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ABBA music with a message

Name of the Game will perform in A Tribute to Abba: A Concert in the Aid of Charity

By Jhinuk Mazumdar in Calcutta
  • Published 14.08.19, 1:45 AM
  • Updated 14.08.19, 1:45 AM
  • 2 mins read
ABBA, the Swedish pop group formed in 1972 (Wikimedia Commons)

The first “B” in ABBA is a mirror image — just the way many children with dyslexia write the second letter of the alphabet.

A city-based organisation working with children with dyslexia is hosting a tribute band from the UK to recreate the ABBA magic and to raise awareness about dyslexia, a learning disability.

Name of the Game will perform in A Tribute to Abba: A Concert in the Aid of Charity, presented by Breaking Through Dyslexia in association with t2, at Netaji Indoor Stadium on August 16.

Breaking Through Dyslexia is a non-profit that works to assist children with dyslexia reach their full potential and has chosen the Swedish pop band to reach out to many.

So this Friday night when “the lights are low”, those from the ABBA generation and also those who are not can “dance” and “jive” and have the “time of your life” with Dancing Queen, Mamma mia, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Super Troupers and more.

“The idea is to give people an evening that they would remember and talk about dyslexia, too. If we have a conference and ask people to come, nobody would come except for maybe some teachers. This is one of the biggest steps to creating awareness about dyslexia. I can reach out to far more people,” said Divya Jalan, the founder trustee and president of the organisation.

The concert will begin at 6.30pm and before Name of the Game takes the stage there will be a short presentation on dyslexia with which the organisers hope to reach out to a wider audience “of all age groups”.

Tickets to the concert are available online at BookMyShow, or can be bought at Living Free and Ice-o-Metry in Ballygunge and all locations of Chai Break. The tickets are priced at Rs 499 (Rs 450 with student ID) to Rs 3,500.

The concert is also the beginning of a fundraiser for an institute for dyslexia that Jalan hopes to open in the city to train teachers and offer remedial help to students with dyslexia and learning disabilities.

“I want to do a pull-out system for students where we collaborate with schools, so that dyslexic students can get intensive help while the school holds on to his or her seat for the duration and the student can return to the mainstream school when ready,” Jalan said.

“Awareness about dyslexia is low and the assessment is also not happening in a big way. If there is lack of awareness schools also do not know how to help. Parents also need to know more about it and only then they can exert their rights,” she said.