An Entertainment program – Virtual Concert was held on Oct 2nd 2020 to entertain all MS persons & their family members to bring a change for them during the pandemic which was well-received by all the chapters.
To commemorate India MS Day an Awareness program cum panel discussion was held at PMSSY Hospital (Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana) – Victoria Hospital Campus on 07 Feb 2020.
More than 100 people had gathered which includes MS persons, caretakers, Doctors, Volunteers, Government officials etc.
The Chief Guest & Speakers for the event were:
- Veteran Actor Sri. Srinath – Chief Guest
- Geetha Patil – Deputy Director, Dept. of the Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior Citizens
- Umesh – District Disabled Welfare Officer
- Rajesh B. Iyer – Neurologist, Vikram Hospital
- Shashikant – Integrated Medicine specialist
- Praveen Kumar – HOD, Neurology Dept., PMSSY – BMC & RI
- Archana. B – Professor of Neurology, PMSSY – BMC & RI
- Karthik – Associate Professor, PMSSY – BMC & RI
- D. C.Janardhan – Assistant Professor, PMSSY – BMC & RI
- Suhas – Assistant Professor, PMSSY – BMC & RI
- Manoj Alluri – Neurology Resident – PMSSY – BMC & RI
- Sanketh – Neurology Resident – PMSSY – BMC & RI
- Nirupama. C – Neuro Physiotherapist – PMSSY – BMC & RI
The program started with lighting the lamp by the Chief Guest, Actor Srinath, Smt. Geetha Patil, Mr. Umesh, Dr. Praveen Kumar & Narayan Rao – MS person.
The invocation was rendered by Ms. Shruti followed by welcome address by Mr. Punkaj Gupta.
Mementoes were given to all the dignitaries present. Chief guest Veteran Actor Srinath spoke about the difficulties faced by MS affected persons & also told the audience that MSSI Bengaluru Chapter has organized this program as a platform for MS persons to discuss their difficulties & problems faced with the panel of Doctors & Government officials & to make use of this rare opportunity. He also wished all MS persons to follow as per the Doctor’s advice & stay healthy.
MS persons Geetha Balaji & Gautam Kashyap were given an opportunity to share their experience & challenges faced after their diagnosis of MS.
Dr. Manoj Alluri spoke on the topic About MS followed by Neuro Rehabilitation in MS by Dr. Nirupama. C. Dr. Shashikanth, Yoga therapist taught a few exercises on Mind & Body Relaxation.
After the yoga session, a Panel Discussion was held which was moderated by Mr. Punkaj Gupta. It was a good interaction between the Doctors, Government Officials & MS persons. Mr. Umesh Chandrashekar & Smt. Geetha Patil explained about the various schemes to be availed through UDID card. MSSI also submitted a project proposal to Smt. Geetha Patil & Mr. Umesh Chandrashekar at this point of time to take it forward to the concerned Government officials.
Main points mentioned in the project proposal were:
Objectives – Rehabilitation centre cum office for MSSI
- Mobilize all of us inside the movement – organizations, people affected by MS, volunteers, donors and staff, to achieve our common mission to improve the quality of life of people affected by MS.
- To expand our work all around the districts in Karnataka & provide services.
- To bring Staff training program for administering Official work and therapies.
- It is built on the conviction that if we work together we can achieve this faster and better than if we each work on our own.
Smt. Geetha Patil, Deputy Director Dept. of the Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior Citizens assured us that she would take it forward. She also invited the MSSI Committee to meet her next week to take this proposal forward.
Finally, Mr. Punkaj Gupta rendered Vote of thanks & thanked all the dignitaries, Doctors, MS persons, caretakers & volunteers for their support in attending this event & making it a grand success.
As a part of Disability Week Bengaluru Chapter showcased the #My Invisible MS campaign photographs at ANZ, Bengaluru. More than 500 people visited the kiosk and Shankar Subramanian gave a talk on disability etiquettes and invisible disabilities.
To Commemorate World MS Day MSSI Bengaluru Chapter hosted a photography exhibition – Seeing the Unseen depicting the pictures of Invisible Symptoms of MS.
The Exhibition was held from 29th to 31st May 2019 at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bengaluru which explored the voice of MS persons about their Invisible Symptoms.
Chief Guests for the event was Rotarian Suresh Hari, District Governor RMV Club, Ms. Vasanthi Hariprakash – Social media influencer & Journalist, Rotarian Rajaram & Punkaj Gupta, Hon. Secretary of MSSI, Bengaluru Chapter.
World MS Day program started with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guests Mr. Viresh Oberoi – MSSI President, Mrs. Renuka Malaker – National Hon. Secretary MSSI, Guest of Honor RJ Melodee, Mr. Mariappan, Asst. Director – Dept. of Empowerment of Differently Abled & Senior citizens, Karnataka Government. The invocation was rendered by MS person Kavita Jayaram followed by Welcome Address by Mr. Punkaj Gupta.
WMSD Representative Mr. Shankar Subramanian spoke about MSSI & WMSD. Mr. Mariappan spoke about various aspects of the Disability Act & about the implementation of UDID card in Karnataka. He also assured of his possible assistance towards MSSI from the Government end.
A panel discussion was held followed by press interaction.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION HELD FROM 1ST TO 10TH MARCH 2019
A solo exhibition was held by Mr. Punkaj Gupta, Hon. Secretary to create Awareness cum Fund Raising
Along with Honeycomb Creative Support. The inauguration was held on March 1st 2019 at the Honeycomb Art Gallery which was inaugurated by Mr. Anand Sharan, Senior Photographer & Mentor, Felicitation by Noufel, Founder & MD of Honeycomb Creative Support (P) Ltd., & Vote of thanks was rendered by
Mr. K. A. Prasad, Senior Managing Committee Member of MSSI.
Mr. Punkaj was generous to contribute the sale proceeds of the photographs towards MSSI. It was a good awareness for the public for the entire exhibition of ten days wherein more than 700 people had visited the gallery.
Also during the exhibition Awesome, three events took place like:
- Playback theatre show
- Musings on the spot
- Instant Painting of the photographs
Instant playback theatre was performed by Ranji David based on the experiences of the audience after seeing some of the photographs.
Musings on the spot by Navoneil Bhattacharya where he, along with the entire audience, wrote instant poetry on some of the photographs.
Instant painting by Mithila Ketkar along with the audience on their individual canvas of their interpretation of some of the photographs was held.
To Commemorate India MS Day MSSI Bengaluru Chapter conducted two days events. On February 2, 2019, an awareness bike rally was conducted from Omega Healthcare Management Services Pvt. Ltd. to NIMHANS in which around 80 Bikers consisting of Rotarians, Rotaractors of Presidency College, Volunteers, Committee Members of MSSI and MS Persons. Mr. Purushothama Reddy, Senior Vice President – Finance and Head- CSR of Omega Healthcare Management Services Pvt. Ltd. flagged off the Rally. The Rally covered about 9.5 kms stretch & reached NIMHANS. It was a good Awareness among the public throughout the stretch.
Sumptuous breakfast was ready at NIMHANS by the time the Bikers reached the venue. MS persons Y& the NIMHANS team received the Bikers. As per the plan, everybody assembled at the seminar hall of NIMHANS. Formal inauguration was done by Dr.Gangadhar, Director, Registrar & Doctors of NIMHANS.
Dr. Netravati, Assistant Professor, Neurology welcomed the group. Dr. Gangadhar gave a brief speech on MS & the association of NIMHANS with MSSI from a long time. Green Mementos were given to all the dignitaries present for the occasion.
Panel discussion was held under Dr. Sathish Chandra, Neurologist & past Director of NIMHANS along with a team of Doctors specialized in various fields. After the panel discussion Creative Movement Therapy was held which was enjoyed well by the whole audience present.
Mr. V.S. Basavaraju, State Commissioner for Disability, Govt. of Karnataka gave a speech on different governmental benefits and projects.
Mr. Punkaj, Hon.Secretary submitted the appeal letter to the commissioner describing the important points of getting support from the Government schemes available to MS persons such as support towards free MRI in government hospitals for MS persons, implementation of UDID card, reduce in cost of treatment, concession in hospitalization charges, and easy access to Indian generic drugs on public domain or healthcare platforms.
The Commissioner briefed on the possibilities of availing benefits from the Government like pension schemes, rights of the disabled person & UDID card.
The program started with the breakfast after which welcome address was given by Mr. Shankar. Mr. Punkaj spoke on the ICTRIMS conference he attended which was held in Kochi.
Dr. Shashikanth rendered a speech on Integrated Medicines, Yoga & Ayurveda to the audience.
After that Mrs. Geetha Balaji & Mrs. Kala performed a skit which portrayed the difficulties of an MS person facing bladder issues & the problem faced while using a public toilet. This skit was rendered in a jovial manner where everyone enjoyed. Then Ms. Kavitha Jayaram & MS person Megha’s mother rendered songs as the part of Diwali celebrations. The audience joined in the song along with them. Homemade chocolates prepared by Megha was distributed to everyone present.
Shankar announced about the introduction of special services from MSSI like Doctor’s home visit to each MS person’s houses monthly once on a rotational basis. Requested everyone to inform Rani like whoever is interested to give the names so that necessary arrangements can be done accordingly. MS persons were very interested in this initiative & started giving the names.
Dr. Shashikanth handed over a wheelchair to MS person Leullin Leo & Lalitha handed over Adult Diapers to Archana’s father which were donated by MSSI. As a part of Diwali celebration, MSSI distributed sweets and Diyas to all MS persons.
Finally, individual consultations were held by Dr. Shashikant & Physiotherapy consultations by Mr. Sudeep & Mr. Safraz.
The awareness program started with the welcome address by Mr. Sangam, President Rotaract followed by a presentation on MS by Dr. Shashikanth, a yoga therapist. Presentation comprised of the description of MS, causes, symptoms, types and management of the same. The doctor also mentioned the activities done by MSSI, Bangalore Chapter. Then the student Rotaract coordinator gave an introduction about the guest speaker, Mrs. Geetha Balaji. Mrs. Balaji shared her personal experience about MS and captured all the audience’s mind and soul through her motivational speech. After that, the floor was open for question and answer session by students which were cleared by Dr. Shashikanth. Then the Rotaract coordinators felicitated the volunteers of MSSI and delivered the vote of thanks. The meeting winded up by a group photo, followed by refreshments.
Dr. Shashikanth -Yoga Therapist
Mrs. Rani – Administrator
Ms. Meera Mariyam – Medico Social Worker
Mrs.Geetha Balaji -Member
DAY : Thursday, September 27th 2018
TIME : 3 pm – 4 pm
PLACE: Presidency College Seminar Hall.
A Fund Raising program Jagachitra was held in continuation with the camp to commemorate WMSD. This event was held mainly to create Awareness among general public & also to raise funds for the welfare of MS persons in aid of MSSI, Bangalore Chapter from Thank God It’s Saturday
Thank God it’s Saturday!’ or TGiS in short, is an exclusive group of photographers, both experienced and amateur, who despite their varied professions get together every weekend to pursue their collective love for photography. TGIS has been raising funds since 2003 has committed the entire proceeds to noble causes which includes the Rotary and the MSSI.
The collection of photographs showcases a wide repertoire of motifs, ranging across culture & festivals, monuments, flora, fauna, dances and landscapes of the India and from across the world. What makes these exhibitions so special is the display of amateur works of high standard, right alongside those of experienced and senior photographers, contributing to a liberating spirit of inclusion.
Inauguration of the exhibition:
Grand inauguration of the photography exhibition was held on May 31st 2018 at Rangasthala Auditorium adjacent to the exhibition hall. Celebrity who inaugurated the event was a famous & Award winning actress Suman Nagarkar.
There were more than thousand people who visited the exhibition every day and brochures were handed over to them. Volunteers explained the cause and briefed visitors about MS. We had a good media coverage which helped us in creating more awareness about MS.
An article about Jagachitra was published in Your story, link provided below:
OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO SANOFI GENZYME FOR THE SPONSORSHIP TOWARDS THE WMSD EVENTS HELD.