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Anandwan: A Journey from Stone to Milestone to Milestone (Part 3)

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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

Swaranandwan (Orchestra) – “Anandwan Tumchya Dwari” (Anandwan at your Doorstep)

Have you ever seen a troupe of young boys and girls dancing with perfect synchronization to a Bollywood tune? I’m sure you have – we all have; But how about with the caveat that they are all blind or deaf and mute? That’s Anandwan’s Swaranandwan musical (and magical) orchestra, which Dr. Amte calls “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”.

Swaranandwan's practice hall

Swaranandwan’s practice hall

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.