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Special talent on stage today

Special talent on stage today
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Feisal Alkazi aims to pay a musical-theatrical tribute to the special children of our society with physical or mental disabilities through his play Dastaan E Dilli. It’s presented by Aarth-Astha, an NGO working with children and elders with physical and mental challenges. The NGO celebrated 100 years of Delhi as India’s capital and also the beginning of the organization’s 20th anniversary.

‘I am associated with this NGO for a very long time and have observed these special children very closely,’ said Alkazi. He further said the play, enacted by over 50 talented children, will take the viewer through a memorable journey of Delhi from its mythological past to modern times, reflecting different moods and cultures of those periods with which we can identify and relate even today.

‘We involved special kids from various areas like Lal Kuan and Govindpuri slums, among others. The play narrates their personal experiences while dealing with their challenges.

‘I still remember the memorable incident of meeting a mother who carried her polio-stricken son on her back from school everyday. It was a highly emotional and sensitive experience,’ said Alkazi.

Aarth-Astha’s 45-minute maiden venture aspires to bring to fore the core issues of disability and the hardships faced by those hit by it. The play aims to change the general trend of being oblivious to the problems of physically challenged kids. The belief that they can also emote, dance and perform like others needs to be affirmed.
‘Dastaan E Dilli
is a play which celebrates children with special needs. It centres around their visions and wishes,’ Alkazi pointed out.

Talking about the play, choreographed by Vishwakanth Sinha, Alkazi said, ‘It is a journey down the history lane. It showcases the transition from the Mughal era to India’s freedom struggle. Working with the special children is a challenging task. It requires little extra patience and time. The key is to break down the performances into small units. We rehearsed for one-and-a-half month and then finally took it to stage,’ concluded Alkazi.

DETAILS

At: Shri Ram center, 4, Safdar hashmi Marg
When: TOday
Timings: 6:30pm
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