Monday, December 7, 2009

2009 Campaign PR (27/11): Celebrating women, all the way

Chennai: November 27: It was an occasion to celebrate women all the way. A recital in praise of womanhood and organisations working in the area of women’s rights marked Prajnya’s ‘In Concert: Celebrating defenders of women’s rights’ musical evening held in Chennai on Friday.
The concert was organised as part of Prajnya’s 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence. Representatives from four women’s organisations – Centre for Women’s Development and Research, Forum for Women’s Rights and Development, Feminist Association for Social Action and Pennurimai Iyakkam – were felicitated for their contribution to social justice and women’s human rights. Their work over the years was highlighted in a short presentation prior to the concert.

The event then took a musical turn as eminent vocalist S. Sowmya rendered compositions paying tribute to womanhood. Though she followed the traditional structure of a carnatic recital, she chose songs of Bharatiyar, Devi and women composers in keeping with the theme of the event. Describing her association with Prajnya, she said: “I am a little child as far as my involvement with Prajnya is concerned, but I am an active child.”
Lauding the efforts of Prajnya, Bhavani of FASA said the organisation was very innovative in its honouring of the women defenders, as the representatives of each organisation felicitated each other.

Members of the public who attended the concert contributed ‘ingredients’ into the ‘paanai’ in keeping with Prajnya’s ‘Collaborative Cooking: Recipes against Violence Against Women’ initiative.

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