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Thursday , January 9 , 2014
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Special dancers for Delhi meet

Three special dancers from Parents Association for Mentally Handicapped, Jamshedpur, are busy practising in the run up to Samarth 2014, a national-level competition at Sirifort Competition in New Delhi on January 15 and 16.

Rakhi Gope (20), K. Alisah (12) and Christina Christopher (17) will perform at the contest, which is organised by department of disability affairs under Union ministry of social justice and empowerment.

While special persons from the association have performed in various sports events, this will be the first time the reputed cradle is sending participants in a dance contest.

“Our members have actively participated in Special Olympics and other sports events and won accolades. This is the first time our children will compete in dance contest. The three girls are rehearsing everyday and will surely put up good performances,” said P. Babu Rao, secretary of the association, adding that all three girls would perform on Bollywood numbers at the national contest.

The competition will be held in four categories — mentally impaired, locomotor-impaired including, leprosy cured and cerebral palsy, visually impaired and hearing impaired. Also, there will be solo and group performances on folk, classical and Bollywood numbers. Special youths will also show their skills at vocal, instrumental contests and theatre.

“This will be a motivation for the young girls. I am sure we will win a prize as we know how talented our girls are. Poonam Natarajan, chairperson of National Trust, had also recognised their talent when she was in the city last year. It was she who suggested us to send these girls to the competition,” said Rao.

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