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It's possible

Swati Daftuar
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Sambhav is aplatform to showcase the talent of differently-abled children. It has been doing remarkably well for the last eight years.

On Stage: A cultural extravanganza.
On Stage: A cultural extravanganza.

The name “Sambhav” itself refers to something that is ‘possible'. Over the last eight years, Sambhav, the festival, has grown to become a major event of inclusive arts in the national capital. It showcases the inclusiveness of Indian society and brings together such efforts by differently-abled children and artists in India as well as other countries.

Dreams come true

Established by The Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action (A.L.P.A.N.A.), a not-for-profit registered organisation, Sambhav is an annual event that provides a unique platform for these children, making their dreams ‘possible'.

Sambhav 2011 will be held on November 12, 13 at the India International Centre and India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi, and this two-day long event will include an international seminar on Inclusive Performing Arts, Mental Health and Dance as Therapy for challenged persons. Along with that, an International Exhibition of paintings and art pieces made by challenged artists will be held to showcase their hard work and creativity.

The most important part of Sambhav is an evening of performances by differently-abled children, will be held on both days. Children from a number of countries will participate.

The participants are divided into three groups. Group A, will have children and young performing artists with disabilities from different countries. Group B has experts like dance therapists, music therapists, mental health professionals, medical doctors, art instructors, therapy administrators, policy makers, diplomats, media persons, working with differently-abled children. They too will be from several different countries. Group C will have differently-abled artists, painters, sculptors, weavers, designers who will exhibit their arts and at the international exhibition.

Global participation

Sambhav 2010, held in the wake of the Commonwealth Games, saw growing participation, words of advice and guidance extended by people and organisations supporting the cause of bringing the specially gifted children to the mainstream of society, with participation from 16 countries located in five continents; Pakistan, Indonesia, England, Canada, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Myanmar and Russia being among them.

This year too, the festival hopes to work towards its objectives to promote inclusive growth and fulfil commitments of the global society towards persons with disability and to showcase inclusiveness of Indian society.


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