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How Graffitis in Navi Mumbai would help change the lives of tribal children in Chattisgarh

The society is what builds us and contributes to our holistic development. But, the thought of even remotely giving something back to the society seldom crosses our mind. And it is not an isolated incident, but a reaction that most of us harbour when the question of giving back to society arises. Even Deepika Goyal had never given a thought on this. But when, during a stint of volunteering for an NGO in Navi Mumbai in 2015, a young student sent her a ‘Thanks card’ to appreciate the impact she had made in her life, Deepika understood her calling.

Deepika began to share about her encounters and urge youngsters to volunteer for a greater reason. Before long, a youthful group keen on ‘Giving Back’ was built up. The group organized their first movement Abhar Utsav in November 2015. Anshumaan Bansal acquired key data sources and more profound comprehension to the group and they both officially established Karmyo in February 2016. “There is a certain amount of satisfaction and happiness in giving back without any expectations in return,” is the main inspiration for Deepika Goyal and Anshumaan Bansal. They work with young professionals and students, trying to provide opportunities and motivation to give back to the society.

Keeping in tune with this motive of cohesively involving every participant of society to give back, Karmyo organized the Good Graffiti Fest in February 2016 to connect with people in their acts of ‘Goodness’. The main idea behind the Good Graffiti Fest was to involve more and more people into social activities using art as a medium and to donate the eventual proceeds from the event to a social organization. In GGF 2016, Karmyo collaborated with Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya and various Anti-trafficking organizations. Some professional artists from Navi Mumbai came to create live paintings on varying social issues and the response from the local people inspired them to conduct the Good Graffiti Fest again this year.

The GGF 2017 will be a two-day event at the URBAN HAAT, Navi Mumbai during 18th-19th February, with the theme of ‘Impact starts with I’. The event aspires to inspire members of the youth to contribute for social causes, to create a platform for numerous artists and finally, to donate the proceeds and profits from the event to Shiksharth – an NGO working to educate tribal children in Chattisgarh. The event, a free entry for all, will also feature a great line of speakers including Ashish Shrivastav, founder of Shiksharth, Bharati Dasgupta from Daan Utsav and Soumya Kavi, Co-founder of Dramebaaz. The fest will also have ‘Community Graffiti’, for local people to scribble and express their thoughts. You can get involved and support GGF 2017 by making a contribution here.


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