The North East Officers and Professionals Welfare Association (NEOPWA), Kolkata, recently organized its annual charity dinner in the city to raise funds for the welfare of people from the region, especially those who live and work in Kolkata.
“Our objective is to promote the northeast and to preserve our culture and socio-economic position by showcasing the rich, diverse culture of the northeastern states. We are trying to raise funds for the needy people belonging to the northeastern community,” said association president K Timothy Zimik, who hails from Manipur.
A musical extravaganza and a fashion show exhibiting the traditional attires of the region reflected the diverse culture of the region. Singers Mengu Suokhrie and Sojano Y Tsopoe from Nagaland enthralled the audience with Kolkata’s own Francis Lepcha.
This was NEOPWA’s 19th year’s celebration and people from different professions, including the Army, who work in Kolkata attended the event.
“It is a wonderful platform that brings together professionals from the region. We are planning to showcase the northeast to the people of Kolkata through our traditional food and cultural festivals,” said Roshan Khumukcham, a corporate sector employee who is from Manipur.
NEOPWA has been working on a number of social welfare and philanthropic fund-raising projects over the years, but their activities are not restricted to people from the region. In 2016, they donated Rs 10 lakh to Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata.
Source: Times of India