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Friday, April 18, 2008

Doing their bit for the mentally challenged

Leading music artistes will come on stage for a noble cause at the Dr T M A Pai International Convention Centre here on Sunday. They will perform to raise funds for Saanidhya, a residential school and training centre for the mentally challenged at Kandettu, Bikkarnakatta. The highlight of the programme will be a performance by differently abled children prior to the show by the artistes.

Former corporator Mahabala Marla, who is president of Shree Ganesha Seva Trust for Exceptional Persons, which manages Saanidhya, told presspersons here on Wednesday that entry to the event is by invitation. A committee comprising philanthropists has been formed to raise funds for the building, which is estimated to cost Rs 2.5 crore.

The trust has so far raised a fraction of the amount needed, he said.
President of the committee A Sadananda Shetty said Saanidhya had completed five years of service to the needy. Inmates of Saanidhya, who are in the age group of 4 to 35 years, are presently housed in two large rented houses. The trust has all along felt the need for independent building with all training facilities for these differently abled people, he said and added the fund raiser titled Spandana 2008 is a step in this direction.

While artistes, including Gurukiran and Naushad and party from Shades music group will perform at the charity show, Shetty said a dance and a drama “Asuye” to be performed by inmates of Saanidhya is expected to be the event to look out for.

Tara Labhadaya from Mumbai, mother of Shankar Rao, one of the trustees will inaugurate Spandana 2008 by lighting the lamp. There will be no stage function, he added.

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