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Making it ‘sambhav' for them

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A special show: Children participating in an earlier edition of ‘Sambhav' organised by ALPANA.
A special show: Children participating in an earlier edition of ‘Sambhav' organised by ALPANA.

Mentally and physically challenged artistes from 19 countries will participate in a two-day international event of exhibition, seminar and performing arts in the Capital beginning this Saturday.

Growing popularity

Hosted by non-government organisation Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action (ALPANA), “Sambhav” will see the participation of artistes from the US, Russia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Colombia, Nigeria, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar and Nepal.

The event's popularity can be gauged from the fact that artistes from Australia, Germany, Iran and Mauritius are participating in it for the first time.

According to ALPANA president Alpana Nayak, resource persons from the host and participating countries will present their papers at an international seminar on the theme “Shared experiences on physically and mentally challenged persons and inclusive growth”.

An international exhibition on the same theme is also part of this event.

“Sambhav-2011” will see visually impaired and deaf children and youngsters performing for 20 to 25 minutes.

Experts, gurus, dance and music therapists, mental health professionals, medical doctors, art instructors, therapy administrators, policy makers, diplomats, media persons and legal professionals will attend the international seminar.

Physically and mentally challenged painters, sculptors, weavers and designers will exhibit their arts and artefacts at the international exhibition.

The event will be held at India International Centre and India Islamic Cultural Centre.

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