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art-and-culture Updated: Feb 09, 2013 20:16 IST
Soumya Vajpayee
Soumya Vajpayee
Hindustan Times
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If you love watching dance performances, here’s your chance to witness an act with a difference. Organised by an NGO, Utthan Prayash Foundation, the charity event titled Enable India will feature differently-abled persons showcasing their dance skills on stage. The performance line-up will feature ‘dance on hands’ by Kamlesh Patel, ‘magic on wheels’ by Helpers of the Handicapped, ‘rope mallakhamb’ (exercises while hanging from a rope) by blind students of Smt Kamla Mehta School for the Blind and a dance performance by students of Able Disable All People Together (ADAPT).

Talking about his passion for dance, Patel says, “I was always passionate about dancing but just did not know how to go about it, considering I had no legs. Whenever I saw people dancing on TV, I always wished I had legs too. One day I tried dancing by putting my legs on my shoulders and holding the body with my hands on ground. I started dancing with my hands and I realised that we’re differently-abled and not disabled, because we do things differently.” Another performer from ADAPT, Delnavaz Sabuwallah says, “I love dancing to Bollywood music and can express myself very well through dance. I hope people will accept my act on stage.”

Twenty-two-year-old Habiba Sheikh, a student of Smt. Kamla Mehta School for Blind, says, “I was always interested in learning rope mallakhamb. Initially it was very difficult since I’m blind but due to my conviction, I can do it with perfection now. I want to promote this exercise form in the country.”

This year marks the second edition of Enable India. “With this programme, we wish to change the way people perceive differently-abled people in the fields of art and culture,” says Tulsi Das, president, Utthan Prayash Foundation.