When Bharatanatyam was launched as a topic for college kids at Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind in Bengaluru in 1985, many individuals had been sceptical. May the visually challenged college students actually excel in a visible artwork, they requested. Nobody might have anticipated that the scholars — some partially and others absolutely blind — would sooner or later enter the Guinness World Data.
Dance has additionally had an immensely constructive impact on different features of their lives. Amirta, one of many academics, says the scholars’ motion, coordination, orientation and mobility have all improved.
Three a long time down the road, many college students from the college have carried out in India and overseas; some have taken it up as a full-time career, whereas others have studied for levels from the Karnataka State Board dance exams.
Watching the scholars be taught and carry out is a novel expertise — the best way they measure their steps to get a way of house, or the best way academics use contact to show posture, mudra and expressions. “When nature takes away one of the five senses, the other faculties get fine-tuned. The sense of hearing and touch is heightened,” says Shruthi M.S., one of many academics.
Dinesh V.Ok. and Dharmaraju S., who joined the academy at a younger age, now train in addition to carry out. “Many people discouraged us, but we decided to take it up as a career,” says Dharmaraj. Their performances at present are certainly on a par with different skilled dancers.