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Resource id #3 Conquering disability, conquering hearts - Volume 2 Issue 21: Disability News and Information Service for India

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Volume 2 Issue 21 - November 01, 2004

Conquering disability, conquering hearts

DNIS Network News - Over 45 children with severe disabilities hold the audience in thrall in an ASTHA play.

Over 45 severely disabled children took part in the play.

Over 45 children with severe disabilities participated in a play 'Agar Magar' at Sri Ram Centre on October 17. These special kids enthralled the audience with their performance. The play was organised by ASTHA (Alternative Strategies for the Handicapped) in association with Delhi Old Xaviarian's Association (DOXA).

According to Radhika Alkazi, who heads ASTHA, this is the third time in succession that her organisation has organised such an event. The play, directed by Faizal Alkazi, is the story of a crocodile who rules a jungle and wants the other animals out.

"The stage brings out so many abilities in the children which are otherwise not seen or known to be there..." said Radhika, who doubled as a prop in the play.

The event was inaugurated in the traditional style by the Minister for Heavy Industries, Santosh Mohan Deb, lighting a lamp. Also present on the occasion were author Zai Whitaker, educationist T.V. Kunnunkal, and Rohini Prasad, wife of the ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago. Contributions were also raised on the occasion from DOXA and general public.

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