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Sunshine Story: A Navratri celebration for the deaf in Mumbai

Updated on: 02 October,2014 09:31 AM IST  | 
Maleeva Rebello |

At Borivali’s Mayfair Banquets, on Friday, more than 200 deaf people from around the country will gather to celebrate Dussehra with garba and dandiya

Sunshine Story: A Navratri celebration for the deaf in Mumbai

Members of Navratri Navyuvak Mandal practice their moves at a celebration in Borivali


At Borivali’s Mayfair Banquets, on Friday, more than 200 deaf people from around the country will gather to celebrate Dussehra with garba and dandiya. The Navratri Navyuvak Mandal will celebrate the 23rd year of the programme has dancing and a best dressed competition, as well.

DANCE ALONG: Members of Navratri Navyuvak Mandal practice their moves at a celebration in Borivali. Pics/Nimesh Dave
DANCE ALONG: Members of Navratri Navyuvak Mandal practice their moves at a celebration in Borivali. Pics/Nimesh Dave




World of our own
The idea to start a Navratri celebration for the deaf came to Rajesh Vora who is deaf too, in 1992. He explains through his son Ronak who interprets for him, “I used to attend Navratri held in my building, but I always felt out of place. It was very uncomfortable to dance slow and not understand the beat. People would laugh and stare at me, which hurt my feelings. I thought that having a special Navratri for people like me, would help us avoid feeling awkward.”



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