SHILLONG, Aug 05: It was an all out battle of rhythm, timing and style with a prize much above what any competition could ever provide - A prize that resounds with the unheard voice of the disabled crying out for inclusivity in the society.
From contemporary to mix classical, group to solo, dancers in various categories performed as they competed against each other in the finals of the annual Dance competition season three organized by Blossoms - The fan club for children.
The contestants were judged by renowned choreographer and Dance India Dance participant, Kamlesh Patel who also put up a good performance for the audience.
Apart from the 40 odd participants, over 25 underprivileged and students from School and Center for Hearing Handicapped, Jyoti Soroat and Dwar Jingkyrmen participated in the event.
“This initiative was taken to provide the disabled a platform to prove their mettle and point that they are equally good,” said Pritika Vaswani founder member of Blossoms while adding that this is the third consecutive year of the dance competition.
“We want all the children to be treated equally by the society and not differently just because they are disabled or blind,” Vaswani added.
Another member of Blossom, Poonam Rana said, “We are trying to create a common platform for the mainstream, under privileged and the disabled as our aim is to groom them as they have immense talent in them just like the others”.
Echoing similar sentiments, another member and also a teacher of Dwar Jingkyrmen School, Munmun Pradhan said, “Others have the platform but the underprivileged and disabled they don’t have this despite having a lot of talent and we are trying our best to give them the required area to flourish”.
During the competition songs were also performed by students of the participating schools.