27 January, 2021

Her message for the disabled: there's more to life than self-pity

Her message for the disabled: there's more to life than self-pity
Life, they say, is a theatre where each one of us plays our part. Mostly, one role can't be distinguished from another, but, at times, there come along individuals who break the mould. Like Patna's Noor Fatima for whom theatre is her lifeline—she strives to rekindle faith in the lives of hundreds of uncared-for, physically challenged children. Says this veteran stage personality: "Theatre helps me extend help, opportunity and a scope to interact with hundreds of deaf, dumb, blind and mentally weak children of our society. It makes my work easier to convince them that there is much more to life than self-pity." The stage thus is Fatima's karmabhoomi, where, through her plays, she tries to educate differently-abled children the virtues of education, hygiene etc, among many other things, in her effort to make them counted in the society as equals.

Fatima still remembers the day when she met Dr Ajith Sinha, a renowned eye-specialist and a social worker, who introduced her to this concept of educating handicapped children through theatre. That was eight years ago. Says she:...


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