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Video: Anandwan’s Shakuntala – The Girl with the Perpetual Smile

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“Give them a chance, not charity.” – Baba Amte

This is Shakuntala – the girl with the perpetual smile on her face – who lives in Anandwan. She is a victim of cerebral palsy by birth and cannot talk, walk or use her hands. Yet she will bring a tear in your eye when you see her beautifully threaded greeting card that she stitches using only her toes.

The always smiling Shakuntala

The always smiling Shakuntala

Here is a video of Shakuntala chatting with Mr. Pramod Bakshi, Guest Co-ordinator at Anandwan, and stitching a card with her feet at the same time.

Anandwan: A Journey from Stone to Milestone to Milestone (Part 1)

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A detailed essay from my second visit to Anandwan. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Social Enterprise Entrepreneur and Scientist, Dr. Vikas Amte, and learn about the Green and Industrial Revolutions that he has brought about in Anandwan … a journey that Dr. Amte says goes from “stone to milestone to milestone.”

Click for: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

A picture of Baba Amte with his wife, Sadhana Tai Amte

A picture of Baba Amte with his wife, Sadhana Tai Amte

Baba Amte's philosophy in words...

Baba Amte’s philosophy in words…

Adarsh Society: Anandwan

At a time when the Adarsh Society housing scam in Mumbai was making headline news, Dr. Vikas Amte, the elder son of Baba Amte, jokingly said that Anandwan is “Adarsh Society” (Adarsh means Ideal). Dr. Amte said there is “no beggar, no rape, no police station and no crime” in Anandwan, a co-operative village located in the dry Vidharbha region of Maharashtra state. However, it is the things that Anandwan does have that make it so endearing. Anandwan really is Adarsh Society that showcases the best of human potential and can inspire even the most casual of visitors.

Video: Anandwan’s Swaranandwan Musical Orchestra

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Swaranandwan – Anandwan’s Musical Orchestra – consists primarily of disabled or “differently-abled” people that include leprosy-afflicted, blind, deaf, mute and physically-challenged. The third generation at Anandwan, who are educated and perfectly normal, are also part of the orchestra; they are the grandchildren of the first generation of leprosy-afflicted people who were married at Anandwan.

Dr. Vikas Amte calls it “Therapeutic Theatre” since both, dancing and music, are therapeutic for the soul. It was started by Dr. Amte as an outlet for what he called “untapped human potential”.

Over 100 talented individuals are part of the orchestra whose talents were recognized and harnessed at Anandwan by Dr. Amte.

Over 100 talented individuals are part of the orchestra whose talents were recognized and harnessed at Anandwan by Dr. Amte.

Below are a few videos from the sold-out Swaranandwan program that I thoroughly enjoyed watching at Thane’s Gadkari Rangayatan on November 4th, 2012. The program was emceed by Mr. Ravindra Nalgintwar.