Healing through dance
Indeed, the sky is the limit if provided good opportunities. The spinal cord injury survivors recently proved it by putting forth an exhilarating display of their talent and indomitable spirit, as they marched with gusto on wheelchairs and crutches. Promoting the theme of 'YES WE CAN', the cultural event was hosted by Indian Spinal Cord Injury Centre (ISIC), on the occasion of World Spinal Cord Injury Day, at the Talkotara Stadium.
The series of such astounding power-packed performances, that showcased the unwavering audacity and spirit of survival, was witnessed by Olympian Sakshi Malik, who graced the event as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Sakshi said, "the various acts and musicals performed by the survivors provide a powerful glimpse into how they have fought against all odds to retain and nurture their undying love for life. They have proven that with right spirit any challenge can be overcome."
The inclusive cultural evening was presented by AAMAD Dance Center. Founder of this premier art organization, Rani Khanam, who also choreographed the entire show, considers dance as not only a source of entertainment but a tool to heal people. adding to it she said, "Being a trained Kathak dancer, dance for me is Saadhna. I perceive that art holds much more relevance."
The performances included "Hosla", a dance composition with the central theme of 'Equalization of opportunities'. The dance highlighted how and why the differently abled people should not be treated in isolation. It was followed by 'Om Shanti', in which the participants performed miraculous yogic postures despite their disabilities. With "Tarana - Dim Ta Deredani –Takshak" the wheelchair users and artisans exhibited beautiful body postures, graceful movements and fantabulous expressions. With 'Krishna Leela' depicting the journey of Krishna to 'Maula mere Maula' showcasing the electrifying moments of spiritual reunion with the divine, differently abled artists left the audience spell-bound with every performance.
Expressing his excitement after the performance, Chetan Upadhaya, one of the spinal cord injury patient went on to convey a very strong message that no matter how disappointed people make you feel, always listen to your heart to prove them wrong.
The event aimed at increasing awareness about spinal injuries and their treatments as well as advocating the need for greater inclusivity for persons with disability. Overwhelmed by the response from the people, Major H.P.S. Ahluwali, Chairman, ISIC, mentioned that "we are happy with the kind of response this event has garnered. We will try and continue to make people aware about the prevention of spinal cord injuries and curative options available to help a survivor lead a near-normal life."
Dr Harvinder Singh Chhabra, and Chief of Spine Services, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, who was also present at the venue, said, "The experiences we have gained over the years have helped us understand various aspects related to spinal injuries. Apart from medical issues, mental, social, sexual, and vocational concerns need dedicated care.Through such events and campaigns, we hope to promote inclusive living for the survivors and alert people against reckless actions to save them from causing an injury to their spine."