The festival of lights is around the corner and markets are filled with all sorts of decorative items, sweets and gifting material for thousands of shoppers swarming around. But for those, who do not want to wander from one place to another for their Diwali special shopping, there is a one stop destination- ‘Diwali Bazaar’ organised by The Blind Relief Association, Delhi. Popularly known as ‘Blind School Diwali Bazaar’, the event will be on till October 27 from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM and has been organised regularly for 30 years.
The Bazaar is a must visit destination for any person who desires to experience a variety of hand-made beautiful candles, diyas, candies and paper products made by the visually challenged trainees and workers of the Association. Apart from these, the ‘Diwali Bazaar’ installs over 200 stalls of designers and local vendors, selling a wide range of traditional crafts, designer wear and home décor. For foodies, there is also a pop-up food court offering diverse vegetarian cuisine ranging from regional Indian to Continental. If a person feels tired with all the shopping then they can also experience expert relaxation massage given by visually challenged masseurs trained at the Association. The Bazaar will also have the participation of a large number of NGOs, who have been provided free space to sell their products and inform the public about their services. When asked about the speciality of the ‘Diwali Bazaar’ this year, KC Pande said, “This year, we have a unique textural and aural sensory experiential presentation, The Inside Out, for the Blind people and visitors of the Bazaar. The sensory space has been conceived by Foster and Forge Foundation and created with the contribution of master artisans and trainees of the Blind Relief Association. The aim of this presentation will be to bring together the experience of touch and sound for the visitors, as these two are the main senses for the blind.”
The Blind School Diwali Bazaar is an event for a noble cause. It aims to bring the Association and all participants close to the society and make people aware of the capabilities and achievements of the visually challenged.
It is an initiative to aware people that being visually impaired does not mean that a person won’t be able to do some work. The earning from the Diwali Bazaar is donated for financing the Association’s diverse services for the visually challenged - their education, hostels, vocational training programs and sports promotion.