It is a well-known fact, that the disabled people though in minority compared to other vulnerable sections of the Indian society, is the most neglected section both by the government and by the society itself. Disability is only a state of mind and changes do not happen in one day, it takes years for a society to accept and strive for a change and again years to see a visible change. With world becoming one, for all social causes and demanding justice and equality for all becoming a fundamental right, we think that disability has now become an old version of being and in current times our society has recognized disabled person as specially abled person (SAP).
SAPs have abilities in so many special ways and they have proven it and it’s a known fact that specially abled are no less in any which way. With a vision of equality and dignity for SAPs in mind, few ordinary artists from different backgrounds joined hands and by supporting each other, strengthening each other’s weaknesses, they created this group called “Offbeat Carnival”. This group plans to provide performance platforms to unveil the unexplored magical talent of SAPs. Our annual events will provide SAPs an opportunity to show to the world that they are no less and they along with their families have equal rights to celebrate life and music, dance, art, sports, handicrafts and many other forms of talents.
Like all other fields where SAPs have performed with glory internationally, the organizers have a vision that they can also outshine in the field of ghazal singing too. This year Offbeat Carnival is organizing an event called ‘Parwaz-e-Ghazal’ which is a first of its kind ghazal competition for and by SAPs.
”Hearts that beat to the tune of kindness can change the rhythm of the world.C.J Peterson
”The Smallest Deed Is Better Than The Greatest IntentionJohn Burroughs
Despite the obstacles, Ankur became enrapt with music. His assiduity has now made him the Visharad in Hindustani Classical Vocals. He co-founded the Golden Shine Cultural Welfare Society, with an objective to bring up the hidden talent of the less privileged children & students of Economically Weaker Sections(EWS). Javed Akhtar Saheb and other Ustads have praised his vocals and he has been empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India as a Bollywood Singer.
Over the years, he has been working towards the comprehensive development of the underprivileged and those sections of the society which are often overlooked intentionally or unintentionally.
Pooja has a vision and mission to serve the specially abled by recognizing their talents in different fields and providing them platform to stand tall with dignity and equality. She believes in creating an inclusive society by providing opportunities for differently abled to pursue their passions in varied fields and get exposed to the world.
MIC believes that autistic people or people with other disabilities as well as population below the poverty line are capable and truly deserving of learning whatever they wish to and gain proper training to take their talents to the next level. Therefore, with a proper strategy and organized approach, they have come up with an unequivocally systematic learning plan for the SAPs and for those who can’t make ends meet but live with big musical dreams.