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Disabled students shine on stage

They can neither hear the sound of music,nor sing a song. But when they step on the stage, they cast a spell on the audience through their graceful moves.

By Sunil Patnaik in Berhampur
  • Published 6.11.17
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Deaf and mute students perform at De Paul School in Berhampur on Sunday. Picture by Gopal Krishna Reddy

Berhampur: They can neither hear the sound of music,nor sing a song. But when they step on the stage, they cast a spell on the audience through their graceful moves.

Dipanjali Bira, Preseenta Nayak, Susmita Soreng, Seasal Nayak, Mihir Nayak, Ajath Maly and Raju Sabar performed modern dance on two Hindi popular songs Çhham Chham Chham, Nachun Aaj Chham Chham Chham and Prem Ratan Dhanpayo at an event tilted Fun-fair, organised by De Paul School, here on Sunday.

Parents, teachers and students were amazed by their dance moves that left an indelible imprint on their minds. "When they danced on the stage, many perhaps did not know that they have hearing impairment," said Pramila Pradhan, a teacher at De Paul School. These young dancers are studying in John Angoly Farina Hearing Impaired Children School in Chatrapur. "These children can follow commands of their dance teachers by watching lip movements or viewing the video on the laptop or a large screen. They can dance on the stage though they are unable to hear the music," said director of the institute Sister Dorothaean.

The institute, established in 2007, has 36 deaf and mute students studying in Class I to IX. "We try to make them self-sufficient and nourish their inner talents. Out of 36 students, two are working in V-Guard Stabilisers for livelihood. The seven students, including four girls, who performed in the De Paul School, have developed dancing skills despite their physical deformity. They are very talented and we feel proud for them," said Sister Dorothaean said.

Principal of De Paul School, Father Saju Antony said: "Generally we help people with physical deformities. However, if someone is capable of doing something special, we should try to encourage him."

"We have decided to donate a "Smart Board" for the benefit of deaf and mute students. The board will be very helpful to these students as they only have vision," Father Anthony said.