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"Now I feel there are an abundance of people, whom I can speak with due to
your online events,

and follow my passion.”
– Ms R Mukherjee, Support Elders Member

SHOWCASE TALENT, CREATIVITY AND PASSION

CREATIVITY IS PIERCING THE MUNDANE TO FIND THE MARVELLOUS. - BILL MOYERS

Stained glass beauty
Stained Glass Beauty
This fabulous glass painting has been made by our member Ms Chandana Roy. She had seen this drawing on a post card. She drew it on a chart paper according to the size of the glass. Then she got it photocopied and traced it to paste it on the glass door. Using tube colours of her choice, specially designed for glass painting, she completed it.
Aluminum Painting
This unique artwork has been made by our member Ms S. Pal. First the image was drawn on the aluminum metal sheet. Then with a wooden tool with a flat mouth, the image was pressed in different places for creating specific outlines. Then hammering was done to create the emboss. Once that was done the outlines were painted with spray paint used exclusively for aluminum painting.
Fabric Fantasia
Our member Ms M. Das has used mixed art – fabric colours, appliqué and thread work to create this fantastic work of art. She has used waste cloth pieces to make the clothes and fabric colour to paint the hands and legs of the palanquin bearers and the musicians. The cloths were then stitched on the base cloth to create the appliqué work. She gave a final touch to the borders using thread work.
Threads depicting the Kolkata Skyline
Our member Ms. N. Majumdar, has created the Kolkata Skyline through stitches. On a piece of Tussar silk the basic sketch was made by her husband. She had then stitched the iconic Kolkata landscape using Anchor thread, stem stitch, back stitch and chain stitch. Her thread work depicting Kolkata cityscape is very creative.
Latch Hook Rugs
Our member Ms L. Mukherjee, had made these beautiful rugs, using wool, rug hooking mesh and latch hook. She had drawn the design on the base net and then used colourful wool as required. Then she wound the wool around a stick of ½ inch diameter. Using the latch hook she knotted a few strings of wool through each mesh square. After completing the picture, the wool on top was evenly cut to size. Then it was neatly covered with plastic sheet.
Straw Symphony
Straw Symphony
Our member Ms S. De, has created this beautiful artwork using dried straws soaked in water. She had taken a board, painted it black and drew a picture of her choice. The soaked straws were intricately cut into fine lengths and sizes to fit the picture, which were then pasted. Thus she transformed the mundane to marvellous.
Wood carving art
Our member Dr M. Basu, has created this fantastic wall mount by carving wood with a chisel. First a design was selected. Then on Gama wood the design was carved and given shape. It was then mounted on a wooden base. The entire artwork was then polished and framed and looks lustrous.
Alpana painting
This beautiful painting was made by our member 𝐌𝐬. 𝐌. 𝐁𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐲𝐚 using alpana designs. She had first taken a black paper and divided it in three equal parts. Then she traced 3 designs on it. Using acrylic colour and with thick strokes she made this wonderful painting. The colour combination used is also wonderful. The entire painting was then mounted on a white board.
Elegant Embroidery
Our member Ms. J. Sengupta had completed the first stitch work more than 35 years ago in three days. It was framed with Aluminium beading. But with time it got faded and she recreated it on raw silk base. The same picture was drawn once again. Due to arthritis, it was painstaking to complete the picture, but she did it. Using anchor skeins, she stitched this intricate design and the end result looks fantastic.
Brilliant Bedcovers
Our member Ms.B.Guha has made this bedcover in an innovative manner. It is a recent creation of hers. She had taken three old sarees and cut out the borders neatly. She placed the borders side by side and stitched them to create a nice pattern. Then this sheet of cloth was placed on an old bedsheet and stitched from all sides. At the end, a nice lace was attached on all four sides of the bedcover to give it a brilliant look.
Cute and cuddly
These cute soft toys have been made by our member 𝗠𝘀 𝗣. 𝗠𝘂𝗸𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗷𝗲𝗲. First, the tracing was placed on the reverse side of the fur cloth. Then the fur cloth was cut according to the shape. Three sides of the edges were neatly stitched from the reverse side. It was then turned inside out. The cover was stuffed with cotton, small pieces of sponge or any other soft thing which could easily provide shape to the soft toys. Once the shape was ready it was decked with clothes, eyes, nose and other embellishments.
Transparent Gel Candles
These amazing gel candles are made by our member 𝗠𝘀 𝗞. 𝗗𝗮𝘀𝗴𝘂𝗽𝘁𝗮. For the adornments she had first melted coloured wax. While it was soft, she transformed them into flowers of different shapes, sizes and colours. Then she added leaves and stems or pebbles of her choice in the glasses along with the flowers. For the candle she placed a wick in the centre of the glass and held it in place with a tong while she slowly poured melted gel wax into the glass. The wick was not moved till the entire wax solidified.
Sand art
This beautiful work of art made by our member Ms A. Ghosh Roy has a unique feature. It has been made with coloured sand. She drew a design on a cloth, making the outlines bold. With a brush she evenly spread gum between the outlines, and then filled the parts with coloured sand. Bit by bit she completed this beautiful piece of art. The colours look natural yet gives the picture a distinguished look.
Creative Cutwork
This cutwork embroidery has been created by our member Ms D. Chatterjee on a table cloth. The beautiful design and the intricate stitches, indicate her love for needle-work. She drew the design on a coloured casement cloth of her choice, and then used a thick brown thread for the stitches. The entire design was outlined with run stitch from which buttonhole stitches were made. The enclosed material of the leaves was then cut away with a scissor.
Sprig of colours
This bouquet of flowers, created by our member Ms J. Dutta is a perfect example of best out of waste. She has created roses, tulips and other flowers by cutting petals out of discarded cloths and colourful papers. She has stuck these flowers on real dried twigs and sprinkled some cut papers on gum, in the centre of each, making them look realistic.
Endearing Earthenware
Our member Ms A. Bose has transformed a simple earthenware into a beautiful artifact. She used zinc oxide and water for the base paint and kept it for a day for drying. She then created a floral design out of plaster of paris along with stems and leaves. It was made vibrant with oil colours and stuck neatly on the pot with gum. The rim of the pot was further decorated to enhance its beauty.
𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗱
These rare bead toys have been made by our member Ms G. Basu Mondal. She has used small shiny white beads along with a few coloured ones to create different animals. The beads were strung together using needle and nylon strings and given shape by stuffing them with cotton and silver papers.
𝗦𝘁𝘆𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘭𝘪𝘴
Our member Ms M. Purkayastha, has made beautiful 𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘭𝘪𝘴, which can be used in any occasion, especially for parties and marriages. She has used bright silk cloths, fancy laces, saree borders and decorative 𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘴 to make these amazingly stylish 𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘭𝘪𝘴.
𝗖𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘁 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗽𝗲𝘁
Our member Ms K. Das Paul, is a versatile artwork creator. She is fond of making beautiful woollen stuff. This carpet has been aesthetically created using scrap wool. She has blended bright colours and crochet pattern into a circular design to make it look completely different and attractive.
𝗔𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿
This lovely painting has been made by our member Ms M. Desai. She has made it vibrant with her choice of colours. These flowers look bright and beautiful on art paper painted with water-based colours. The contrasting background has made the entire painting prominent and beautiful.
𝗕𝗮𝗯𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 - 𝙠𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙖
Our member Ms I. Narayan is very fond of needle work, and has beautified many sarees, shawls and baby bed spreads with her stitches. She has transformed this Assamese 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘤𝘩𝘩𝘢 (soft towel) into a 𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘢 or a baby’s bed spread, using various colourful embroidery threads. She has used 𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘢 stitch or short run stitch making the designs look lovely. To make it thick and prevent the stitches from hurting the baby, she has used fine quality white cloth to cover the stiches from the back.
𝗗𝗮𝘇𝘇𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗯𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗺𝘀
This beautiful urn with blossoms is made using flexible plastic yarn by our member Ms P. Mukherjee. A hard plastic base is used to keep the vase in an upright position. Meticulously the yarn has been woven to create the urn and the bright colour used for the blossoms make them look attractive. This had been created long ago, but the washable quality of the yarn has kept the colour and brightness intact.
𝗘𝘅𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝗗𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘀
These exquisite handmade dolls are created by our member Ms D. Chatterjee. These beautiful dolls are made of cloth except for the face. They are stuffed with cotton and straw to give it a human shape. To keep the dolls upright, an iron stick has been inserted in it which is attached to a wooden base. The face is then stitched and the hair is fixed to give it an identity. The dolls are adorned with handmade dresses replete with 𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘪 and 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘢𝘯 work, and embellished with ornaments.
Sequined embroidery
Our member Ms P. Banerjee has magic fingers. This Saraswati idol stitched with white thread on a red piece of cloth, beautifully decorated with sequins is her magic creation. She has used run stitch to create this idol, and the ornaments and borders of the garment have been decorated with sequins to give it a rich, shiny appearance.
𝗘𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿
This intricately embroidered table cover had been made by our member Ms S. Bhowmik, while studying in school. On a cotton cloth she had first traced the drawing with the help of her convent school sisters. She used coloured embroidery skeins to embroider the pattern using lazy daisy and chain stitch.
Art and artistry
Our member Mr S. Chanda, an accomplished artist, created this wonderful painting on canvas. The choice of light toned colours in the background has beautifully enhanced the presence of the lady sitting on the edge of the stone. The demarcation of the water and the sky and the splashes of the water have been depicted fantastically. The ripples in the water and the near original skin texture demonstrates the talent of the painter to make this realistic.
Colours on canvas
Our member Ms M. Mukherjee never had a formal training in drawing. She has created this beautiful painting from her imagination on canvas paper, using water colours. This vibrant bird holding a straw in its sharp beak, looks fantastic.
Flared Skirts
Our member, Ms N. Nath, had stitched these lovely skirts for her granddaughter, years back. These skirts have extra flare, due to the umbrella cut design, which look gorgeous. There’s a special way of stitching, to add more flare to skirts, which need a lot of patience. The vibrant colours used for making these skirts have further beautified these handmade garments.
𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘁
Our member Mr K.K. Roy, has a knack of creating something new from discarded materials. He created this beautiful Rath for Lord Ganesh with some materials that are normally cast-off when they are unwanted. The colourful halo is created using an old CD and the base is made with the CD cover. The four pillars are made of used eye droppers. He collected the wheels from broken toys to create the chariot wheels. This idol of Ganesha, shows our member’s fantastic aesthetic sense created with unassuming materials.
𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗯𝗮𝗴𝘀
This mat is a unique creation with plastic carry bags, by our member Ms N. Chakrabarty, which apparently looks like a crochet table mat. She collected a variety of coloured plastic carry bags, painstakingly rolled each one of them to bind them together and weave them in a pattern, to make this extraordinary mat.
𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝙗𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙠 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗹𝗲
Our member, 𝗠𝘀 𝗥. 𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗷𝗶 had created this brilliant 𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘬 stole, on cambric material, in her early twenties. The cambric fabric, having a glossy finish, has added a shimmer to her creation. The combination of bright colours along with white, in a fabulous, imaginative pattern, has made the stole look gorgeous.
Magic lines
Our member, Ms I. Majumdar, loves to utilise her leisure time to express her feelings through pencil sketches of different kinds. But the most expressive ones are the portraits that she has sketched, like the beautiful sketch of the woman with a pitcher, the dancing figures and the mother child bond, speak volumes. The fine line shading used by her has added depth to the sketches and have made them more attractive.
Painting on oil paper
Ms K. Chakrabarti painted this beautiful picture on oil paper using oil paint, about 10 to 15 years back. The 3D effect of the painting with the mountains in the backdrop, provides a special effect. This idea came to her after she had visited Darjeeling and witnessed the beautiful houses of the Llama. She expressed her memories of the hill station through this painting.
Chic Crochet
Our member Ms T Bhattacharya has beautifully created the handmade crochet table covers. The simple, elegant and stylish crochet patterns transform anything that they are spread on. The white table spread has a rich and close-knit design while the one knitted with pink has a delicate look. Both look splendid with their intricate designs.
Vibrant Coverlet
Our member Ms B. Dasgupta was very innovative in creating this beautiful bedspread from pieces of old unused cloths. She cut the cloths into even sized squares and placed them in a pattern. She then sewed the pieces together and made small delicate designs with Gujarati stitches in the middle of each square to give it an ethnic look.
Designer doormat
This fabulously designed doormat is made by our member Ms I. Sengupta. The use of remnant wool for this doormat is praiseworthy. This awesome doormat is a remarkable combination of creativity and vibrant colours.
Batik on canvas
This quaint piece of oil painting of Tribal ladies is uniquely portrayed on canvas by our member Ms S. Ray. The unique Batik like effect in the background and the same texture used for the attire with contrasting colours gives it a rare look.
Dull to Dazzling
Our member, Ms Mandira De, transformed a plain table surface to a colourful and vibrant one with her creativity. The lovely geometric patterns in oil paint and the choice of colours gave the table a rather bold and attractive look
Emotions captured
This pretty thermocol artefact, made by our member, Ms S. Moidu, has been aptly named “Devotion” by her. It beautifully captures the feelings in the loving embrace, that draws attention to their love and bonding.
Transformed by talent
Our very talented member, Ms Gopa Basu Mondal, enriched a simple shawl with her creativity. She transformed it to an elegant and beautiful piece of garment with applique and needle work.
Nature craft
This marvellous technique of artwork by our member Ms R. Pakrasi, lets us have a peek into her hobby of collecting tree leaves and petals which she dries and preserves to use in her artwork. The petals and leaves used in these pictures were collected in the course of her morning walk, during one of her visits abroad to her son’s place. The white canvas has been aesthetically transformed by her fantastic nature craft of affixing the dry leaves and petals on it.
Threads of tradition
The immaculate Kantha stitch in this lovely wall hanging by our member Ms Ratna Chaudhuri, has brought alive the beautiful pattern of flowers, birds and fish.
Gorgeous landscape paintings
Though Ms Rina Lahiri never received any training in painting, her landscape paintings done with acrylic paints on craft papers look gorgeous.
Beautiful eco-friendly coasters
Here are some lovely coasters made by our member, Ms Mandira De. These beautiful coasters, made of old newspapers are not only attractive and useful, but also eco-friendly.
Durga Rao's achievement
Ms Durga Rao graduated with Physics Honours from Andhra University at Vizag and went to Canada after marriage. She did her Masters in Radiation at McGill University in Montreal and enrolled for the Ph.D programme. She taught at Dawson college for 25 years. With her husband she started the Sulakshana Circuits Ltd.
Eye on the sky
Our member, Ms P. Dutta, has taken brilliant images of the sky capturing celestial bodies in beautiful combinations, clouds in fascinating colours and the night sky illuminated by lights.
SESSIONS, FUN AND ENGAGEMENT

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

To join us on the Support Elders YouTube page, please click on the ‘Send Message’ button on Facebook. We will send you the link. The link will be active at the scheduled time. Those who have responded on our community WhatsApp groups, need not message us on Facebook. We will WhatsApp the link to you.

30Sep
Geriatric Care - a panel discussion

On the occasion of ‘International Day of Older Persons’, a panel discussion will be held to discuss essential topics such as Bone Health, Nutrition for Seniors, hearing and balance issues, as we age. A distinguished panel of experienced doctors Dr Anupam Biswas, ENT Surgeon, Kolkata, Dr Chandan Saha, medicine and hematology, Dr Kaninika Basu, clinical academician, both from Cambridge, UK will share their expertise in geriatric care.
Join us for this unique opportunity to connect, learn, and empower yourselves on the journey of aging gracefully.


20Sep
Hilsa Festival at Taki

An escape from the hustle bustle of the city to enjoy the scenic beauty at Taki. A tranquil haven nestled by the banks of the Ichamati River. Special attraction – delicious Bengali cuisine at Taki Sonar Bangla, especially Hilsa. A fantastic opportunity to unwind, connect with nature, friends and family.



PAST
EVENTS

15 Sep
Instrumental Melodies

A melodious evening was experienced by our members where some of our incredibly
talented members showcased their musical prowess from the soulful melodies of the esraj to
the enchanting tunes of the piano, synthesizer, sitar and the harmonious notes of the
mouth organ. It was really a musical extravaganza!
All the other members who witnessed these performances applauded them and appreciated
their talent.

08 Sep
Our Guiding Stars

An evening for our members to express their gratitude towards their teachers. Some of our members shared their experiences of being a teacher. They spoke about the times when getting basic infrastructure was a struggle. The dedication and determination with which they worked to stabilise the institution, and nurture students for their betterment was praiseworthy.
During the post session discussion all members praised and applauded the participants. They even added their own experiences of their journey in educating others. Some of them also remembered their teachers with gratefulness for making them what they are today.

01 Sep
Golden Years of Happiness

Mr. Mohit Ranadip, a Psychiatric Counselor, spoke about the wellness of the mind and the
close relation of it to the Bio-Psycho-Social model. He spoke about fundamentals of
individual wellbeing which depends on various factors related to genetics, physical health
and neurobiology. He spoke about social connect being necessary as loneliness can impact
health.
During the post session discussion all members thanked him for explaining about mental
wellness and ways to keep themselves well. They asked their queries which were answered
patiently by Mr. Ranadip.

ENGAGING

SE Clubs

NURTURING AND SHARING THE JOY POETRY BRINGS

"The crown of literature is poetry" - W. Somerset Maugham

Our poetry-loving members meet every week to enjoy the beauty of the verse. While some enjoy reciting poems by well-known poets, there are others who pen poems and are thrilled to dig out their long-lost poems—poems that they had thought had lost their value over the years. But we know that good poetry is perennial.

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Come and join us to express your love for poetry every Thursday. Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

TOGETHERNESS AND CAMARADERIE

Storytelling and connecting are the essence of ‘Adda’ or ‘Gupshupp’ as we call it. For our Gupshupp Club members, it is a time of unadulterated fun when they delve into their memories of yore or are in splits over someone else’s story or talk on pre-decided topics or even sing songs. The feeling of togetherness and camaraderie is what makes them look forward to each meet.

Members have discussions on pre-decided topics, chosen by all participants, the previous week.

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Come join us every Tuesday on Google Meet. Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Be Lit!

Organised every Monday 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., the SE-Lit Club members have a most enjoyable time discussing different genres of literature in different languages, the culture and ethos of different cities, mythology and much more.

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Come and join our SE Lit Club every Monday
Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Let Your Hearts Sing!

Our Antakshari club members enjoy singing mixed with fun! They have to sing songs based on given prompts and retro movie clips or instrumental music is played and members need to identify the songs, the lyricist, music directors, the singers and so on.

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Join these exciting sessions to brighten up your Monday mornings from 4:45 p.m. to 5.45 p.m and enjoy your Tuesday evenings from 4:45 p.m. to 5.45 p.m

When Music is the Food of Life

Organised every Wednesday 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. members love singing songs of their choice—different languages, from films and otherwise, Rabindra sangeet, Nazrul geeti, Bhojpuri, folksongs and so on.

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Organised every Wednesday from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
ENRICHING

ONLINE CLASSES

  • October 2023
ENRICHING

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

  • October 2023