Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 14:

Slum girls and eminent personalities from various walks of life this evening dazzled on stage as they walked on the ramp for a fundraising campaign for the flagship project, ‘Alaknanda Scholarship Programme’ for drop-out girl students.


The Kiah Fashion Show as organized by a philanthropic organisation, Parichay Foundation, on the occasion of Children’s Day. The organization is engaged in promoting Indian art and culture and bringing about economic and social upliftment for underprivileged in urban and rural slums of Odisha and Delhi.

The project focuses on girls who have dropped out of school, mostly after Standard 8th for financial constraints but have an inclination to pursue their education and pass their matriculation.

In the first phase, the foundation has identified 56 girl students (following an entrance exam) from the outskirts of Bhubaneswar and also some from within the Salia Sahi slum, who would be enrolled under National Institute Of Open Schooling (NIOS) by the foundation.

The fashion show witnessed eminent women personalities of the state including social worker Namrata Chadha, renowned singer and writer Adyasha Das, hurdle queen of India and Olympian Anuradha Biswal, eminent singer Susmita Das, homemaker and spiritual master Neelam Kandoiwalking the ramp with the girls along with Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhry.

Eminent socialite Shalini Mohanty, Director, Mayfair Pooja Ray, eminent odia television actress Usasi Mishra among others were part of the cause and were present as judges during the event.