Colourful"
Mrs. Mary Rodrigues - "Out of the Box and Sporting Spirit"
Ms. Sharada - "Unique Style"
Mrs. Shubha Mitra - "Dance with Grace"
Mr.K. R. K Moorthy - "Vibrant Colours"
Mr. K. J. Singh -"Original Style"
The evening came to an end with the prize distribution.
The whole event was filled with the Colours of joy and unity and laughter with the spirit of Holi filled the air.
Valentines Day at Chembur Chai Masti
On Tuesday,14th February 2012, the Chembur centre celebrated Valentines day with a bang proving that they were still young at heart and keen to make the most of the festival celebrated the world over as the festival of love.
The whole evening was planned by Ms. Medha Samant and Ms. Reeta Tiku- TISS students that had been volunteering with Dignity
As soon as the members reached the Chai Masti Centre they were given a little Red heart that had to be pinned on. The whole idea was that once you had your heart on, you could not use any negative words(no, never, not) in any language for the entire evening. If you did, your heart was to be given to the person who made you use the word. As always said you need to be careful when you ' wear your heart on your sleeve'! The member with the most number of hearts at the end won the valentine of the evening prize.
The evening started like any other Tuesday with the Tai – Chi Session between 4 to 5 pm. And at 5pm the celebrations began. All the members were first greeted with mouth watering snacks that were made by the youngest member at Chembur Chai Masti – Ms. Sharada (80+). Our other member- sponsors for the evening were Dr. Sunita Sharma and Mr. Nandlal Rajpal.
After the snacks and a refreshing cup of coffee, all the lovely members dressed in red (as it was the colour code for the evening) had the task of finding their Valentine. Each member was a given a chit which had the name of an animal and had to find their pair. Once you found your valentine for the evening you tied a red ribbon of love and friendship around his/ her hand. Following this were a series of fun and entertaining games (like the Chocolate game and the love with words game) for each one and their newly found valentines.
The members had a time of their life and remarked that not only had they never before celebrated Valentines Day but they did not expect to have so much fun doing so.
Surely " Love was in the Air " that evening at Chembur Chai Masti!!
Dignity Open Bridge Tournament 2012
Dignity Open Bridge Tournament (under the auspices of the Maharashtra Bridge Association) took place on February 12, 2012, at the Swastik League Hall, South Mumbai, as a one day tournament(Pairs Progressive) conducted in two sessions.
The game of Bridge, said to be a brain booster, has become popular among the Dignity members, with a lot more catching up with it. Every passing year, the tournament has grown in popularity. This year we had an overwhelming response with 23 pairs participating from all over Mumbai. Our members competed with professional and national level Bridge players from all over Mumbai.
As in the earlier years, the tournament was sponsored by Shri Anand Dalal (R L Dalal & Co Pvt Ltd, one of India's reputed engineering and contracting firms).
The winners of the tournament:
1st Pair North – South – Ravindra & Alka Watve
2nd Pair North – South – Vijay Bhagwat & Mr Pethe
1st Pair – East –West – R B Ketkar & Nandu Surve
2nd Pair – East West – F M Kobla & Umesh Athavale
Thaneites, Dignity Brings 'Chai Masti' Closer to You
The concept of an Enrichment Centre was visualised 9 years ago, as a place for daily social interaction, where Dignitarians coming from diverse backgrounds, different professions and religions bond together as one big family. It came to be popularly known as the 'Chai Masti' centre. 'Chai Masti' means sharing, caring, giving, understanding and respecting others, as well as enhancing your hidden talents.
The Chai Masti centre has had an impact on the lives of our members. "It has changed our personality completely"; "It is a confidence booster"; "We're reliving our childhood"; and "It has brought life into our tired limbs"... In short, they refer to it as a 'LIFE CHANGER'.
The Thane Dignity Chai Masti Centre was inaugurated by Dignity Brand Ambassador, Tanuja Mukerji and Medha Joshi, Chief General Manager, Personal Banking (West Zone), IDBI Bank. Tanujaji enthralled the audience by delivering a very peppy and spirited exposition of how liberating life can be after retirement. Medha Joshi encouraged the audience to build a positive attitude towards ageing.
Enthusiastic Dignity Foundation members from Grant Road, Mira Road, and Chembur stole the show by their amazing dance performances and songs. They danced to the latest Bollywood hits as well as Hindi filmsongs from the late 50's, enjoyed by the entire senior audience. That is the spirit of Chai Masti!
The Thane Dignity Chai Masti Centre has come up with the initiative of Chief Dignitarian, Amit Bhoraskar and his team, ably supported by Sunil Ghanekar in running the Centre. The premises, provided by the Vasavada family at a nominal cost to Dignity, at the Palm Court Basement, Ram Maruti Road, will be open Monday to Friday from 4.00 to 6.00 pm. Members can enjoy a mix of activities such as exercises, competitions, talks by professionals, festival and birthday celebrations and much more.. Membership forms are available at the Centre.
For details, contact: 022 - 61381100 / 9920734256
Dignity Film Festival 2011 - Mumbai
The 'Dignity Film Festival' was initiated in 2010 as a first in the country, to help the 50+ to relive their filmy nostalgia in an exclusive environment. With an overwhelming response in the first year and hundreds of members wanting to experience its exclusivity, Dignity Foundation organised the 2nd Dignity Film Festival at the Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, from 4-8 July, 2011. The celebrities who visited the 5 day festival added fun and excitement to the event. Our ever-smiling brand ambassador, Tanuja, who helped make this event a reality by her generosity, inaugurated the festival, along with Bhagyashree, of the Maine Pyar Kiya fame, and Bharati Acharekar, Marathi and Hindi film and stage actress. We also had Viju Khote, Shubha Khote, Bhavana Balsaver, Sarita Joshi, Vasant Gogate (Marathi TV actor), and Dr Mohan Agashe gracing the event.
The old classics, Bandini, Madhumati, Umbartha (Marathi), Sound of Music and Kagaaz ke Phool were screened to a houseful enthusiastic audience. The haunting music, beautiful lyrics, and sublime acting enchanted the audience, who sang along during the screening, specially from Madhumati. A quiz on the films screened was held each day and winners were given prizes.
Our special thanks to Tanuja for her support of this festival, as well as to our active Dignitarian, Dileep Wagle, whose initiative in sponsoring refreshments by self and from NKGSB Bank, was indeed commendable.