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DIVINE DRAMA: Students of Amrit-The Society for the Aid of the Handicapped, performing `Ram Katha', at the annual day function held in Coimbatore recently. Photo: M. Periasamy
DIVINE DRAMA: Students of Amrit-The Society for the Aid of the Handicapped, performing `Ram Katha', at the annual day function held in Coimbatore recently. Photo: M. Periasamy

Anasuya Menon

Children with physical and mental disabilities including speech impairment took part in a dance drama

COIMBATORE: Amrit, The Society for the Aid of the Handicapped was abuzz with activity. The guests were ushered to their seats and the stage readied for "Ram Katha."

The rain that kept pouring down did not dampen the spirits of the students or the teachers. "It is believed that whenever the `Sita Kalyana' is performed, it rains," the compere said. It was the Annual Day celebration of the school, when all the students appeared on stage, enacting their bit with perfect ease.

The dance drama narrated the story of Ram and Sita and their `Swayamvara' opened with Valmiki scripting the epic. Music filled the air and one by one the characters appeared, along with the narrator, a hearing and speech impaired girl. The children danced and acted, enjoying every bit of the programme.

Choreographed by Shivanjali Temple of Fine Arts, the programme was aimed at giving an opportunity for every student to do something on stage. "The students were made to practice regularly for two weeks and the outcome is excellent. We have always wanted to work with children with disabilities and this was a wonderful opportunity," said Kamakshi Jayaraman, Senior Teacher at Shivanjali Temple of Fine Arts.

Though some of them had to be assisted by teachers, they never forgot to smile. Children with physical and mental disabilities including speech and hearing impairment were part of the programme.

The students of the school are also given training in making cards, gifts and sweet boxes. They will also be trained in computers with the help of special software that has been made available in the school.

A computer centre too was inaugurated. The physiotherapy centre at the Amrit Institute has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Sri Ramakrishna College for Physiotherapy.

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