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Vision Aid Presents “Krishna”, A Feast For Your Eyes

Anu Chitrapu

Click to Buy tickets (www.visionaid.org/krishna)

Watch a sample video of the performance originally done in India.

Dancers Ranjani Saigal, Jeyanthi Ghatraju, Poornima Risbud, Poornima Surya, Sangita Raghunathan, Sujatha Meyappan,Vyjeyanthi Prasad,  Mangai Gopalan, Hema Iyengar, Sharayu Mahale, Ananya Mahalingam Dhingra, Abirami Manian,  Pallavi Nagesha, Anirudh Nagesha, Ira Padhye, Amudha Pazhanisamy, Harini Rajashekar, Rangapriya Rajashekar, Indra Rajashekar, Kruti Ravalya and Shachi Risbud have come together under the direction of a grand master from India to create a wonderful dance ballet - Krishna.

If you attended Vision Aid’s annual event, Ramayana, last year, you know you can expect nothing short of a spellbinding Krishna this year. The phenomenal success of Ramayana helped Vision Aid, not only to cater to more people suffering from low vision from their Vishakapatnam center, it actually provided enough funds from them to open a second center in India in the city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

In the last year, Vision Aid has had several success stories, from winning awards and accolades to being featured on Indian television as an organization that has brought about change in the lives of the visually challenged. But no success is as noteworthy as the story of Shakuntala, a cheerful little girl living in Andhra Pradesh. Shakuntala was born with vision in only one eye – that too partial. With the help of optical devices provided by Vision Aid, Shakuntala now has reasonably good vision in one eye. With the training provided by Vision Aid, Shakuntala is now able to read letters. A big achievement is she is now able to copy letters and numbers from a book onto a slate!

In order to help as many people that come to their centers, it is important for Vision Aid to keep their costs minimal. This means the sophisticated, expensive optical devices of the west are unaffordable.  This was what drove the Vision Aid team in India to come up with their award winning innovation – the camera mouse. The camera mouse allows the user to magnify selected portions of the computer screen and costs <20% of what it costs to buy a similar product in developed countries. This amazing product won a spot on the “Top 60 Innovations of Independent India”.

With the proceeds from this year’s event Vision Aid plans to expand the services offered at their new Jodhpur center, where demand for their services far exceeds the supply.

Krishna promises to be a feast for the eyes. Over 20 performers, comprising of both dance teachers and their senior students, are spending several hours practicing to perfection, to bring to life the stories of the Lord Krishna, through the dance form of Bharatanatyam.

This event will be help on July 18th, 2009 at the Sorenson Theater in Babson College. Tickets are available at www.visionaid.org/krishna. For more information on the event or to find out how you can help Vision Aid achieve its dream send an email to anu@visionaid.org.

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