[AI] Antarchakshu at Malhar 2007

Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged, St. Xavier's College xrcvc at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 23 07:19:20 EDT 2007

Dear Friends,

This is to share with all of you, that the XRCVC conducted an awareness 
event, “Antarchakshu’ at Malhar 2007", the intercollegiate festival at St. 
Xavier’s college. The two day event held on 14th and 15th Aug aimed at 
sensitizing participants through a series of simulation exercises and games 
on the lives of the visually challenged. The event also carried the ‘Beyond 
Sight’ photography exhibition by Mr. Partho Bhowmick displaying photographs 
taken by visually challenged persons

The event was a tremendous success this year, with over 550 participants who 
gave us really good feedback.

If any of you are interested in having this event being repeated in other 
locations do let us know, we have found this to be a very effective way to 
create awareness on lives of the visually challenged persons in the sighted 

There was good media coverage which added more awareness to public with 
photographs from the event and many write up in different online and print 
newspapers.  Here is one write up which was published in Times of India.

Ref: Times of India, Times City. Page 8
Malhar off to a flyer with song and dance

Sukhada Tatke & Derek Abraham | TNN

Mumbai: Amid thunderous applause and cheer, Malhar-2007 began on the eve of 
the 60th year of Independence at St Xavier’s College.Chairperson Arjun Naik 
sounded confident about the event’s success. “As always, Malhar is doing 
something different,’’ he said. “I hope our new events become hallmarks and 
are carried forward.”

   In line with the theme of ‘time’ this year, the Indian performing arts 
department organised ‘Aaja Nach Le’, an open air dance competition. It’s 
theme was the transition of time, from the good old black and white 
Bollywood era to the cinema of colour.

   Performed within a circle, the dancers created a sense of nostalgia with 
songs like ‘Paach Rupaiya’ and ‘Aaja Aaja’ gradually moving to the new 
‘Kisna Hai’.

   Within the four walls of the classroom upstairs, musiclovers were treated 
to ‘Habeas Chorus’, a singing event in which a group was judged sheerly for 
its voices without musical notes for company.

   Six teams made it to the final after closely-fought elimination rounds. 
With more than one version of the ‘Eye of the Tiger’, it was a majestic 
roar. A nervous Jai Hind participant said she and her teammates used to 
practise for long hours for this event. “Participation is more than 
important,’’ she says. “But, of course, we are here to win.”

   While music was being heard on one floor, another group of participants 
took part in the JAM competition called ‘Cacophonix’. Ranging from 
objections from slurs to stutters, from time-wasting techniques to fumbling 
and pauses, the students were there to get at each other.

   The visually-challenged students of the college organised an event called 
‘Antar-Chakshu’. A path was created and the participants were blindfolded 
and were given a staff. They were asked to move to the sounds of claps. “We 
wanted to show people what a daily life of a visually challenged person 
is,’’ says Rahul More, student of FYBA.

   The session ended with the amateur night. “It is only a performing round 
and not a competition,’’ said Shruti Raghavendran, FYBA.

   So what are you waiting for? Rock at Malhar.

End of message.

Prashant Naik
Training & Development Officer

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