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Magic, music for special kids

Dec. 2: Two experts of magic and music have joined hands for a special cause.

Magician Vikram Talukdar and Zubeen Garg will entertain around 40 differently-abled children at Shraddhanjali Kanan tomorrow evening, thanks to Destinationand its special programme to commemorate World Disability Day.

The NGO, which has been providing care, treatment skill-development training to specially-abled children, will organise the programme to entertain the kids and create awareness on their plight.

While Talukdar will display magic tricks, Zubeen will play some of his popular numbers during the three-hour programme at the park, scheduled to begin at 5pm.

“These children are either physically challenged or need extra care for their development. Some of them are orphans and they need special care to make them feel like schoolchildren playing in the parks and having fun. So we decided to organise this programme. Garg, who is the president of our NGO, has agreed to sing some of his popular numbers for the children,” founder secretary of the NGO, Rupa Hazarika, today said.

Set up in 2005, Destination is providing lodging, treatment and special care and education to differently-abled children, orphans or mentally challenged destitute.

“Since our inception, we have provided treatment and special care to around 200 people, mostly children. At present, we have 40 children whom we are providing all possible care and support. We are also providing shelter to orphans and some of them have been adopted by people after completing the legal formalities,” Hazarika said.

“During my 30-minute show, I will try to display some colourful tricks for the children and try to provide them full entertainment during the show. I always enjoy doing shows for causes like this and a few days ago I had performed for orphans in Snehalaya ,” Talukdar said.

Social welfare minister Akon Bora and Gauhati East MLA Robin Bordoloi will be present at the programme.

Hazarika said the NGO had recently been selected by the social welfare department for a project to take care of the differently-abled and homeless in the city.

“So far, we have rescued four homeless persons and provided them with treatment, shelter and care with the help of police and doctors,” she said.

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