Tag: boys

shuktara home for disabled young adults - 2016 November - Ramesh

A second visit to shuktara

What brings people to Kolkata for a second time? We're sure it has something to do with shuktara.

David Motion and Vera Hegarty, both longtime supporters of shuktara, visited our homes again just last week. He took all of these great photos - thank you, and we look forward to your third visit!

shuktara home for young adults with disability - Pappu, Pinku and Rajesh at a Durga Puja pandal

Enjoying Durga Puja

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!

shuktara home for young people with disabilities - 2016 October - Sanjib gives Puja gifts

Sanjib returns to give Puja gifts

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!

shuktara home for young adults with disabilities - 2016 September - Sunil flying a kite

Sunil flies a kite – and Puja Season begins

You can feel it in the air - Puja Season is definitely coming to Kolkata.

17th September is Vishwakarma Puja followed soon after by the famous Durga Puja and ending with Kali Puja and Lakshmi Puja.

Instinctively Sunil just seems to know, finds a kite, flies it and starts making those very excited Sunil sounds.

For more about Sunil please click here.

shuktara home for boys with disabilities - 2015 January - Raju and Sumon on the set of LION

shuktara on the set of Lion film

First trailer for LION released!

Lion is a film that resonates with many at shuktara - it's the story of a boy who gets lost after boarding the wrong train and ends up in Kolkata, far from home. Adopted by a couple from Australia, many years later he goes back to India to search for his family.

When Lion was filmed last year in Kolkata four of the boys from shuktara were called in by the production team to be part of the film.

Here are photos of Raju, Ashok, Sumon and Bablu on the set.

shuktara home for kids with disabilities - 2016 Raksha Bandhan - Lali, Guria, and David

Rakhi at shuktara

Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated throughout India on a full moon day when traditionally a sister ties a Rakhi on her brother's wrist. According to Wikipedia:

The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. It is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related.

Pappu Mishra, Somnath Sardar and David took Sunil to Lula Bari in the afternoon where the girls had all made threads for the boys in shuktara.

Sunil was the centre of attention and each girl put a Rakhi on his wrist as well as on Pappu, Somnath and David.

Because this is shuktara where equality rules Somnath and Pappu also tied threads for each of the girls!

To find out more about the young people of shuktara please click here.