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Blind, yet in perfect sync

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:51 -- geeta.nair

“We can’t see the color of our costumes. We can’t see you all. But we can see your expressions through our hearts,” said  Taraka Ramudu one of the dancer among the five visually challenged dancers who gave an extraordinary performance arranged by the Department of Language and Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday evening at Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music and Dance College.

Visually-impaired city cyclist to go on Manali-Khardung La cycle expedition

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:28 -- geeta.nair

In August 2016, Divyanshu Ganatra, a visually-impaired adventure enthusiast set out with a sighted captain to pedal from Manali to Khardung La in the Himalayas, a length of 550 kilometres that the team completed in just eight days. He became the first blind tandem cyclist to accomplish the feat. 

Left to beg on streets of Berlin, ditched by coach, yet Indian para-athlete wins silver in swimming championships

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:45 -- geeta.nair

Kanchanmala Pande, a completely blind para-athlete swimmer from Nagpur, along with five other athletes, was to participate in the Para-Swimming Championships at Berlin from July 3rd to 9th. But she was left in utter misery after the sponsorship money from Sports Authority of India was not released by Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).

With no money for hotel and food expenses, Kanchanmala resorted to begging on the streets of the German capital.

A winner all the way

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:29 -- geeta.nair

Karnataka’s Shekhar Naik, who became the first blind cricketer to be conferred the Padma Shri, talks about the game

The year 2017 has been a momentous year for blind cricket in India. After having won the inaugural T20 World Cup for the Blind title in 2012, India captured the second too, beating Pakistan in the final in early February.

What was also special was the fact that the Indian skipper in 2012, Karnataka’s Shekhar Naik, was awarded the Padma Shri on the eve of the 2017 edition. Naik, now 31 and retired, became the first blind cricketer to be conferred the award.

She proves impossible is nothing

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:21 -- geeta.nair

BENGALURU : She guides the students, steering their movements with the sound of her voice and a gentle push with her hand. They take some time to understand the dance movements. But with a lot of rigorous practice, they learn the nuances of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form.

Dr Raksha Karthik, Bharatanatyam exponent, has been teaching this classical art form to the specially abled and to the visually impaired for the last 10 years.

Get in top gear

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 17:22 -- anoushka.mathew...

This one is both for a cause and fun. If you are free next Sunday (June 18) and love to drive around then drop in with your family at Hotel Fortune Pandiyan to participate in a car rally that is going to be different. You will be in your vehicle and also at the wheel but you will be navigated by a person who cannot see.

A blind cricket academy with a vision

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:48 -- geeta.nair

KOCHI: As he puts his batting gloves on, Sijumon casually explains how he normally travels out of his tribal village in Therakkudy. First, a two-and-half-hour walk through the forest -- a river or two to cross along the way -- as his father accompanies him till Kuttampuzha. Then he depends on infrequent jeep services to reach Pooyamkutty and catches a bus to Kothamangalam and from there to Aluva. All this to play a sport that he dearly loves, cricket.

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