This photo is a tribute to the most special show of talent I have seen on stage recently. This stage show was performed by - ‘Ability Unlimited’ – a voluntary, non-profit social service organization for differently abled persons. This organization works for recognizing, nurturing and enabling hidden potential and talents within differently abled youngsters. It is committed to changing the apathy, negativity and fear that surrounds the education, employment and arts through the specially designed professional dance-theatre performances and innovative methodology as “seeing is believing”. It gives the message of equality , dignity , equal opportunities and full participation of disabled people so that they can be on the same platform as the non-disabled.
As the world's first, and only, professional dance theatre exclusively employing disabled people and also run by them, AU trains its members using innovative choreographic techniques and therapeutic methods. "Dance for the disabled is like a medicine without side-effects,"Moving to music is therapeutic for the body and uplifting for the spirit. Movement set in choreography -- and performed publicly -- challenges an artiste's physical, mental and emotional strength."
Their wheelchairs spinning faster than a kathak dancer, the artistes of the unique Ability Unlimited dance troupe hold audiences spellbound all over the world. Through dance, members of this 150-strong troupe of mentally/physically challenged people find a voice in a not very inclusive society.
The best part of the show was, it did not evoke sympathy as is usually the case with handicapped; on the other hand, it evoked a sense of bewilderment, joy and contentment like any other artistic creation of excellence. The dancer seen here played the role of SreeKrishna in Bhagavatgita and dances(moves) with crutches and wears heavy braces on his legs as both lowerlimbs are paralyzed.
Special thanks to Guru Syed Salauddin Pasha- founder , mentor and choreographer of “ Ability Unlimited”