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Vision Aid Fundraiser- A Dazzling Spectacle

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Masala Art)

Each year VisionAID, an organization that works to empower people with low vision hosts a fundraiser where a large contingent of classical dancers come together to create a classy production. 

This year the production was a Broadway style presentation of the Epic Ramayana. Directed and choreographed by Guru Madurai Muralidharan, the spectacular production succeeding in stunning the over 700 member audience. Titled the Iconic Avatar, the dance drama was presented at the Littleton High School Auditorium on Sunday July 24. 

The event opened with a welcome by the President of Vision AID Syed Ali Rizvi.  This was followed by a vote of thanks to all the sponsors by Revathy Ramakrishnan.  Puran Dang, a vision aid supporter was asked to introduce the chief guest, Purnand Sarma. Sarma effectively articulated the impact of the work done by Vision AID. 

The event kicked off with an introduction to the Ramayana by Ranjani Saigal. Following that audience was transported to a time of ideals where a valorous prince gives up his kingdom to his brother at the request of his step mother. 

The magnificence of the epic Ramayana is such that any time it is presented it touches the soul. In the hands of choreographer Guru Muralidharan one could get a feel for ancient India when Vanaras could fly across the ocean. Using wonderful music well synchronized dance moves and amazing props and animated backdrops  the various scenes of the epic Ramayana were brought to life. 

Each performer played their role perfectly. This is no small compliment considering that there were over 60 performers ranging in age from 5 to over 60. Men, women and children were part of the production.  The standing ovation at the end said it all. 

It is a indeed an monumental task to coordinate this large a team and kudos to the producers and local teachers Suja Meyyappan, Jeyanthi Ghatraju, Sripriya Moorthy, Thenu Rajan, Mari Shakthi, Sangeeta and others who worked hard to train the young students and groom them. 

VisionAID raised over $35,000 in the fundraiser. The monies will be put to great use.  Congratulations VisionAID. 

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