From the President of MSSI
Viresh Oberoi, President of Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI) speaks on the occasion of World MS Day 2020.
From the WMSD Representative
Shankar Subramanian World MS Day representative for Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI) speaks on the occasion of World MS Day 2020
Joy of Mandalas
An interactive webinar organised by Multiple Sclerosis Society of India on the Joy of Mandalas promoted by MSSI member Mamta Gupta.
Steps to colour a Mandala (BY SMUDGING) on your smartphone
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Check out the colourful mandalas created by people in support of World MS Day.
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You can read stories of MS persons and their life journey here
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Neelima of MSSI Hyderabad describes steps to colour a mandala on a Computer.
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You can download Mandals and colour them with the colours of your choice.
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Mrs. Sheela Chitnis, M.A. from Mumbai University is Co-Founder of Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI). Her husband Mukund Chitnis was the first MS Patient with whom the MSSI was established in Mumbai in 1985. Since then Sheela has done pioneer work in India for the Awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and has initiated many innovative welfare projects pertaining to physical and economic Rehabilitation of MS Patients in Mumbai, most of which are replicated in all other Chapters of MSSI.
She has continuously strived to raise MS Awareness through Talks on various platforms about Multiple Sclerosis which was totally unknown disease among the general public as well as a medical fraternity.
She has introduced “MS Walk” in 2002 in Mumbai, which is now regular annual event all over India.
Her first big fund raising of Rs.1,50,000/- for MSSI was through her own collage paintings in 1993 and since then she has raised maximum funds.
She is the first one to showcase MSSI’s work at MS International Federation which was appreciated by them from time to time.
Support from Members and People
Viraja Maganti speaks on the occasion of World MS Day 2020
Sanket Mestry, MSSI Member, Indore speaks on MS Connections
“TOGETHER”a song sung by MS person Hema Gulati from MSSI Hyderabad
Mandira Bedi speaks on the occasion of World MS Day 2020
Mandalas for World MS day 2020
Mandalas created by people in support of World MS Day 2020.
This is one of the mandala created by Nidhi who is studying in 8th standard. She has heard about her mother’s cousin who is an MSP, Shankar Ganesh and was ready to the manadala as part of awareness campaign in support of world MS day 2020. Nidhi is a creative kid with drawing, painting doodling , making mandalas as her regular activities at home. She reads lots of books and wants to become a doctor. We wish her all success in her life and thanks to the support offered through her art work.
“Mandala….a wonderful way to divert urself from ur mental or any kind of tensions….best diversion. I love to do mandala on a paper…while doing totally forgot all my physical pain and also mental tensions …it’s the best way to divert I feel relaxed and I also got 2 different mandala’s to colour….excited like a little girl…it also brings out the little child in me who would sharpen her colour pencils to make a perfect colouring art.”
~Dimple – MSSI Hyderabad
Friends lots of learning here !! “Gracious Namaste”
I’m Aarti from Kolkata offering my gratitude for the Mandala Artwork. I had an interest in drawing and painting since childhood so was keen to do it. Because of the lockdown around, I could not get the printout of the picture so I decided to complete the colouring via my phone. Soon I realised it was difficult to colour without screen pen, so I went through YouTube videos and made a pen using an earbud wrapped around by a copper wire, by slightly touching the cotton with water to make it moist, my pen was ready to work on my screen … I felt happy about myself about this small achievement. This piece of Art brought back a lot of childhood memories. Special thanks to Arun from Chennai for encouraging me and guiding me with the appropriate Colour App to complete the work. Thanks to MSSI team for such an innovative idea..”
This is Preeti Bery from Kolkata and I took up the mandala challenge and painted two mandalas- one with colour pencils n the other with crayons. Initially, I was a little apprehensive about taking it up but then ms has mentally made me very strong and I now love taking up challenges. In spite of partial vision in one eye n stiffness in my fingers, it took me six hours to complete both the mandalas. It has given me great pleasure to take up this task and complete it on time.
Beauty, art, creativity, talent, passion, fun, love, compassion and connection……all pouring out from the mandala art. Here’s Vandana Jain, an artist and a jewellery designer who loves playing with colours and has created her own Mandalas for MSSI. Thank you, Vandana for such beautiful wholehearted support.
MSSI Hyderabad Chairperson Meena Gupta inspires her MS family !! She says.. “Colouring the Mandalas is awesome, it’s total relaxation. I have always been very fond of art and while filling the colours, many childhood memories flashed back. I like to give the colours some breathing space that’s why some parts are white. Reconnected with myself – loved it !!!!! “
“They say Relationships are made in heaven. Here is a relationship which is heaven for two of us. My little angel Chahat who is my friends niece filled a void of a daughter in my life. She calls me her best friend. We discuss everything kathak her passion, chocolates u name it. The best time of my day is when I get a video call from her to tell me how her day was…. Chahat is my reason to smile…MSperson Arun Mohan
London addicted to Mandala art. Sarika Sareen sends us her beautiful mandala full of love and gratitude. “I have never been into colouring or arts much. A couple of weeks back, I was really upset over the loss of a friend and couldn’t function at all. First time in over 20 years, I picked up a brush and it gave me so much peace & calm. Special thank you to my sister Namita Garg & aunt Mamta Gupta.
Kudos to Team MSSI for the amazing initiative and all the best!”
It’s Denmark now !! Aakil, son of Sunita Lalwani, committee member MSSI Pune, sends us his beautiful piece of art from Denmark. “Hi! I have come here to do my Master’s. When in India I enjoyed volunteering for MSSI Pune activities be it fundraising, marathon, walkathon,…. whatever. I’m glad that “Mandalas” theme was chosen for this year’s WMSD as it enabled me to participate from here. My Best Wishes to Team MSSI for all their future endeavours.”
“Happiness is the mother and daughter time.” MS Person Sushma from MSSI Hyderabad reflects on her mandala art. “This Mandala with simple VIBGYOR colours reflects the spectrum of emotions a PwMS goes through each day. What we feel in the morning is different from the afternoon and entirely can be opposite towards the evening. Happy, moody, energetic, dull, irritated, calm, depressed, enthusiastic.. Hence the combination of warm, cool and neutral colours!
Sheeba is so happy to see the mandalas coloured by her caregiver Simran. Their #mandalaart story goes like this… “One fine morning I saw some circular design papers lying on the table. Couldn’t resist myself to look at them, very excitedly rushed towards them grabbed my box of colour pencils and started colouring without wasting a minute. I was totally out of the world as I always love to color. I started filling colors of my choice. They are so beautiful, I never knew they are called *MANDALAS*. Wow! What a great role colors play in our lives,it’s a powerful communication tool that influence mood and even influence psychological reactions. While coloring *Mandalas* I have learnt the benefits and impact of colors that help in the development of *_BRAIN_* and makes the brain more creative. I really loved the journey of colouring the *MANDALAS*
My daughter and I were wanting to do something destressing and satisfying during this lockdown period in the midst of our work from home and work at home schedules.Doing these mandalas was such fun and brought out the latent artist in us alive.I thank MSSI especially Mamta Gupta for giving us an opportunity to do the same.
~Seema Jetley Sharma