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“Real Queens fix each other’s Crowns”- Unknown

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We at Nahar Amrit Shakti believe in this philosophy & leave no opportunity to support & encourage each other. Nahar has become a hub of women talent. To celebrate womanhood, recently Maharashtrian ladies celebrated with lot of pomp & joy first festival of the year Makar Sankranti by having a Haldikumkum program.

This being the 4thconsecutive year of celebration, Mrs. Shilpa Vartak of the organizing committee thought to have some awareness session along with enjoyment. With this idea in mind Dr Vanita Raut, Senior Gynecologistat Hiranandani hospital was approached who readily accepted the invitation to be the speaker for the evening.

Come 18th January & banquet hall at Mantra, Powai was bustling with sounds of laughter & conversations. Beautiful rangoli &decorated diya adorned the entrance while colourful kites were used to create selfie background for all. All the ladies were welcomed in a traditional way by applying Tika &were gifted scented garland, homemade Tilgul (sweet delicacy) & a small token. All the ladies were looking absolutely beautiful in traditional Paithani & Jari border sarees which was the decided dress code for the evening.

Mrs. Neeta anchored the entire program beautifully .The program began by self introduction by each member in the form of couplets or quadruplets popularly known as Ukhana in Marathi. Naughty, comic ones brought the house down.

Dr Vanita Raut, the guest of honor sweetly graced the occasion & guided the whole journey from puberty to post menopause via slideshow. All important topics were discussed&she patiently replied to all the queries. Doctor warned not to neglect any symptoms & gave useful inputs related to nutrition, supplements& diagnosis .The session was really informative for each & all.

In the cultural program segment enthusiastic members showcased their talent via singing, dancing& poem recitations. It ended with all members dancing together to the tunes of latest dance numbers.

The last segment was of vote of thanks to organizing committee members  namely Shilpa Vartak, Anu Padalkar, Ashwini Koshti, Charu Kunte, Deepa Deshpande, Dipti Vispute, Nivedita Kulkarni, Saylee Upadeo, Sonali Kale, Swapna Telkar, Swarali Kulkarni, Yogita Samant, Neeta Kali who toiled day in day out for making evening informative, entertaining & refreshing for all .Delicious food made the evening extra special. Prompt & efficient service was ensured by Mantra restaurant team.

This program has always been a great way of catching up with friends & shedding all inhibitions to showcase talent .It refreshes the bonding & is symbolic assurance that we are here to support each other& to make the journey fun-filled.

                                                                                                                 -Madhura Lathkar
                                                                                     Member of Me Marathi group Nahar