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Incredible show: Visually-impaired students of the Devnar School for The Blind performing a dance on Wednesday.
Incredible show: Visually-impaired students of the Devnar School for The Blind performing a dance on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Overwhelming performance by visually-challenged children at annual day fete

HYDERABAD: It was an evening Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan would remember of his tenure in Andhra Pradesh. Though he came prepared for spending some moments with the visually-challenged children of the Devnar School for the Blind on the 18 {+t} {+h} Annual Day of their school, Wednesday's evening had a quite a few surprises in store for him.

Watching the visually-challenged children dance to rhythm without hitting the fellow performers or stepping on their toes was certainly one of them. After a guided tour through the school's various faculties including the Braille Printer and Computer Lab, science lab and digital talking library, all of which produced outstanding achievers from the school, there was enough reason for this ex-cop to be overcome by emotion.

Calling the founder-chairman A. Saibaba Goud an embodiment of Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Karma Yoga, he invoked the prayer ‘Asatoma Sadgamaya' from Upanishads to describe the school. He even got into self-hating mode, by saying that it was not the school's students, but “we” who are visually-challenged.

“Dr.Goud has shown us a beautiful morning in the evening of our lives. Everybody in seats of authority should visit this school,” he said, and promised to take up the school's cause and propagate it across the country.

First lady Vimala Narasimhan who attended as Guest of Honour stole the hearts by calling the school “Devnar School for the Bright”.

“We all say, when god closes a door, he keeps a window open. But for the students here, god closed a small window, but opened many great doors,” she said, and lauded the efforts of Dr.Goud and his wife Jyothi Goud.

It was a pleasant evening, and children of the Devnar School for the Blind were dressed for it in their best attires. They performed skits, mono-actions and dances complemented by a child-anchor who made announcements from a Braille script. Students, and alumni from the school who settled in well-paid jobs and professions received medallions from the Governor.

Dr.Goud narrated the achievements of the school and sought allotment of land from the government for extension of the school.

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