GUWAHATI: Spectators present at the GMCH auditorium on Tuesday evening were taken back to the Quit India movement days of the pre-independence era by a spectacular drama performance—Tejashwani Kanaklata, on the supreme sacrifice of Kankalata Baruah, performed by a group of talented differently abled residents of Destination.
The cultural event was titled Ahbban and was organized in Collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of India. The destination is a home for differently abled children and youths and came to existence on June 1, 2005, and today 110 beneficiaries stay there. The drama on the sacrifice of Kanaklata was the special attraction of the day, and apart from that the residents also performed Medley dance to the tune of Bollywood numbers from the era 1950 till now, sang songs, and did a Bihu dance. To add to the event, Nilotpal Deka, a former resident of Destination performed songs. “It is an initiative by Destination to empower them and also to instil confidence among them, and apart from that it is also a step to make the society aware about the hidden talents among the differently abled ones,” said Rupa Hazarika, founder president of Destination, who is also presently associated with the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Bibek Deka and Ankita Das, members of the Visual Creation Cultural Group, who conceptualized and directed the drama, said that, they found the differently abled ones as talented as anyone else. “The response has been encouraging for us, and we are overwhelmed,” said Indrani Tahbildar, advisor of Destination, and member of ASCPRC.
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