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Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
23-July-2019 20:13 IST
President Witnesses Extraordinary Performances by Divyang Children at Cultural Event ‘Divya Kala Shakti- Witnessing Ability in Disability’

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind witnessed extraordinary performances by the Divyang Children at the cultural event ‘Divya Kala Shakti- Witnessing Ability in Disability’ organized by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in G.M.C. Balayogi Auditorium, Parliament Library Building here today.

The Vice President & Chairman, RajyaSabha Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Speaker, LokSabha Shri Om Birla were the Guests of Honour. Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot and many Ministers were present. Members of Parliament from Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha and the Secretaries to many Central Ministries/Departments also attended this special event, which was organized for the second time.

In March, 2019, the DEPwD received a request from the President’s Secretariat to conduct a cultural programme for Divyang children in the premises of Rashtrapati Bhawan on 18th April, 2019 with an aim to further create awareness regarding the tremendous potential that is waiting to be harnessed. In order to organise the function, three major steps were taken immediately:-

  1. To invite entries of participants through our National Institutes;
  2. To appoint a professional choreographer team to mentor the participating teams; and
  3. To make the RashtraptiBhawan cultural centre fully accessible.

175 Artistes have been drawn from different states, cultural societies, institutions, civil societies to make it a truly nationalistic spirit. Department arranged for their rehearsals and practise session with the choreographer and the discipline and precision of timing and performance among such children is the greatest example of their intellectual, creative and their latent ability that needs to be harnessed for their optimal self-actualization.

The President Secretariat made necessary arrangements for making the stage and venue accessible for Persons with Disabilities along with provided necessary arrangements including sound and light equipments.The Cultural event , “Divya Kala Shakti: Witnessing Ability in Disability” commenced in the evening of 18th April, 2019 in the esteemed presence of  the President of India who interacted with the participants and group photos were taken. The event was witnessed by about 300 dignitaries representing Ambassadors/High Commissioners/Senior Government officials, Creative personalities, Educators, Principals, various disability advocacy groups etc.

The programme was anchored by 3 youths with visual impairments disabilities; and performances were presented only by children and youth with disabilities ranging from physical, visual, hearing, intellectual, autism to multiple disabilities. They are capable of excelling in any field of life, be it art, culture, sports, profession or anything which a person with disability can do. The children with disabilities and the audience will always remember the inspiring words said by the President of India, who said that we need to spread the message of the rights and skills of Divyang children in every corner of the country.

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) was established in May, 2012 under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to give greater emphasis on policy issues and implementation relating to persons with disabilities. Besides administering three Acts of Parliament, the Department is providing rehabilitation services, training, education and conducting research on various disabilities through eight National Institutes spread across the country. Various Central Schemes are being run to provide support to institutions, State Governments and NGOs. Awareness Generation is a continuous process. Besides providing financial support to civil society organisations and institutions for sensitising people about the rights and entitlements of persons with disabilities; the Government confers National Awards every year in recognition of excellence of persons with disabilities and their organisations and also to individuals and organisations for the welfare of persons with disabilities.The RPwD-2016 has come into force on 19th April 2017. Section 29 of RPwD Act envisions the Government to promote cultural and recreational activities amongst the Persons with Disabilities.

The Divyang children who participatedtoday as well as their items are mentioned below:-

National Anthem in Sign language

Name   : Students fromAkshayaPratishthan, National Association of Blind, Saksham, Tamanna

Age      : 11 to 31 years

Disability : Hearing Disability, Visual Disability, Down Syndrome

Place      : Delhi

Foot on Keyboard

Name      : Ms.RiniBhattacharjee

Age          : 17 years

Disability :Locomotor Disability

Place       : Kolkata

Two Classical Divyang Sisters

Name      : Ms.Kanmony. S, Ms. K. Jyothi

Age          : 18 years

Disability :Locomotor Disability, Visual Disability, Intellectual Disability

Place        : Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Divyang Youth Sings

Name       : Mr MaharshiMandal

Age           : 25 years

Disability : Cerebral Palsy with Left Hemiparesis

Place        : Delhi

Let's Join Meera


Name      : AdarshVidyalaya, National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities  (NIEPVD)

Age           : 13 to 41 years

Disability : Visual Disability

Place        : Dehradun

Ganesh Vandana


Name      : Students from ALPANA Group

Age          : 13 to 41 years

Disability : Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disability

Place        : Delhi

Durga Kills Demon


Name         : Students fromNational Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NIEPID)

Age           : 14 to 18 years

Disability : Intellectual Disability

Place        : Secunderabad

Kathak dancing all the way

Name       : Ms Bulbul Panjre

Age           : 19 years

Disability : Hearing Disability

Place        : Indore


Manipuri Dance

Name     : Ms Daina Devi

Age         : 31 years

Disability : Down Syndrome

Place       : Manipur

Andal Marriage


Name       : Students from Sankalp Learning Center

Age           : 14 to 20 years

Disability : Intellectual Disability and Autism

Place        : Chennai


Sufi Dance on Wheelchair


Name       : Students from Aamad Dance Centre

Age           : 23 to 27 years

Disability :Locomotor Disability

Place        : Delhi

Harvesting in Meghalaya


Name     : Parents Association for Disabled

Age         : 11 to 42 years

Disability : Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disability

Place      : Shillong

Nagas Spinning Cotton


Name      : Indigenous Cultural Society 

Age          : 15 to 22 years

Disability :Locomotor Disability, Hearing Disability, Low Vision

Place       : Dimapur

Enjoy Nepali Folk

Name      : Spastic Society of Sikkim

Age          : 19 to 22 years

Disability : Intellectual  Disability

Place       : Gangtok

Assamese Bihu Dance


Name     :  AshadeepMental Health Society

Age         : 17 to 37 years

Disability : Intellectual  Disability

Place      : Assam

Mizoram Comes Live


Name     : Students fromGilead Special School for the Multi-Handicapped

Age         : 16 to 28 years

Disability : Intellectual  Disability

Place      : Aizwal

Divyang Sports


Name       : Aamad Dance Centre, Delhi State Wheelchair Basketball Association

Age           : 16 to 28 years

Disability :Locomotor Disability

Place        : Delhi

Gujarati Garba Dance

Name     : Blind People's Association

Age         : 16 to 25 years

Disability : Visual Disability, Locomotor Disability

Place      : Ahmadabad


Rajasthan is Here


Name       : BalwantRai Mehta School

Age           : 12 to 20 years

Disability : Specific Learning Disability, Intellectual Disability, Autism,

Place        : Delhi

Lavani Dance on my Knees


Name      : Ms.JuliKar

Age          :  20 years

Disability :Locomotor Disability

Place       : Cuttack

Vishnu@ Shiva Marriage


Name     : AdarshVidyalaya, National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities  (NIEPVD)

Age           : 13 to 41 years

Disability : Visual Disability

Place        : Dehradun

Let's Play Holi Again


Name      : Students fromALPANA Group

Age          : 13 to 41 years

Disability : Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disability

Place       : Delhi

Bhangra Blast


Name      : Amarjyoti Charitable Trust

Age           : 9 to 23 years

Disability :Locomotor Disability, Hearing Disability

Place       : Delhi

Take us not for Granted


Name      : Mr.Munna Malik, Aamad Dance Centre, Abhoy Mission, Tripura

Age           : 13 to 27 years

Disability :Locomotor Disability, Intellectual Disability

Place       : Cuttack, Delhi and Tripura