Disabled and slum-dwelling individuals in Kolkata are often isolated and not accepted by mainstream society. Empower the Children helps change people’s perception of these two groups.
An inspiring evening of entertainment is jointly performed by Preyrona School and the physically and mentally challenged residents from Prabartak Home. This theatrical event has become known as “Celebration of Diversity.” It was initiated in 2006 with the performance of “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.” Thanks to its success, “Celebration of Diversity” has become an annual event.
In 2007 they performed the “Magic Mirror” — a dramatization of the classic poem written by India’s first Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. The following year the students enacted “Samannya Khoti,” a morality tale by Tagore, as well as “Sakuntala,” a love story by Kalidasa. Then, in 2009, the groups presented two dramas “Patalprui-Aranter Rupkatha” and “Nal-Damayanty.” And for the first time, in 2010, the participants were challenged to perform a comedy, two mimes as well as a classical Indian dance.
Empower the Children engages the imagination and talents of disadvantaged individuals of all ages — providing them with venues that allow them to take pride in their accomplishments.