Different Art Centre at Magic Planet

A platform to engage 100 differently abled children with autistic disorders

November 08, 2019 12:49 am | Updated 12:49 am IST - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has termed the Different Art Centre at the Magic Planet, founded by magician Gopinath Muthukad, as an exemplary model for the intellectual and mental progress of differently abled children.

Mr. Vijayan, while formally inaugurating the centre at the Kinfra Film and Video Park premises in Kazhakuttam on Thursday, said that the project has become a proud initiative of the government which has been working on transforming the State into a differently abled friendly one. He added that art therapy could play a significant role in brining positive changes among differently abled children.

The centre has been envisaged as a platform to engage 100 differently abled children with autistic disorders by showcasing their talents in music, dance, painting and skills in various musical instruments.

The unique project, that is supported by the Kerala Social Security Mission, included seven stages, viz., Beethoven Bungalow (for music), Jaleo Mahal (dance), Angelo’s Artree and Angelo’s Arcade (painting), India Fort (drama), Camille Cascade (film production) and Wonder Wings (magic).

Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan inaugurated Different Thought Centre, a training facility that will be utilised to create awareness regarding early autism in children and precautionary steps to be adopted during pregnancy. Health and Social Justice Minister K.K. Shailaja presided over the function.

The dignitaries were treated to performances by differently abled children at each venues. Kerala State Planning Board member Mridul Eapen, Social Justice Director Sheeba George and Thiruvananthapuram Corporation standing committee chairman K. Sreekumar, councillor S. Bindu, Kinfra managing director Santhosh Koshy Thomas were among those who were present on the occasion.

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