Vrindavan, 2017.12.04 (VT): Yesterday morning, differently-abled children from local schools staged a special street theatre performance in Mathura. Through the performance, they aimed to raise awareness about the challenges diff-abled people face in Indian society.
From Demipyar Nagar to Holi Gate, various enlightening skits were presented along the street. One skit depicted what it is like for a blind person to cross the street in India. One of the students mimed crossing a road, while another, playing the part of a careless driver, bumped into him and knocked him down. With no one willing to assist, the blind person picked himself up and simply continued on his way.
In another skit, the children showed a poor man being involved in a traffic accident, in which he lost a leg. The man then started begging in order to earn enough money for food. Passers-by made fun of him and abused him. One even pushed him down and laughed as he tried to get back up. Later, the abusive man became disabled himself, and started begging in the same alleyway as the man he abused.
Some of the students participating in the event were blind, while some were deaf and others had trouble walking. To accommodate all the students, little to no dialogue was used in the plays.
The students’ performance was spectacular and the presentation drew a large crowd. A number of prominent community members attended the program, which was organized by teacher Ambika Lavaniya on behalf of the Maharshi Dayanand Punarvas Sansthan and Senior Secondary School.
December 3rd was chosen for the event, as it is the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The theme of this year’s IDPD was “transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all.” IDPD began in 1992 and aims to promote a better understanding of people with disabilities around the world, and to promote their overall welness in every aspect of life. (V)
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