Visions and revisions
Doordarshan has a great new series on offer for its audience. The television series Nazarya Nazariya will feature real-life stories of visually impaired and blind achievers in India across various fields. Renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah to be a part of the weekly television series, which will air every Saturday at 9:30 to10:00 am.
Each episode of the television series will feature real-life stories of blind and visually impaired achievers whilst addressing diverse themes throughout the course of the 13 part series. The themes will range from education, employment, business, art and culture including marriage and relationships.
Commenting on his association to the cause and television series, Shah said, 'When I did Sparsh in the early 1980s, I had the opportunity of interacting with several visually impaired individuals. I realized that the problem is not with the Nazar it is with the Nazariya.’
India houses over 63 million visually impaired people. Most of these people are often marginalised, not given equal opportunities for education, career and employment; they are also ill informed, and not stimulated to explore their potential.
The blind and visually impaired community is often viewed as liabilities as opposed to potential human resource for a developing country, says Shah. ‘What is important here is that people like you and me need to break away from the societal stereotypes and commonly held perceptions about disability and success or happiness.
This is the main message that we are trying to drive through this television series and we hope that we are able to achieve this goal by reaching out to more and more people of this country.'