THE SAREE SAGA (TSS) a Facebook Group, started on 22nd April 2015 and now comprises of almost 70,000 Indian women from every nook and corner of the world, irrespective of caste and creed today celebrated its 4th anniversary titled “Embrace And Empower” at Regenta Orkos, Kolkata.
The event was inaugurated by Ms Urmi Roy, Administrative Head, New Light NGO, Mr Sudarshan Chakravorty, Choreographer and Artistic Director at Sapphire Creations Dance Academy, Mr Sobhan Mukherjee, Padman of Kolkata, a woman who is into prostitution and Ms Vedaprana Purkayastha, Founder of TSS.
Speaking on this occasion Ms. Vedaprana Purkayastha, the founder of The Saree Saga said, “The Saree Saga is a Facebook group, started 4 years back , to promote draping. But we women are much beyond our attire and looks, reason I have tried my best to touch every social issue and bring in changes in the mindset of peopleToday we are celebrating the annual day of TSS. This event was a humble attempt to make womanhood inclusive. I have always felt that at various levels we are categorised. Divided. And so detached. And trust me when I say this, there is no bigger strength when a woman accepts and embraces another woman for just what she is. Empowerment happens then. And we grow. We breathe. We love. A woman upholding another woman is the best thing that can happen to all of us…
Present on this occasion Ms Urmi Roy, Administrative Head, New Light NGO, Mr Sudarshan Chakravorty, Choreographer, Mr Sobhan Mukherjee Padman of Kolkata, and a women who is into prostitution emphasises on women education, women development and the upliftment of their position in the society.
Almost 100 members of TSS from all section of the society were present to celebrate the occasion. Children of the Sex workers showcased their talents in front of the members and the guests.
Veda further added, “I have always said this and I will reiterate it today again, the society …….together. No problem is a women’s problem. And there is no such thing as a ‘man’s issue’ either. It’s mutual and is entwined in various levels. And the fact remains that no result can be achieved, until a symbiotic relationship is garnered between the two sexes. And today we are proud to have people from various spheres of life as our esteemed speakers.
TSS is now comprises of almost 70,000 Indian women from every nook and corner of the world, irrespective of caste and creed. The group was formed with a vision for promoting draping the 6 yards, which was otherwise becoming obsolete. In order to revive our age old rich cultural heritage and to motivate others to drape sarees often with elegance and grace, we started this group where people could appreciate this attire and also celebrate the essence of womanhood.
With time, we have seen and realised that beauty is ethereal and isn’t limited to your looks. So in this little time, we have embarked in a beautiful journey of WOMEN EMPOWERMENT rather WOMANHOOD by helping many women come out of their shells and rediscover themselves. And this had been possible only due to the encouragement, inspiration and motivation they receive from this group and its members. It’s like their HOME aftera tiring and hectic day.
In this journey TSS has organised many events like Gift a Saree, Gift a Smile at Bangalore, AISHANI – You’re Divine, You’re the Shakti at Guwahati, Old Clothes Donation Drive at Kolkata observed the International Yoga Day at Guwahati, sponsored the annual educational responsibilities of 8 Girl children at Boral Kolkata, Symphony of Silks at Guwahati, Distributing Sanitary Pads among sex workers to promote Menstrual Hygiene and many more to work towards women betterment and empowerment.