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Early in the year 2005, I was back home in Nepal after an absence of some two decades. One of the first connections I wanted to establish was with my beloved Deaf But there was the usual language barrier. O yes, it exists in the Deaf World too.

Nepal Deaf use Nepali Deaf language and I was at home with ASL and ISL. So what to do? I went straight to the School for the Deaf, contacted Ramesh Shrestha, the first Nepali Deaf to have completed High School and now a respected teacher. Ramesh agreed to be my private tutor for Nepali Sign Language and after some initial grumbling at having to start from basics, I made the plunge and  there’s been no looking back.

Daily dance classes for the Deaf were organized in my back garden. Ramesh helped identify potential students while I, for the first time in my life, began looking at jazz, hip-hop and ballroom videos, learning steps and teaching them to Deaf enthusiasts. The start, like for almost everything else, was tough but in seven months, a group of 20 was ready with a string of nine performances.

But I  yearned for the professional finesse. I dreamt of someone from Bollywood and opportunity knocked! Manisha Koirala, Bollywood celebrity, was in town and I lost no time. Manisha dropped in for coffee on her way to the airport leaving a lead to her personal dance Guru and choreographer Sandip Soparrkar himself.  

In a short while, Sandip along with his dance partner, Jessy Randhwa were in Nepal. They accepted my invitation and spent a good three weeks with my Deaf Dance group, extending what was requested, the professional finish along with 5 new Ballroom dances.

Now, there’s a strong core of 10 Deaf Dancers and yes, they meet each week at home, in my inhouse studio and are currently preparing for Nepal’s first Deaf Ballroom Dance Without Music show. This will project Nepal Deaf gliding to music they do not hear and effortlessly mastering complex Latin American Dance steps.

What about Sandip Soparrkar? He is connected for life!! Sandip is now the official Dance Guru for my Deaf Dance group, dreaming of dancing our way to glowing horizons in days to come!  Do read what Sandip has to say in his own words ...

But Sandip could not stay on in Katmandu to train the Deaf. The ideal was to have trainers in Nepal and this ideal happened.

Read of the refreshing new windows that opened up in the lives of two high performing Hearing students who became the Sandip Soparrkar Trainers for the Deaf in Nepal.  Read of what they say  in their own words. First, Hearing Sachin Gurung, a final year MBBS student in the Katmandu Medical College. Next, Hearing Sagar Khadga,  a distinction student studying Management in National Campus, Katmandu. 

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What a Woman!
Queenie < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Sarah can make you interested in ANYTHING she does. Shes got the focus with a capital F.What amazes me is your love and compassion which is so rare in this cold world.

All I can say is " What a woman!!!"


Queenie , December 28, 2008
Appreciation
Dear Sarah,

After going through your website....

I don't have words to phrase [of my own] in praise on your website.
So you've have prompted 'ME' a small time Brown Collared Wig Maker to pick
up my pen and write…

By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

The consolation of deaf people is to read, and sometimes to scribble
And the deaf soul struggles, strains forward, to lip-read what it needs to
know, and just look away to ignore or cut-off unpleasant 'gibberish'.

Which un-fortunately 'we' the privileged with our natural ability to hear have to listen grit and bear.

The very deaf, as they are, hear the most astounding things all round them, which have not, in fact, been said.

This enlivens their replies until,
through mishearing; a new level of communication is reached.

Instead of comparing their lot with that of those who are more fortunate
than they are, they should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men.

It then appears that they are among the privileged."
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow."

"While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done."

"It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision."

"The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but
also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker."*

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an
uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."

"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and we learn
whatever state we are in, therein to be content.

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in
nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure."

"People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions.
Conclusions are not always pleasant."

"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy
for the worst of them all - the apathy and in-sensitiveness of human
beings."

"Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an
army of construction!"

"Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the
light."

"You seldom think about your limitations, and they never make yourself sad.

Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers."

"It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If
they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men,
the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui."*

So let what I have written remind you that those who aren't distracted by
the noise that surrounds us may have more insight into the world and the
life within it than we can ever hope to comprehend.
The person who sows a single beautiful thought in the mind of another
renders the world a greater service than that rendered by all the
faultfinders and bickerers combined.

With much love and prayers on your sincere efforts.
Bobby
Bobby , December 29, 2008
This is Munira Aziz. I am hearing Impaired
i would like to inform u that i like to deaf dance without music. I love dance. so let me know that when will i select for deaf dance?
Munira Aziz , January 19, 2009
computer about!
Hi how are u?i am fine here and i hope u are also fine there.i am writing a letter now.i saw we are dancing sweet well.i think wisking to dance'punk.i will going to office computer.i love you.whta do u think?relly u!
sushil bohaju , April 08, 2010
orkut
try this dance for better and the dance my friends of better deaf dance and wow ....i am the deaf dance for sleeping jd india ...
mahesh audichya , August 21, 2011

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