Dancing for a cause

Crossing barriers

Dancing for a cause

The first of its kind Bharatnatyam on wheelchairs’, an Indian classical dance ballet innovated and choreographed by national and international award-winner, Guru Syed Sallauddin Pasha, will be staged to commemorate the event.

“Differently-abled people do not need your pity. They need opportunities to develop their potential. My troupe of highly-skilled dancers are professionals in every sense of the word. They are not charity cases and have worked exceedingly hard to reach remarkable levels of perfection as you will see in their performances,” explained Syed Pasha addressing the media.

The first half of the show will be a pure Bharatnatyam performance with artistes manoeuvring their special designed wheelchairs with remarkable speed and agility. Watching a short clip of the performance itself was enough to impress viewers with the high levels of skill, grace, emotion and expression of the dancers. Whether they were on crutches, in a wheelchair or hearing impaired, their finesse and talent were undisputably top notch, full of spirit and visually very appealing.

“Our Delhi-based troupe - Ability Unlimited - is the world's first professional dance-theatre that educates and employs people with disabilities. We impart training in innovative choreographic techniques and therapeutic methods- training which can take years of patience and dedication on the part of the teacher and student. We do not perform free and are not looking for pity or sympathy. We are a dedicated self-funding troupe of artistes who have travelled all over the world and performed before international audiences,” he added. “India has not done enough for the disabled. They form an invisible minority in our country simply because there are no facilities for them to join mainstream society. We need people to strongly support our mission and help differently able people to develop their enormous potential.” The first half of the performance includes Bharatnatyam on wheelchairs’ while the second half will include a Sufi dance and a martial arts performance. It will be staged on May 28 at 6.30 pm at the Chowdiah Hall. For donor passes, call:9945510746.

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