Specially-abled children enthrall audience in Tagore Hall

Srinagar—The city’s historic Tagore Hall today came to life with colourful action packed presentations by the specially abled children of Shafaqat Special/Inclusive School, staff members of Visually Impaired Rehablitation Deartment of Voluntary Medicare Society or VMS, some patients of SRC, and famous artists that enthralled the audience on the eve of World Disabled Day yesterday.

The programme was organised by VMS with the support of State Bank of India, Central University, Kashmir, Radio Kashmir, ICRC, District and Tehsil Legal Services Authority and a host of individuals.

Prof (Dr) Mir Mohammad Maqbool, founding President of VMS, welcomed the guests with the appeal to the civil society to work for generation of awareness about various disabilities and challenges faced by disabled persons. under the obtaining situation.

Noted artist, poet and compere Mohammad Amin Bhat conducted the programme in his own style with famous quotes and couplets of Urdu and Kashmiri poetry.

The programme was started with recitation of Holy Quran by a special child from Shafaqat School followed by a prayer song seeking mercies of the almighty God by a group of students that brought tears to the eyes of the audience. This was followed by another group song by children of the school.

Dr Mushtaq Margoob, Director SAWAB Centre of the VMS presented two success stories on rehabilitation of two VMS patients.

Faizan, Coordinator, District Legal Services Authority, in his brief presentation shed light on the challenges faced by the disabled persons. Noted Advocate of J&K High Court and Columnist, Jawad Hussain Reshi made a presentation on J&K Disabilities Act-2017 and the its implementation in the state. He lamented that nothing substantial has been implemented that could alleviate the sufferings of the disabled persons.

Ms Aliya, Rehab Therapist of VMS made a presentation on success story of a visually impaired student.

Hifa and Insha, SCI Patients of SRC, presented heart touching songs on the occasion.

Aijaz Rah, famed singer enthralled the audience with a Kashmiri song.

Earlier, a drawing ‘competition’ was also organised in the same hall where every participant was rewarded. A Burnhalian student, Husain presented a solo song to express his support for the cause of specially abled.

Dr Riyaz A Untoo, Principal SKIMS Medical College, Prof Nadeem of CUK, Prof (Dr) Mir Maqbool, Dr F A Kaloo, Executive Member VMS and Morifat Qadri Secretary VMS distributed prizes among the participants.

Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi, who was the chief guest, in his address said that the children who made different presentations on the occasion left nothing to be told. He stressed the need for awareness about the handicaps faced by the physically challenged

Dr Bashir, Administrator, VMS presented a vote of thanks.



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