Dance education to differently abled children of SPJ Sadhana School 
- Mayuri Upadhya, Bangalore

April 23, 2009 

For every human being there is at least one amazing, unforgettable life transforming moment. I recognized it, cherished it.
What was it???

Teaching dance to differently abled children of SPJ Sadhana School, Mumbai...leading to the presentation of the same at NCPA (National Centre of Performing Arts) on March 6. This was a special event, undoubtedly, aimed at creating greater awareness, for the cause of the differently abled. 

SPJ, this special school deals with challenges as a condition rather than a disorder. This 34 year old institution has an understanding of effective methods of handling the fragile behaviors of mentally challenged children and most importantly make them self reliant in our society.

In education, a teacher is a person who educates others. Hmmmm....In my latest episode..... I'd say, I donít know who learnt more?

Teaching dance to kids is quite a task. In simple words I'd describe it as unexplainable, unpredictable and complicated. So after several attempts at explicating the inexplicable, predicting the unpredictable and simplifying....I achieved what I'd set out to do. Get a happy, approving smile from my newfound friends.

I wanted to relive it; every bit was worth it! For most dancers/choreographers... If you get an opportunity like this today, just grab it. It may never come back.  

Mayuri Upadhya is the Artistic Director of Bangalore based contemporary dance company Nritarutya.