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Manavi's Annual Dinner.

The Annual Dinner brings together survivors, staff, volunteers and supporters for an evening of enjoyment and reflection. The aim of the Dinner is to bring the community together to reaffirm its commitment to ending violence against South Asian Women. The Dinner has not only helped cement Manavi's name in the community, but has also provided funds to allow it to continue its efforts. Like previous years' Dinners, this year's Dinner was a huge success with a large turn out.

The event was held on March 31st 2006 at the popular restaurant 'Akbar,' in Edison. The evening kicked off with the Director of Manavi, Maneesha Kelkar, welcoming the guests and giving a brief synopsis of the organization's activities. She then introduced the speaker of the evening, internationally renowned writer Bapsi Sidhwa. Her critically acclaimed novel, Cracking India Cracking India, (1991, U.S., 1992, India; originally published as Ice Candy Man, 1988, England) is a novel by author Bapsi Sidhwa. Plot summary
Told through the eyes of young Lenny Sethna (a young Parsi girl afflicted with polio who lives in Lahore),
, which explores the Partition of India The Partition of India is the process that led to the creation, on 14 August 1947 and 15 August 1947, respectively, of the sovereign states of Dominion of Pakistan (later Islamic Republic of Pakistan) and Union of India (later Republic of India) upon the granting of independence  from a child's perspective, was made into the movie Earth by noted Canadian director Deepa Mehta. Ms. Sidhwa discussed the process of adapting the book into a movie and regaled the audience with a slide show of events from the filming. Copies of Ms. Sidhwa's novels were being sold at the dinner and she agreed to a book signing.

After Ms. Sidhwa was done, two current residents of Ashiana, Manavi's transitional home, stepped up to the podium and shared their personal experiences with violence. They talked about their struggle to overcome the guilt, shame and emotional upheaval of domestic violence, and thanked the Manavi staff for helping them discover their inner strengths in Ashiana's safe, secure and supportive environment. The audience was deeply moved by their stories and profusely pro·fuse  
1. Plentiful; copious.

2. Giving or given freely and abundantly; extravagant: were profuse in their compliments.
 applauded their narrations.


Manavi had more entertainment in store for the Dinner patrons and next up were New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 based group 'The Nayikas Dance Theater The German Tanztheater ("dance theatre") grew out of German expressionist dance. Its most influential performers are Pina Bausch and Susanne Linke.  Company' which performed the classical Indian Odissi dance. Their repertoire of feminist based works supported the theme of women's empowerment. The dancers' graceful and vivid portrayal of women as 'Devi', the Indian Goddess and destroyer of evil, brilliantly expressed their feminist philosophy feminist philosophy

Loosely related set of approaches in various fields of philosophy that emphasizes the role of gender in the formation of traditional philosophical problems and concepts and the ways in which traditional philosophy reflects and perpetuates bias against
. The performance was followed by dinner after which our DJ for the night, DJ Ankit, took over the proceedings. His catchy tunes drew the audience onto the dance floor and everyone let loose and danced up a storm.


Nearly three hundred people attended the event and supported us in our efforts. We had a large number of sponsors and raised a net amount of $25,000. Manavi volunteers spent hours helping to arrange the event and turned up in large numbers to assure the smooth flow of the evening. Special thanks must be given to the Silent Auction Committee which did a superb job of organizing the auction. Most of the auction items were bid on during the course of the night and the total collected was a significant contribution to Manavi's annual budget for the forthcoming year. We must also acknowledge members of the Manavi Board and Benefit Committee for their support and hard work in organizing the event. A final thank you to everyone who attended and supported us in our struggle--you help us keep the faith.
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Author:Ijaz, Aisha; Singal, Renu
Publication:Manavi Newsletter
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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