Anjali Children’s Festival is Privy to Inspiration
The Anjali Children’s Festival was privy to the extra inspiration of watching five visually-impaired men dancing the night away. Part of the Bangalore-based organization ‘Articulate,’ the five men (Gowda, Prasad, Ramdu, Rao and Swamy) sure have a story or two to tell. As well, they happen to be incredible Bharatanatyam dancers, with some tragedy on the side. At least, that’s how they tell their tales, but really, when you look at it, these inspiring individuals have certainly had more than their fair share to deal with over the years.
Artistically directed by Mysore B Nagaraj, this organization helps many people deal with the troubles in their lives in a creative fashion.
These five men joined the Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind in Bangalore as youngsters. They have all experienced incredible loss in their lives. Gowda, for instance – while he had perfect sight when he was born – lost it following an accident that resulted in dust in his eyes and was never properly treated. He didn’t even get the support of his parents over this time. So, he became a top dancer and joined the group. As well, he now runs his own travel agency in Bangalore.
All five of these guys have similar stories. But they all showed triumph over advocacy. They have accomplished their dreams in incredible ways – being optimistic, overcoming depressions and displaying incredible amounts of perseverance.