This Mother’s Day celebration was different as it spanned three generations and brought in a competitive bonhomie
Is there an age limit for walking on the ramp? If so, then the mother’s day celebration organised by Sthree Sakthi-2009 defied all. The Lakshmi Sundram Hall was cluttered with smiling aspirants who had turned out in their Sunday best. And yes, age was no bar.
And there were surprises galore too. When 82 years old Shantha Subramanian held the tender hands of her teenaged grand daughter, to cat walk, people couldn’t stop applauding.
“In an age when an increasing number of the elderly are forced to seek refuge in old-age homes, it is the spirit that drives me to do something different,” she said while stealing the show with 13-year-old Nandhini in an excellent comic performance of ‘Avvai Shanmugi.’
The founder of Sthree Sakthi Foundation, Gaja Dhayalan beamed: “It is more a day out for women and their kids who rarely find opportunity to spend time with their mother.” The foundation has been organising such events for the past three years with the objective to give women a platform to display their skills and talent which tend to get relegated due to family responsibilities.
“This year we had more than 1000 participants for the preliminary rounds that were conducted over three days,” she said, adding that the response showed women are enthusiastic and waiting for such opportunities to showcase their talent.
The day was marked by a series of competitions like quiz, lullaby, drawing, elocution, chart making, cooking, flower designing, dining table display, jewellery making, and so on.
The preliminary round winners made it to the main event on Sunday which saw the participation of 600 children and women from five to 80 years.
Apart from the usual rounds, the celebration also involved college students who enthusiastically participated in the short messaging, hair dressing and long hair contests.
The day also gave space to individual performers such as Shruti Iyer who presented an enticing Kathak dance performance. Srimathi Rani Pandian performed yoga and Parvathi arrested the attention of audience by singing a recipe.
The Foundation offers free consultations, professional and marketing assistance to women entrepreneurs.
It also provides pre-and post-marital counselling for couples and extends financial help to deserving girl children for pursuing their education.S.S.KAVITHA