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. It seems only natural to give when given the opportunity.

Once inside the school, several speeches were given. I was bestowed with flowers and a gorgeous gift. It was, again, too much, but that is the culture. They are so giving. I couldn’t help but ask myself over and over again: “but did I really give enough in the way of a theatre director?” I think for a first go round, perhaps I did. The students later told me that they had felt very challenged. It was their first time memorizing lines in English and delivering them as a character. We had to jump through some hurdles, but by the time I left, they had jumped high and clear of any obstacles.

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We were blessed with two wonderful choreographers for this production. Without them, my overall vision could not have been realized. 

Pictured here is Amrutha with Manasa.

Thank you Amrutha & Kusum for your diligence and focus. 




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Staging an adaptation of “The Lake in the Moon,” sans the planned projections and chosen costumes.

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This is the Always Smiling Ashok! He claims to be a vegetarian but “loves” chicken; plays music by ear, has “500 girlfriends” and likes the topic: The Boston Tea Party…and that is just the tip of the iceberg!

 

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