New Delhi, December 5, 2022 – Keeping up with its mission to revive the lost art of letter writing in India one Daak at a time, Daakroom, the letter writing carnival painted the capital Red yet again by concluding a successful event on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at Gandhi Darshan at Raj Ghat, New Delhi.
With huge support from India Post and the Ministry of Culture and Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, the gala event was inaugurated by Shri Vijay Goel, Former Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistic and Implementation in the NDA government as well as vice-chairman of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. The event saw an immense footfall with over 8,000 people that didn’t just explore the art of writing in the digital era but ensured multiple letters and postcards were posted by the end of day. People from different walks of life including students, teachers, writing enthusiasts, artists, families and many more turned up to grace the event and enjoy an array of activities planned for the day.
“From the very beginning our aim was to bring the digital generation together and revive the dying art of letter writing in India. Today, we were delighted to see a huge footfall and celebrate Daakroom’s success through activities centred around philately, calligraphy, origami, postcard writing, letter writing, handwriting competitions etc. It was last celebrated in 2019 before Covid dampened everyone’s enthusiasm across the country. However, looking at the huge and excited crowd today, we are positive that letter writing will only increase in the times to come and are thankful that our partners not just trusted us but also came forward and supported us in a big way,” said Shivani Mehta & Harnehmat Kaur, Co-founders & Organizers, Daakroom.
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The fair hosted competitions and workshops around writing and post. It also had music, theatre, dance, shopping, food and interactive demos from the Postal Department. Not just this, there were avenues for people to unleash their creative side and try their hands at Philately, Calligraphy, Brush Lettering, Stationery design with traditional art forms, Handwriting improvement, Origami and more.
“We are very happy to know that an initiative like Daakroom is trying to revive handwritten communication – such a rich part of our history and culture. Under the aegis of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are doing activities in the field health and wellness for people. Digital detoxification is the need of the hour and such initiatives will inspire people to pick pen and paper for writing letters as powerful tool of communication and learning,” shared Mrs. Uma Nanduri, Joint secretary, Ministry of Culture.
The day filled with excitement also boasted many interesting stalls such as postcard writing, writing to the army, post crossing, exciting stationery, engaging demos from the postal department, like a mini post office, a philately exhibit, and a real postman visiting the carnival to clear the post box and carry the letters to its recipients.
“India Post was happy to join at Daakroom and bring postal services to youngsters amidst a happy, enjoyable carnival environment. We had set up counters for Speed Post, Registry, MyStamp, Philatelic articles and more, in the form of a mini post office itself, so that people could experience postal services in a young environment. Letters have come to be known as something of the past, which is not true. They are as impactful as ever, even today. India Post also exhibited a whole new world of stamps to invite the youngsters to the National Philatelic Exhibition, AMRITPEX-2023 to in Feb 2023,” echoed Ms. Manju Kumar, Chief Post Master General, Delhi Circle.
Daakroom with its aggressive plans to take the carnival to 10 major cities in India by 2030 like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Calcutta etc., saw participation from over 8,000 people in New Delhi including partners and brands that echoed the same sentiments for this great cause. The evening ended on a light note with a stand-up comedy performance by the charming Sejal Bhat.
Additionally, Daakroom garnered a massive support from Title sponsor – Capri Loans, Fitness Partner – Avanti bikes, Eco Stationery Partner – bioQ, Venue Partner – Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, Outreach partner Rootskills and promised to return soon to another city to instil the love for letter writing among the digital generation further and help them take the legacy ahead.
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