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Education for the differently abled through art, dance therapy

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New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI): For differently-abled people, the the need to constantly fit into society often seem to overide the pain and mental agony, which goes with being born with a physical deformity.

However Syed Sallauddin Pasha, an exponent of Kathak, yoga, martial arts and Bharatanatyam, firmly believes that a combination of arts can be used effectively in therapeutic education to teach and empower people with special abilities.

Pasha, the artistic Director, Ability Unlimited Foundation, a non governmental organisation, trains special children through a culmination of music, dance yoga colour and rhythm therapy, stresses on the importance of art as a medium of healing.

20-year-old polio afflicted Gulshan Kumar, who holds a Guinness World Record for attempting the maximum, 63, spins in a wheelchair in a minute says Pasha's method of education through therapy has worked wonders.

"I wanted to challenge myself. I don't believe that being physically handicapped merit for only making paper bags or candles. We have a cricket team of wheelchair ridden people.

We have participated in many competitions. I also drive my own bike," says Kumar who was diagnosed with polio as a nine-month old.

Kumar is a student at the just launched first-of-a-kind therapeutic education centre, which currently runs at Muhiddinpur Dabarsi village in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and offers offers diploma courses in diverse subjects ranging from sign language to choreography.

Art, dance Edu'n for Differently abled

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