Meeting with Mukhosh and others

Dear friends,

Please find below, the minutes of the meeting we had with Mukosh and ILP.

Date: 22-Dec-2007
Attendees:  Uday, Shiva, Ravi, Vinod, Raghavendra, Rama, Prashanth from IS
Ayan Banerjee, Anandhitha, Aniruddha, Sudipto Das et al from Mukhosh
Mohan, Narayana, Jatinva et al from Think,act,lead India and
Sudhira from ILP

Venue: Raja Ramanna Centre, IISc, Bangalore

Agenda:

   1. Introduction of the activities of the individual groups to each other
   2. Explore avenues of collaboration and consolidation between the various participating groups

Discussed/Decided/Resolved:

1. [Discussed] Introduction of Mukhosh(www.mukhosh.org) – a Bengali theatre group in Bangalore – by Ayan. Formed in 2003 by a group of theatre enthusiasts from IISc in 2003, Mukhosh has grown beyond IISc to be recognised by the people of Bangalore as an authentic Bengali drama troupe. Mukhosh has received media coverage in the form of reviews for their plays and also introduction of their group from DH, TOI, Economic times, etc
2. [Discussed] Uday provided an overview of IS vision, working model and the current activities. Other members chipped in with vital data points as regards to the rationale behind deploying teachers, setting up tuition/computer centers, the IS vision and collaboration with partners and interactions with Govt machinery.  

3. [Decided] IS and Mukhosh to enter into a partnership that is mutually beneficial. As a start,  Mukhosh is organizing a benefit show on Jan 12, 13, the proceeds of which will be donated to IS. IS members will do their bit to provide the necessary publicity to Mukhosh. 
4. [Discussed] Sudhira provided an overview of the ILP projects currently running in Karnataka. The prominent ones are – Puraskara, a scholarship program for high school students, community  libraries and literary awareness programs. While ILP works with their partners through volunteers to realize their vision, the description projected a focus more on high school education and legislatory reform movements than elementary education. The collaboration points here for IS are quite unclear currently and a different line of approach to ILP is worth considering.

5. [Discussed] Mohan elaborated on his fledling group’s vision to raise a common platform of leaders covering various roles in the society. They plan to officialy christen their group 
“Think,Act and Lead India” sometime in January.

With Regards,
Prashant, KA-IS team

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