BENGALURU: Bengaluru-based Miracle on Wheels, an inclusive dance company, has introduced India’s first professional wheelchair dance training for the differently-abled. Mahiraa Jaan, founder, will train wheelchair-bound people in Bharatanatyam with assistance of Ashiq, a professional wheelchair bharatanatyam dancer/teacher.
Mahiraa Jaan says, “The enthusiasm of students such as Ashiq made us to venture into helping other aspirers to excel in professional dancing and thus, we began the training courses.” Apart from dance, Ashiq, who was affected by polio, is also professionally trained in film and sound editing.
“Ashiq will be an asset to Miracle on Wheels as he has imbibed the art with preciseness and he does not break the rules of the Natyashastra,” she says. Ashiq has been appreciated by dance legends such as Vijayanti Mala, Dr Maya Rao, Amir Khan, Hritik Roshan, Prabhu Deva and M S Dhoni. He also has performed in Malaysia, Italy, Muscat, Bahrain and across India for television and stage shows.
The first batch of the one-year dilpoma programme will begin on August 1 with 25 students. The certificate course is for differently-abled people above 10 years of age. It is free of cost and will be held thrice a week. Each session is three hours long. The students will also get a chance to explore the possibility of performing on stage shows and showcasing their talent. Interested candidates can e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org their details before July 25.