Monthly Archives: August 2014

Independence Day, India & final wrap up

Samarthanam School for the Disabled, Primary School, Bangalore India. Founder: Mr. Mahantesh, G.K.  Mr. Mahantesh, G.K. is a role model for humanity. HIs commitment to educating and empowering India’s easily overlooked is nothing short of astonishing. He has built a very dedicated and compassionate team; I am extremely grateful for my experience with this unique organization. Independence Day! I was greeted by the wonderful group of children as an honorary guest on India’s Independence Day.  It was rather overwhelming, the outpour of appreciation. In my mind, I had not done anything unique, the only difference is that, I am able.…

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Day 11: The Samarthanam Project

  The theatre project has not been without its challenges. Mostly, having to stop rehearsal when there is a down pour because we rehearse on a covered terrace; however, with the strong winds the musical equipment stands the chance of getting wet. Our musicians, John and Ashok, both of whom are blind won’t take any chances and start packing up things straight away! Other times, it might be a temporary power outage or a key member of the cast wandering off because they have gotten bored…at the end of the day, though, Kusum & I generally have a good laugh about…

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Day 6: Samarthanam Theatrical Project in India

The project, collaborating with the Samarthanam School for the Disabled, has been fairly exhausting and at the same time, exhilarating. The humor and compassion is unlike any experience I have ever known. The truth is that the world of theatre can be very cold and callous; not warm and fuzzy as often perceived by outsiders. It is hard work if you truly care about the outcome and not everyone is always up for that standard. Here, though, these students work tirelessly, without complaint, though at times their attention span drifts and it’s work to keep them focused; but when they…

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First day at Samarthanam School for the Disabled, Bangalore, India

Writing rather quickly as I am dead tired after a 24-hour travel schedule. The surreal, deep pink sunrise seen from the airplane ascend from a sea of black was one of the most spectacular things of nature I have ever seen. I wish I had a photo. It will remain etched in my brain forever. Fast forward.   Now in Bangalore and today was my first day at the school. Very intense, seeing the surroundings-urban and disarray-pretty much what you can imagine, but, once inside this humble dwelling; there is hope, optimism and talent.   To the point, rehearsed two…

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