Learning cultural skills such as singing, dancing, playing instruments etc., will not only give an opportunity for children belonging to marginalized sections to bring out their hidden talents but also getting a feeling of equality with others. They are enacting the role of various Gods, Goddesses, kings and queens which were once confined to children of privileged sections.
RYDT believes that education doesn’t mean only studies but should be holistic covering sports and cultural activities. Across years children from Ananthapuramu and Kurnool districts have participated in various cultural festivals not only at Mandal and District level but also at State and National level and won many prizes and awards.
Highlights of Cultural Sector-2014-15:
- 118-Special Cultural Schools are running, each providing intensive cultural training to an average of 35-40 children
- 8-literate women were trained in make-up under the guidance of Dr.R.Harischandra, a professor in Central University, Hyderabad. A total of 21 women were so far trained upto the end of March 2015 in make-up and they would soon become professional make-up artistes.
- Children trained by RDT took part in ALL India NAVARASA NATYA KALA ROOPALA Competitions organized by KALA NILAYAM at CHILAKALURIPETA in GUNTUR in the month of May 2014 and won two first prizes, one third price and one consolation prize in dancing and first and second prizes in singing.
- SRUJANA Cultural Festival was conducted for children with cerebral palsy, children with visual disability, physical disability, mental disability and speech & hearing disability during May 2014. Competition was in various cultural events including group rhymes, mimicry, orchestra, mono action, solo mime, group mime and magic.
- 618 cultural performances to create awareness among people on various social, health specially STD/HIV/AIDS, immunization and institutional deliveries and developmental issues
- A short feature film on SPANDINCHU-SAAYAM ANDHINCHU (Let your hearts move and hands help) enacted by children was produced with a view to sensitizing people to shoulder social responsibility by maintaining SEVA HUNDIS as part of India for India Program.
- Youth in 33 villages who were trained in RAM LAKHAN Drums acquired an income generating cultural skills that contributed for getting seasonal employment, achieving upward occupational mobility, attaining artiste status and enhancing their socio-economic status.
- 5 staff members representing the organization including one lady with hearing disability are registered magicians with the All India Magicians Association.
- 4720 children hailing from 118 villages who were trained in various cultural events took part in various private and public functions including the functions conducted at the organizational level.