For 16 weeks, the children at Taarana school could barely sit still with all the excitement around them as the school teachers prepared the students for their 2019 concert.
The children who are primarily on the autism spectrum were being specially prepared for public performances. The teachers had to ensure that the children understand the process, the people and the environment when they perform on stage.
The teachers’ efforts paid off well.
The 38 special children captured the hearts of their parents and spectators as they danced and performed yoga on stage at the concert. The concert was a success as the children overcame their initial shyness and went on to prove to the world that nothing could stop them from conquering their fears.
The children were decked in colorful clothes and shiny shoes to match the concert’s theme which was ‘Back to the Classics’. The concert ended at noon.
The entire show was compered by Assistant Teacher Kamini, who was herself born with down’s syndrome. The concert was held on November 16, 2019 at the main auditorium of the Education Faculty, University Malaya.
Taarana, established by RYTHM Foundation is the brainchild of Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran, who is also the Chairperson of the Foundation.
“We are grateful for the sacrifice and dedication of the teachers and volunteers who helped create an inviting and safe space for the children to express themselves through so much creativity. It is our aim at Taarana to unlock the hidden ability in every one of our students and help them discover what they are capable of,” said Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran.
QI Group Executive Chairman, Dato’ Sri Vijay Eswaran, who was also present at the concert, paid tribute to the unstinting efforts and dedication of all those who have supported Taarana’s endeavors, especially the teachers for their persistence and perseverance.
“We must do our best to understand and nurture these children. In fact, there is a lot that we can learn from them. They find joy in the simplest things and they are not afraid to be different. I would also like to thank the teachers and volunteers for their dedication, commitment and patience in ensuring these children receive the best at Taarana,” he said.