VISAKHAPATNAM: It was a freshers’ day with a difference. Students of Business Administration of ICFAI College invited children of the Lebenshife, a special school for the mentally handicapped, to share the dais with them.
The mentally challenged children showcased their talents to the delight of the gathering.
The programme started with a vocal concert that was followed by rhythmic beating of the drums. The special children, in colourful costumes, performed Bhangra like seasoned dancers.
Some of them even jumped in the air and picked up currency notes placed on the ground with their mouth drawing all round applause. The highlight of their performance, however, was the tiger dance.
But for an occasional faltering in their steps, the special children, with prompting by their trainers, performed like professionals.
ICFAI College Vice-Principal M. Sudha lauded the special children on their fine performance.
Lebenshilfe Director T. Sarawathi Devi said the dances and songs were meant to help the special children in promoting body-mind connectivity.
There was a thunderous applause as Anil of ICFAI danced to the song of Megastar Chiranjeevi “Na gundeku cheppindi good morning”.
Anju Group danced to a Hindi number.
The students enjoyed every moment either performing on stage or cheering their classmates.
A short clipping from a Hindi film was screened in honour of soldiers who sacrifice their life on the border.