Mental Wellness Platform ‘Monoshij’ Hosts Second Edition Of Happiness Fair

The second edition of the day-long Happiness Fair was organised by Monoshij, the mental wellness platform of Techno India Group at its Saltlake campus on 21st March. Present at the inauguration were famous magician Mr. P.C. Sorkar Junior, Mr Sumit Agarwal, motivational speaker; Mrs Soma Bhowmick, artist and motivational speaker and Prof Manoshi Roy Chowdhury, Co-chairperson, Techno India Group.

Post the inauguration, there was a panel discussion on ‘On Resilience: Overcoming Challenges In Life’ where Mr Sumit Agarwal, motivational speaker, Mrs Soma Bhowmick, artist and motivational speaker and Prof Manoshi Roy Chowdhury, Co-chairperson, Techno India Group shared their views. The discussion benefitted the audience to gain insight into managing difficulties in life and ways to develop mental, emotional, and behavioural flexibility. The panel discussion was followed by a workshop on ‘De-Stress through movements’ facilitated by Ms Shayori Mitra, a dance movement therapist. The session helped the participants to be more mindful of ways one can manage stress through maneuvering one’s movements. One of the unique aspects of the fair was the “Sit & Draw Competition” which was aimed at the inclusion of both differently-abled individuals and abled individuals.

Apart from these, there were many performances lined up for the participants of the fair. A fashion show by the senior citizens of ‘Snehodiya’, and a fashion shows by the school students with their caregivers were an integral part of the fair. Dance performances by underprivileged children along with dance and music performances by Techno India students, open to all quiz, Antakshari, and a flash mob were a treat for all.

“The International Day of Happiness, being celebrated on 20th March every year, reminds us of the importance of being grateful and kind to one another. The feeling of being included and accepted for who we are through freedom of self-expression brings in moments of joy. Hence, the fair aims to create a common platform for senior members, individuals who are differently abled and from marginalized backgrounds, and the general mass to exhibit their talents, as creativity serves as one of the key factors on the road to happiness. The concept of taking forward kindness through inclusion helps to eradicate prejudices, intolerance and stigma which the world is trying hard to fight. The Happiness Fair is one such endeavor that attempts to break the stigma around mental health and harp on the need to cater to our emotional wellness. All of us witnessed a rise in anxiety, depression, feelings of loneliness and other psychological concerns. The fair aims to bring to light the certain ways one can walk towards positive living and enhance their sense of wellbeing”, said Prof Manoshi Roy Chowdhury, Co Chairman, Techno India Group.

The other attractions at the fair were the stalls put up by NGOs who showcased handicraft items made by individuals recovering from chronic mental illness and hailing from absolutely poor socio-economic strata of society. The segment showcased products made by the sustainability initiative of Techno India Group, Y-East and painting and craft work put up by the students of the Design school. A wide array of delicious food stalls added to the fun.

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