We love this poster sent to shuktara all the way from San Francisco! This is the first installment of a series of three posters by Llane Alexis and George McCalman. When we wanted to know more about this amazing poster this is what Llane said:
There is a story indeed. Every single shot of my own hands was taken with my iPhone right after I woke up in the morning. Those were very painful mornings for me dealing with depression and a broken heart and maybe even desperation. I was throwing signs as meanings of expressing my pain and cries for help.
I don't know sign language but I express my heart with my hands as they are the tools of my art. Also it was the moment of the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement at the same time. So it was a combination of all of the above. Then my friend George and I decided to print the images. This is the first installment of a series of three posters.
The second poster will be the hands of black hands makers around my world. The third poster will feature the art work of these black makers interpretation of black hands. And yes it will come with an art show presenting the actual works.
Thank you Llane Alexis Dominguez & George McCalman!
#BlackHands poster is available to order - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shuktara received gifts of toys from the Westside store in Kolkata, thanks to Trent Tata. Part of the Tata group, Trent operates Westside, one of India’s largest retail stores.
Thanks to Trent Tata for supporting our homes for the last two years!
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Durga Puja is one of the most famous and important festivals in West Bengal. This ten-day Hindu festival celebrates the victory of goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
This is a time for everyone, no matter what religion, to dress up in new clothes and go out with family and friends to enjoy the celebration. The young people at shuktara eagerly await this holiday. They love to go out visiting the magnificent pandals that house the Durga sculptures, complete with her lion mount and her ten arms wielding ten weapons.
The boys and girls go out together in two big vehicles over two days. The older boys go out again later on both those nights. This means that Sunil, who absolutely loves the Pujas, gets to go out four times!
When Sanjib came on 23rd September with food for both of our homes, he promised to come back with clothes for the girls and the boys closer to Durga Puja.
Just check out our latest boy Subhash here who has received his first gift of a new shirt! Below are all the boys with Sanjib and a photo of Muniya and Lali with their gifts of perfume. Everyone looks very happy.
Thank you to Sanjib Shaw for being so generous, and Happy Puja!
We had a visitors at Lula Bari recently, Steven Rose and his partner Tracy.
Steven is the CEO of Choice Support, an organisation that provides support to people with learning disabilities in England. He has worked in the field of disability for over 40 years and he and his organisation have been supporting Guria at Lula Bari for the last eight months or so.
On returning to the UK Steven wrote about his visit to shuktara. This is what he says:
Returning to the work of Shuktara, in more than 40 years of working with disabled people I have never been so impressed with the levels of dedication and commitment I witnessed. Shuktara manage to achieve so much with so little and are literally saving children’s lives.
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