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If you think the new generation does not have a heart, think again.

The members of Kshana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has taken upon itself the task of spreading happiness, comprises about 50 college students.

“Kshana came into being in June 2001 and is the brainchild of three students — Ritesh Thakkar, Maulik Bhagat and Tanvir Shah,” explains Amrita Haldipur, Pali Hill resident and member of the NGO.

“The idea behind Kshana was to bring a few moments of happiness to the underprivileged in our society,” says this final year commerce student.

As part of their activities, members regularly organise plays, concerts and dramas in orphanages, old age homes and similar such places.

“We approach organisations and ask them if they would like us to do anything like organise a concert or do a play,” explains Payal Sinha, another Bandra-based member of the NGO.

According to her, the most frequent requests are for orchestras that play the latest chartbusters.

Other than this, Kshana also holds mock KBC games, general knowledge tests and dance programmes. “Most people enjoy the interactive sessions,” says Sinha.

Some of the places where Kshana has organised programmes include St Anthony’s Home and The Spastics Society.

The NGO has also organised events for street children. Initially, most members of the organisation were students from NM College, which happens to be the college the founding directors are from.

“But now Kshana has students from all over Mumbai. We have members from VJTI, Chetna, Jai Hind, Mithibhai and Bhavan’s college,” says Haldipur.

The group says their activities are goal-driven. “We have a three-fold objective — to create a platform for kids to show their creativity, to develop organisational skills and to inherit social values,” explains Hadipur.

Being part of an organisation that aims to spread happiness, members say there have been occasions when they have been at the receiving end. “I remember the time when the street children at a boy’s home in Wadala saved each of us a plate of food from their daily ration and insisted that we eat it. It was so touching,” says Sinha.

The organisation survives on donations but there are times when members use their own funds. “Each member has to submit an annual fee of Rs 200, which is at times used for these events,” explains Sinha. They also pool in their talents for performances.

Since all the members are students, the activities organised by Kshana are dependent on exams. “We slow down our activities during exams but otherwise manage them between our daily schedules,” says Haldipur.

Call Amrita Haldipur at 26486602 or Payal Sinha at 26303930.