Propping up self-esteem of differently-abled

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SUCHARITA DAS
Published Nov 29, 2018, 1:52 am IST
Updated Nov 29, 2018, 1:52 am IST
Fundraiser play Avane Vandan on November 30 at 6 pm.
Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, founder director of RASA - Ramana Sunritya Aalaya.
 Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, founder director of RASA - Ramana Sunritya Aalaya.

Disabilities are not justification enough anymore for a person to remain lagging behind. Members of the Krupa Home, Sriperumbudur keep proving this. As part of their mission of educating rural India, the charitable trust AIM for Seva, is staging Avane Vandaan, a 1.5-hour long multimedia aided theatrical production on at 6 pm November 30, at the Narada Gana Sabha.

Inspite of having several disabilities like mental retardation, autism and cerebral palsy, the ‘actors’ have been training for the past 3 months. The play will feature four short stories, including ‘Hanuman as Rama’s Duta to Sita’, ‘Krishna as a representative of the Pandavas taking their message to the Kauravas’, ‘Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi’s story where Siva - Arunachala reveals His presence to Him’. The production will conclude with the story of AIM for Seva’s founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the greatest teacher of Advaita Vedanta after Adi Shankara.

 

The show will feature 38 differently-abled adults from AIM for Seva Krupa Home who will be in the spotlight to highlight the importance of a divine messenger on the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). The play is conceived, scripted and directed by Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, founder director of RASA - Ramana Sunritya Aalaya.

“Such initiatives are part of larger therapeutic efforts for our residents”, according to Dr Radhika Soundararajan, who administers the Krupa Home. “It vastly improves their happiness quotient. It instils a sense of pride and achievement and thereby self esteem. Overall, a sense of well being is attained,” she adds. Entry is free for the fundraiser event.

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