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At 'Yes I can,' an event organised by Rotary Club of Nagpur Ishanya at Deshpande hall in Nagpur, differently abled students of Ability Unlimited Foundation (AUF) performed various dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Sufi and Shiva Tandav. The wheelchair whirling on Sufi songs and the dance postures by these differently abled youngsters left the audience awestruck. It was unbelievable to see boys on wheelchairs and crutches dance flawlessly, and the deaf girls matching their Bharatanatyam moves perfectly with the beats. The founder of AUF, Guru Syed Sallauddin Pasha, who has been teaching dance to these students for past 15 years, said, "For the first time when I saw wheelchairs, I saw it as Lord Krishna's rath. I believe everyone can dance if they want to. I never discriminate between people on the basis of religion. Whenever my mom asked me to read Quran, I read Hindu shlokas along with Quran because I believe hum sab ka Bhagwan ek hai!"
Photos by: Darshan Bagwe