Autistic children wow audience with talent

Autistic children wow audience with talent

Lakshmi Rekha

Laasya Academy of Dance organised ‘Laasya Sambhrama 2018’ featuring performances of autistic children on November 16.

Lakshmi Rekha, bharathanatyam dancer and founder of ‘Laasya Academy’, says, “I have always been keen on including children in my art. The main purpose is to make people understand that these children are not very different from us; we always either pity or discriminate them, so I feel it’s high time that we treat them as equals.” Lakshmi also performed at the event.

The ‘Svarakshema Foundation’ had some of their children perform carnatic music. The foundation helps special-needs children, older people with Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, and cancer patients through Indian music therapy.

Sanak Kumar Atreya, a member of the foundation, reveals that 275 children registered in their NGO. “Our aim is not just to teach music to children; we look for improvement in terms of cognition, behaviour, social and life skills,” he asserts. He further adds that their cognitive development is their greatest reward and cites an example of a 19-year-old who learnt to eat by himself after a year of music therapy.

The event which was held in Seva Sadan, Malleswaram, also felicitated special needs kids for their participation.