Aside from being fun, puppet shows are an expressive way of building awareness, and changing attitudes. In addition to several events that were held to mark the World Cerebral Palsy Day, a puppet show was also organized in Mumbai. The puppet show aimed at conveying lessons in emotional independence to people with disabilities, and more importantly, their parents.
Parents usually struggle with emotional independence, wanting their children to grow, but fail to relax during the process because they are still young and lack experience. The fears and worriment doubles when your child is living with a disability.
Mumbai-based working professional Jasmina Khanna who has cerebral palsy finds herself in a similar situation. She received a lot of support from her father during her journey to becoming an independent, eloquent woman she is today. Jasmina wants to help other families to encourage their children to achieve the same stage in life. This inspired her to do a puppet show.
The puppet show took place at the Happy Feet Pediatric Centre in Mumbai and the event was chiefly attended by children and adults with cerebral palsy and their families.
Physiotherapist Sanket Khadilkar at whose clinic the show was held said, "The theme was 'Emotional independence for persons with disabilities and their parents' and this was a first for us, sensitizing parents about disability through a puppet show."
Sanket and Jasmina have teamed up to analyze the accessibility in some city wards. The puppet show was based on a story written by filmmaker Satish DeSa, who is also a close friend of Jasmina.
Entitled 'The Broken-Winged Bulbul,' Satish created this story, especially for the puppet show. He drew inspiration from Jasmina and her father. He wanted to convey a message to the children and their parents - "Everybody has the ability to impact the world, even those who are not physically able."
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