Scintillating dance performances by hearing impaired students

It was a musical Sunday for the around 800 hearing impaired persons who gathered at Bertram Hall in Loyola College to celebrate the International Day of the Deaf. The event was aptly titled ‘A Friendship Evening'.

The performance of the students from various schools for the hearing impaired in the city left the audience spell bound. They performed to A.R. Rahman's ‘Vande Mataram' without missing a beat, then did a ‘bhangra' and followed it with a skit. Deaf EnAbled Foundation students presented a spoof on an inauguration ceremony by a politician and a comical news reading session on television.

The animated conversations among the audience in sign language communicated their enjoyment. The event was interspersed with speeches by T.K.M. Sandeep, chief executive of Deaf EnAbled Foundation and a report of the organisation's work in its various centres was also shared.

Through an interpreter Mr. Sandeep said, “We train our members to change their attitude and help them develop their confidence through training programmes.” These include setting up 500 deaf clubs across the country, training and seminars for school students, HIV awareness workshops and women empowerment programmes.

Every year, the Foundation honours achievers. This year eight teachers from various city-based schools were honoured with the Annie Sullivan's Teachers Award that includes a certificate of honour and a plaque. Eight students were chosen for the Helen Keller Student's award that consists of a plaque, citation and scholarship.

Kannagi Packianatham, secretary, Welfare of the Differently abled Persons, S.H. Keshava, general manager, Indian Overseas Bank, Subramaniam, assistant general manager, State Bank of Mysore and Arumugam, general manager, National Small Industries Corporation participated.

The event was held to mark the International Day of the Deaf which is observed in the last week of September annually.