Sixty pupils from a Mumbai school for children with learning disabilities will be performing a musical at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the UK in August. It is thought to be the first time Indian school children have ever performed at the famous international arts festival.
The children, aged eight to 14, pupils at the JBCN Pan Academy in Lower Parel, will perform Mumbai Calling, dedicated to the spirit of the city, at the event — the biggest arts festival in the world.“There will be theatre professionals and talent spotters in the audience,” says director of the school, Satema Agarkar.
“This is huge. Some of the parents cannot believe it’s happening. We are right now making the visa and travel arrangements. If one of them is picked by an international professional, it will be amazing.” Explaining the story of the musical, she says: “Many of the children still think about 26/11 and the floods and so they wanted to know what takes Mumbai forward.”
Mumbai Calling is about the positives of the Maximum City, such as its food, languages and culture.The children, who will be spending a week in Scotland, will also take the opportunity to watch some of the plays on offer.Some of the biggest names in showbiz, street artists, stand-up comics and dancers perform at the Fringe, which runs alongside the Edinburgh International Festival.