Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The TAMANA Cause

Today i spent a lovely afternoon with the  Tamana group.  This was the winter Carnival in aid of Tamana's vocational Training school and i simply had to make the journey from Faidabad to Chanakyapuri.

The Canival's venue were the lush green, enormous lawns of the British High Commission in Rajaji Marg.

The roads along side the venue were lined up with parked cars as more and more Delhites  came to show their support for the NGO and the Cause.

The whole  carnival  had a festive look with balloons  at the gate, inviting you inside.

Tamana is a non-profit voluntary organization registered in March 1984, created solely with the purpose of helping the cause of mentally challenged, multiply disabled and autistic. Tamana is recognized by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, Department of Social Welfare; Govt. of NCT Delhi and is registered with the National Trust.

Tamana offers an Individual Educational Program for every student, aimed at social and economic independence, which incorporates special education, regular academic program through the NIOS, therapeutic interventions and vocational training. Each Centre of Tamana offers -speech, occupational and physiotherapy, life skills training, computer education, music and dance, weight management and physical fitness, sports and extracurricular activities, counseling, behaviour modification, diagnostics and assessment facilities, family counseling.

Tamana was born out of the living faith and optimism of Shyama Chona, mother of Tamana Chona, who was born with cerebral palsy. To begin with, this child was saddled with problems. But slowly, bit by bit, with the help and guidance of her mother, she started to cross the innumerable hurdles that hindered her progress. At times. her progress was nothing short of miraculous. This inspired her mother to extend the same kind of help and guidance to other handicapped children. And thus, the Tamana -the charitable society- was born.

The journey for Tamana the organization and Tamana herself has been arduous. Nonetheless both are success stories today. Tamana Chona has fought all odds and is a teacher in the Infant branch of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. Tamana the organisation which started with 4 students, today has hundreds of students between ages of 4 years -30 years enrolled in its three Delhi branches- Autism Centre -School of Hope, Tamana Special School and Nai Disha.

Thee was everything from Home Linen, Jewellery, Apparels , Kiddie stuff and more: 

 Students of  Tamana school and  Nai Disha, performing at the Carnival:

And finally Tamana Shona took to the stage: 

She wouldn't rest till her mother, Dr Shayma Chona joined her :)

  And she was in a real festive mood.  So she went over and invited a male audience to shake a leg

and he obliged happily!

And guess who was the Surprise of the day.  None other than the Herbal Queen.  Shahnaz Hussain came to lend support and appreciation to the Tamana Cause.

The Carnival had an inviting Food Court where you could sit and enjoy food under the bright Winter Sunshine:

For the Non Vegetarians there  were plenty of Kababs and delicacies.

And this was my Lunch :))

Innovative Cushions for Home Decor.

The mandatory Kid's Section :

As the post tells it was a wonderful Carnival for an even more wonderful Cause!


  1. Hi Abha.Your post is really absorbing.The photographs are eye catching and present a clear picture of the Tamana Institution.Long back ,I was was associated with Mrs. Chona,when she was the Principal of DPS RK Puram and Tamana was a baby girl. Mrs. Chona, with her grit and determination nurtured the baby and slowly and steadily the child acquired self confidence and was able to study and became independent. Only a mother like Mrs.Chona could do all this. Hats off to Mrs. Chona and Three Cheers for Tamana!!!

    1. Yes, Dr Chona's faith in her daughter and the cause is commendable and a success story. No wonder she has won several awards from the govt :)

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