Stylish calendars

These calendars defend social and humanitarian causes | Chennai News

CHENNAI: During the first wave of Covid-19, while sitting confined indoors, Tyag Krishnamurthy decided to try his hand at art and found he had a flair as well as a passion for this one.
So, as the Blue Cross India (BCI) was pondering the release of its annual New Year calendar, the animal lover who is also one of BCI’s Honorary Co-Secretaries decided to bring together her two loves and create a calendar that would feature pencil sketches of critically endangered species around the world.
“I chose 12 mammals like Bornean orangutan, Sumatran tiger, red wolf, European mink, African forest elephant, etc., which are on the Red List of the IUCN Critically Endangered Species List,” says Krishnamurthy, who started sketching in October.
At the end of the year, different organizations release calendars that highlight the causes and issues they champion. They also serve as fundraising initiatives that will help NGOs support their efforts.
BCI’s calendar, which launched last week, is available for 299, and can be booked from their website or FB page for pick-up or drop-off. “All donations go towards the care of over 2,000 shelter animals,” says Krishnamurthy.
The theme of the Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary (BMAD) calendar this year is “Influencers and Survivors”. “Each year, we publish a fundraising calendar that raises awareness of the work we do and highlights the reality on the ground, whether it’s the plight of animals in the community, the abandonment of pets or large animal welfare that is often overlooked,” says Dr Josika Navukkarasu. , veterinarian, BMAD.
Each month in the 2022 calendar will feature an influencer posing with one of the animals who have gone through hardships and overcome them, says Dr. Josika. “For example, we have actor Gayathri Shankar posing with one of our ponies, Arya, who was temporarily paraplegic after being involved in a traffic accident when we took her in.”
The calendar, priced at 500, is available at BMAD and can also be ordered online from the end of December.
Rare musical instruments are the theme of Euphony 2022, the calendar presented by Sahodaran, an LGBT support group in Chennai. “It features instruments such as mizhaave, a rare copper drum, which is only played in Kerala koothambalams to the accompaniment of chakkiyarkoothu, or nangiarkoothu; edakka, a small slung drum; elathallam, or cymbals, thutheri, a ancient trumpet; Nagphani, a serpentine horn,” says Sunil Menon, founder of Sahodaran, who sourced instruments from Sivakumar, an instrument collector in Chennai. The calendar costs 1500.