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Odisha: Differently Abled Children Of Cuttack To Perform Dance Before President Of India


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12 April 2019

Bikash Sharma


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Cuttack: Dispelling the notion that dance performances require physically sound people, this group of differently abled children from Cuttack are all set to impress the President of India by their dance moves at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 18th of April.

These children of ‘Ashraya’ (a shelter home in Cuttack for differently abled) are busy practicing for the D-day after they got selected for the final performance in a competition held in New Delhi few days back.

“There was the semi-finals conducted in the capital and our team got selected for the finals. It was a pan-India competition and though Odisha had only one entry, we were able to make it to the finals. Now, we are all very excited to be able to showcase the talent of these children before the President,” explained Sujata Patnaik, Secretary, Ashraya-The Shelter Home. 

Scheduled to be organized on 18th of this month, the children will go to Delhi on 15th and practice there for two days before mesmerizing everyone with their energy and vibration, and impressing the President with their special dance moves. 

Pradipta Kumar Sethi, their choreographer said in an optimistic tone, “All the children have toiled hard irrespective of their disabilities. We are looking forward to the final competition and sincerely hope that they will nail it.”

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Sujata Patnaik, Secretary, Ashraya

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Pradipta Sethi, Choreographer