Special Care Centre children display talent on annual day

ABU DHABI - Students of the Indian Ladies Association's (ILA) Special Care Centre (SCC) gave a fiesty and spirited performance on Friday on the occasion of their 14th Annual Day at the Shaikh Zayed Auditorium of the Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS).

By Anupama V. Chand

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Published: Sun 4 May 2003, 12:41 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:58 PM

The children, who defied their mental and physical disabilities with a well-rehearsed show had been working hard over the last two months to coordinate their skills, develop self-confidence and learn team work, according to Nisha Thomas, SCC head mistress.

The 90-minute programme, "Carnival Special 2003," was woven around the popular story Aladdin and Jasmine, with many "stop-overs" which included 'Venga Bus', the 'Rock Ten Band', the 'pom-pom dance,' a magic show by exuberant Venkatesh, the mask dance, the evergreen children's favourite 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' and a clown show .

The high point came when popular Bollywood film star, Sunil Shetty made a surprise appearance on stage, and also delivered an impromptu speech, where he lauded the efforts made by the SCC children to overcome their disabilities, and make a life for themselves. "There is so much talent out here, that Bollywood is in big trouble!" the actor joked after meeting some of the young performers, to a thunderous round of applause from parents, students and the SCC staff.

The welcome speech was given by Vinu Singh, ILA president, with Indian Ambassador K. C. Singh presiding over the function as chief guest.

Also present were B. R. Shetty, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ADIS, members of the ILA and SCC. Viji Ramesh of the SCC proposed a vote of thanks.

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