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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

ALPANA fulfils specially-abled Tanmay's dream of dancing

22-year-old Tanmay Aggarwal is just like any other boy his age. He is affable, jovial and willing to learn. In fact, he serves as an inspiration to many of his peers as his mental disability does not come in the way of living his dream of being a dancer.
Specially abled kids perform on Bollywood songs at Sambhav 2014

Tanmay is on cloud nine these days after having performed in the recently concluded Sambhav 2014, the annual dance event organised by Delhi-based NGO Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action (ALPANA).  The eighth edition of the cultural event showcased artistic talent of physically and mentally challenged artistes from 16 countries. The NGO runs a small school having 140 students from different streams to contribute for the inclusive growth of physically and mentally challenged students in the society where Tanmay also studies.

Sambhav 2014 was organised in India International Centre

         “I like to dance and perform for people - Tanmay Aggarwal.
 Specially abled kids perform on Bollywood songs at Sambhav 2014
“Tanmay joined ALPANA when he was just 11 years of age. He was one of the first students to have been inducted in the organisation,” shares Anshu Aggarwal, his sister-in-law. 

“He started dancing since he was very young. He was one of the first students, a source of inspiration for ALPANA,” shared one of the teachers present at the event. The event was organised between November 14-16. Specially gifted artists from various nations such as Bangladesh, Israel, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and South Africa came and showcased their talent.

The mentor for the children at ALPANA – Alpana Nayak is a renowned Odissi dancer herself. Nothing delights her more than watching her specially-abled students perform. “When we began teaching in the early 2000s, most students who came to me were special children. Their bodies were rigid, but looking at them dance now I feel that they express themselves through this art form,” she shares. At ALPANA, they also teach the students to become self-independent by making them learn candle making, paper crafts and cooking basic Indian cuisine.

Tanmay has gained a lot of confidence after he started dancing, according to his family. He deals with every challenged in life, however big and small, with a zealous attitude. “I like to dance and perform for people. I love going to school. I can also cook a few Indian dishes and make tea. I learnt how not to be scared and just do good things in life,” he confesses.

Source : I am in dna of South delhi , 18th Nov 2014

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