Celebrating with Chai outside the West Bengal Registration Office.
(Bishan, Harleen, Sahar, Rohini, and Maitrayee)
This week, ‘Kalam: Margins Write’ was registered as a Trust in India. Yes, we are now officially an independent literary arts organization recognized by the Indian Government. We’re new, we’re small and we’re brave.
On Thursday, September 20th, 2007, Kalam’s three trustees — Bishan Samaddar, Rohini Banerjee, and Harleen Walia — went to the West Bengal Registration Office in Dalhousie to register Kalam as a Trust. I, Sahar, (the American citizen who cannot officially be a Trustee) was a Witness. And Maitrayee Trivedi, a warm human being and sharp lawyer, was our advocate.
In the matter of an hour — after multiple finger prints, numerous signatures, and foot movement from one bustling office to the other — we were officially granted status as a Trust in India.
This is big news for us. We’ve evolved slowly and steadily since our beginnings in early 2004. Starting as an experimental project, evolving into a creative writing program within the Daywalka Foundation, we’ve now grown into an independent organization committed to bringing the literary arts to youth living on the India’s urban margins.
We would never make it here without the gracious support of the Daywalka Foundation. They were an excellent parent organization where Kalam fostered its ideas, pedagogy and practice for three years. And along with the Daywalka Foundation, Kalam’s friends and allies in Calcutta, Delhi, Seattle and Tempe nourished us with great support.
A deep thank you to all of you. We hope to keep growing with your on-going support.
posted by Sahar Romani