Tamana and FDCI harness the power of inclusion


New Delhi, September 15:  Tamana along with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) organised its annual fashion show on September 15, titled “Unity in Diversity”, co-hosted by the Hyatt Regency Delhi.

The event commenced with a live heart warming performance by Diwakar of Sa Re Ga Ma Little Champs and H.E. Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The show began with an inclusion walk where Ms. Patricia Hiramatsu, wife of H.E. Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu,H.E. Ms. Harinder Singh Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia and H.E. Ms. Joanna Kempkers, High Commissioner of New Zealand to India walked the ramp.

The children of Tamana exuded confidence while walking along with the models wearing ensembles created by FDCI designers – 11.11 CellDsgn, Alpana Neeraj, Amit Aggarwal, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Payal Pratap Singh, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Rimzim Dadu, along with other designers – Asha Gautam by Gautam Gupta and Asha Rani Gupta, Ridhi Arora and Namita Bansal.

What made this years’ event extra special is that for the first time the ensembles designed and manufactured by the differently-abled at the sublimation unit at Tamana’s Skill Development Centre debuted on the catwalk.The evening concludedwith Tamana Chona, dressed in Amit Aggarwal, expressing her gratitude to the distinguished audience at the show along with actress Soundarya Sharma in Alpana Neeraj ensemble.

Dr. Shayama Chona, Founder and President, Tamana said,“The fascinating fashion show promoting ‘We are One’ irrespective of intellectual and physical differences is wonderfully put by Tamana, FDCI and Hyatt. According to me, these kids are born with a mission to remind us that we may have everything, but they are much greater in their purity of heart.”

Entitled as the Crusader of Inclusion by Tamana, Sunil Sethi, President FDCI said, “I am delighted to be a part of an event that celebrates inclusion in the most graceful manner, driving home the point that all humans are equal. Dr.Shayama Chona has done wonders with Tamana, an organisation that works selflessly for the specially-abled.”


Tamana was established in 1984 by Dr. ShayamaChona, ‘PadamBhushan’ and ‘PadamShri’ awardee. As the name suggests, Tamana navigates the dreams and longings of the children with special needs and those of their parents to see them as rehabilitated members of our society. Its contribution in the field of disability was also recognized by the United Nations, that granted it Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council.

Tamana provides comprehensive rehabilitative services to individuals with intellectual impairments, multiple disability and autism.  The services provided include special education, therapeutic interventions, skill development and gainful employment, life skills training etc to enable them to become confident and integrated members of society.


The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), a not-for-profit organisation, is the apex body of fashion design in India and is represented by over 400 members. It was formulated topromote, nurture and represent the most incredible talents in the country in turn promoting the business of fashion, in India and globally. It organises one of the biggest trade event in Asia, the annual ready-to-wear, India Fashion Week (Autumn-Winter and Spring-Summer), and the yearly luxurious offering, the India Couture Week which has become a much awaited extravaganza by India’s top couturiers.

However, besides being in the sphere of fashion, it has always been true to the soundtrack of the soul with its myriad CSR initiatives, which includes working with the NGO Tamana bringing to light the need to be socially aware. We hope these small steps make a big difference in the lives of billions and gives a voice to the silent.

For more information, please visit www.fdci.org


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