Dif­fer­ently-abled artistes from 16 na­tions par­tic­i­pate in ICCR fest

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

The As­so­ci­a­tion for Learn­ing Per­form­ing Arts and Nor­ma­tive Ac­tion (ALPANA) has come for­ward with another edi­tion of Samb­hav, an an­nual event by the NGO which pro­vides an in­ter­na­tional plat­form for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the three­day event at the In­dian Coun­cil for Cul­tural Re­la­tions (ICCR) are artists from 16 coun­tries in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan among oth­ers. They will con­nect with each other through a se­ries of ses­sions in­clud­ing sem­i­nars and work­shops, art and craft ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clu­sive yoga work­shop and per­form­ing arts such as dance, mu­sic and mime.

“Samb­hav means pos­si­ble and that’s what we be­lieve. We have been train­ing peo­ple, be­long­ing to an age group as wide as 5-50 years, with men­tal or phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties for the past 13-14 years and they can per­form as well as any­one else,” said Alpana Nayak, founder, ALPANA.

The event will also act as a fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion to ad­vance the rights of women, the rights of chil­dren and of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties. An MoU will be signed be­tween or­gan­i­sa­tions across coun­tries.

The three-day event was in­au­gu­rated on Fri­day by Riva Gan­guli Das, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of ICCR, and Ain­dri Anurag, Joint Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment.

—AMAR­JEET SINGH/DNA

Dif­fer­ently-abled artistes per­form at Samb­hav

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