Recently, Sahayika – a non-profit organisation, established in 1986 by Mrs Kalpana Bezboruah, who is also the Founder President – under the guidance of Principal Ipsita Sharma, presented a play to a packed hall of Rabindra Bhavan in Guwahati, Assam.
‘Lotokon’ was produced by the versatile and brilliant Rajiv Kumar Saud, who is an actor, a director and a trainer for specially-abled children at Actor and Child Direction. It was refreshing to see the open-minded audience, especially in such times, when the NE region is undergoing huge development. Such initiatives bring great pride. People should be made aware of such events for experts in the field art, culture, dramatics and others, and come forward to notice and lend a helping hand.
Children who acted in the play were trained in a 20-day workshop organised by Sangeet Natak Academy (New Delhi) and Sachitraputhi Sanaskritic Gosthi.
Sahayika’s mission has been to provide or largely impart education or vocational training to youth under 18 with ‘special abilities’. Its vision is to provide lives of dignity to those who at one point in our society were ostracised, ignored and thought to be a burden.