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Video: Anandwan’s Swaranandwan Musical Orchestra

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SubscribeFiled Under: India, Videos,by Neeraj

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.

Video: Uruguayan Rock-star Playing Indian Sitar in Mexico City

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SubscribeFiled Under: Mexico, Videos,by Bhakti and Neeraj

This is a video of a musician (from Uruguay) we came across in the Zocalo area of Mexico City (Distrito Federal), Mexico. Even at around midnight, the Zocalo was buzzing with people and activity probably because of all the Christmas (Navidad) and upcoming New Year’s celebrations.

Video: Canals of Xochimilco (Mexico City)

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SubscribeFiled Under: Mexico, Videos,by Bhakti and Neeraj

The video below is of the famous canals of Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Xochimilco is a borough of Mexico City (Distrito Federal). Tourists board the colorful gondola-type boats locally known as trajineras for a tour of the ancient canals.