Sharing its significance, the cultural heritage it represents and the artistry behind each diya (terracotta lamp) at their stall set up in the market of Dharmanagar, Tripura, the members of RAC Dharmanagar, RID 3240, engaged in conversation with potential buyers. Under Project Umeed Ki Diya (lamps of hope) “we hoped to raise funds to support our service projects and promote the Rotary/Rotaract brand,” says Sayantan Debroy, the project chair.
The highlight of the stall was the Rotary and Rotaract banners. “Many visitors already knew about our organisation. Some associated us with polio, we had a huge crowd who stood and heard our club members talk about Rotary and Rotaract. This was a wonderful PR opportunity for us,” he says.
Displayed in an array of sizes and designs, the diyas were quickly sold off. The painting designs were inspired by the local handloom art, namely Risa and Riha, showcasing motifs inspired by mythology and nature.
The success of Umeed Ki Diya provided a solid foundation for the club to carry out its fellowship project called Tales of 2k22. Debroy says the get together celebrated the achievements of the club so far and “transported us back to the magical moments and experiences from 2022 and we all had a great time.”