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Nagpur: Artists join hands to battle COVID-induced mental health issues with help of art

Musician Darryl Grant (top left) and others during a virtual session by Unboxing Art

Musician Darryl Grant (top left) and others during a virtual session by Unboxing Art

Unboxing Art, a community of young budding artists in Nagpur, has bought together artists to provide free entertainment virtual sessions to citizens facing mental health issues induced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions are personal and customized for everybody.

Once a person in need chooses a preferable art form – poetry, storytelling, music and standup comedy – Unboxing Art team curates the session along with an artist. The team has successfully conducted over 65 sessions in a span on just 8 days and has helped COVID-19 patients and others to deviate their mind away from constant stress.

People from all across India are joining these sessions to distract themselves from the constant stress due to the pandemic. Poets, storytellers, musicians and other artists have come forward to join the noble cause. Some of them include celebrity artists like Rakesh Tiwari (Spoken Word artist, Mumbai) and Jidnya Sujata ( Storyteller, Mumbai).

Husain Rasheed, founder of Unboxing Art, said: “Everyone is helping in their own way. We think that we can make a huge difference through this small initiative. People who attended these sessions seemed to love it thoroughly. Our inbox was full with plethora of messages with praises about how much they enjoyed the sessions and how these sessions have helped them in staying strong in these tough times.”

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Citizens celebrate, perform ‘Kanyadaan’ as girls from Nagpur orphanage get married

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Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

A few citizens from Nagpur stepped up for five girls from Nagpur’s Shradhanand Anathalaya as they not only indulge in various Hindu rituals for the girls but also performed ‘Kanyadaan’ at the joint wedding ceremony for the girls and their respective grooms.

Before the wedding the ceremony, the orphanage, with help from donors organized pre-wedding rituals like haldi ceremony, mehendi ceremony, Satyanarayan Pooja and sangeet ceremony for the girls. At the wedding ceremony, those who performed the ‘Kanyadaan’ at the wedding ceremony included Kishor Dharashivkar, Rajkumar Gupta, Deepa Pachori, Manisha Atul Yamsanwar and Baljeet Bhullar.

The wedding function was organized Shradhanand Anathalaya family, which includes: Meera Khadakkar (Vice President), Nisha Buty (Secretary), BC Bhartia (Treasurer), Geetanjali Buty (Joint Secretary), staff members and inmates of the orphanage.

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Politicians, businessmen shower blessings on Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s son Sanket at his wedding reception

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Photographer : Anurag Raut | Nagpur

Renowned politicians, businessmen and other prominent Nagpurians showered their blessings on MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s son Sanket Bawankule and his wife Anushka during the couple’s wedding reception made held at the Mahalaxmi temple premises in Nagpur’s Koradi on May 29.

Those who attended the reception included: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Thorat, former Union Minister Praful Patel, former Maharashtra CMs Devendra Fadnavis and Prithviraj Chavan, Rishi Darda (Joint Managing Director, Lokmat), Suresh Sharma (MD, Baidhyanath, Sunil Raisoni (Chairmain, Raisoni Group), along with several other prominent people.

The couple got married on May 28 in Pune. The wedding was attended by the likes of Gautam Adani, Baba Ramdev, Raj Thackeray and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

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Armaan Malik regales, Kapil Dev inspires Nagpurians at Khasdar Krida Mahotsav

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev and popular singer Armaan Malik came calling to Nagpur on May 28 to attend the closing ceremony of the season 4 of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav held at Yashwant Stadium. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis were prominently present during the ceremony, which was attended by thousands of citizens.

During the ceremony, while Malik entertained the people present with his popular songs, Dev played cricket with Fadnavis and Gadkari on the stage. Gadkari, who is the man behind the sports festival, was seen enjoying the batting while Dev bowled to him. During his speech, Dev spoke as to why a sportsperson should play for the passion they have for the game and not play just for money.

The 13-day Khasdar Krida Mahotsav, which started on May 13, saw 45,000 sportspersons participating in 30 sports events. In all, around Rs 93 lakh was distributed as prize money during the 13-day sports festival.

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