In conjunction with World Syndrome Day, a heartwarming event was organized that touched the hearts of many.
World Saree Day Malaysia (WSDM) joined hands with The Down Syndrome Association of Malaysia (PSDM) to organize an art and cultural charity event, supported by the National Arts and Culture Department (JKKN) and the High Commission of India.
The event aimed to raise awareness about the beauty and significance of the Saree while also raising funds for PSDM to support their expenses. The event was held on 19 March 2023 at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak, Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat, Kuala Lumpur.
The event was graced by the H.E. of the High Commissioner of India, Mr. Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy.
Also present at the event were orphanages and children’s homes from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Lagenda, and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Lindungan Ikhlas.
World Saree Day Malaysia gave proceeds as a donation to PSDM to help obtain additional equipment, vocational career training expenses, and tools in order to help the members of the association to become independent and successful entrepreneurs in the near future.
WSDM through this event aims to bring a social impact on the community by giving exposure through the awareness of this event in hopes to encourage the young generations to continue to love and appreciate the art and culture of various races in Malaysia.
Over 60 Sarees of various materials, textiles, and draping styles were showcased in a fashion show with the participation of 10 experienced models from PDSM. In line with that, individuals with Down syndrome have had the chance to improve their personal growth.
Additionally, the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre (NSCBICC) showcased a distinctive Khatak dance that tells stories through the performers’ eyes and facial expressions.
Besides that, there are many different types of Sarees with a variety of materials, designs, and draping styles, which are worn to suit different occasions across India.
Bharat club Kuala Lumpur showcased 30 different Saree materials and draping styles from 30 states (south to north India) as a way to educate people on the uniqueness and interesting facts about Sarees.
“We choose to educate about the cultural heritage of the Saree because there are many interesting facts to it, one of which being there are different varieties of Sarees, materials, and textiles across India, and there are various ways of draping the saree. It has been recorded that there are a total of 108 ways of wearing a Saree which makes it unique.”- Bkay Nair
Director of World Saree Day, Bkay Nair is also the Director of Bkay Nair Resources (BNR), a training provider and event company that has personally trained many in becoming successful entrepreneurs, well equipped in communication and career development.
World Saree Day Malaysia (WSDM) aims to promote unity among the diverse cultures of Malaysia by encouraging people to wear their traditional clothes, including the Indian Saree. It seeks to preserve and celebrate the different cultural identities in Malaysia while fostering love and respect for the Saree among the younger generation.
A lucky draw was included in the event, offering many attractive prizes including exclusive Sarees, accessories, gold coins, and a trip to Langkawi.
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