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Banjara Day

Celebrations held at Banjara Academy,
R T Nagar, Bengaluru, 18 October 2016

A Report by: Shalini J

Banjara Day 18 october 2016 at Banjara Academy, R T Nagar, Bengaluru

Shalini J writes about the Banjara Day celebrations: The morning of 18th October 2016, I was all excited and curious. It felt like I was getting ready to attend my school day function. Every year, for the past 5 years, this day, is being celebrated as ‘Banjara Day’, in memory of a very humble, charismatic, dynamic person, Raja Reddy, who was one of the strong pillars of Banjara Academy. I was very excited to be part of this occasion, because I had heard so much about him. He has been an inspiration to many of them. A mentor, guide, above all a very down to earth person who has made a difference, in innumerable people's lives, in his own magical way.

When I reached the Academy, I saw people of all age groups gathered there to celebrate this special day. At the start of the function my curiosity, as to why this day is celebrated as ‘Banjara Day’, was addressed, when I came to know that this day is the birthday of Raja Reddy. The theme of this celebration was ‘Joy of Giving’, where the participants were asked to share an incident where they had reached out and given something, in kind, to anyone which in turn had given them joy and satisfaction by giving. Asha, Nalini Reddy, Ali, Sonal and many more shared memorable moments spent and fond memories of Raja. This was the first time I was part of this occasion and it has left a positive mark on me. I learnt that by giving we get joy but reaching out to a person in need doubles our joy. May many more be touched by the humble work he has done and the effect he has left behind. Wishing this charismatic personality a very happy birthday.


 

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