Vision-Aid’s “Invincible Spear – the legend of Skanda” set to rock Boston, raising funds for the visually Impaired on July 21

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LITTLETON, MA–Vision-Aid, a Lexington based non-profit serving the visually disadvantaged, will host its annual show on Sunday, July 21st, 2019, in Littleton, MA.  This year’s event is entitled “Invincible Spear – the legend of Skanda”.  It will help Vision-Aid raise funds to support at ten locations in India and start a new center in Delhi.

The Production

Following in the footsteps of 11 brilliant sold-out productions, Vision-Aid’s " Invincible Spear – the legend of Skanda" – is a remarkable Broadway-style mega dance production with an animation and backdrops, fascinating storyline, graceful dances accompanied by melodious music,bringing to life the story of the Skanda – the valiant son of  Shiva and Parvati.

It traces the story of his life from birth to his youth when he slays the evil demon Soorapadman with the Invincible Spear (“Vel”) from his mother, bringing peace to the world and also his marriage to Valli. The show highlights many unique aspects of this timeless Indian epic in a rich and vibrant choreography, produced by renown choreographer Madurai R. Muralidaran, ably assisted by the best dance talent in the Greater Boston area.

Tickets are available at www.visionaid.org/event

The Producer

English subtitles and narration will make the show accessible to all. The concept and choreography for this production is by Madurai R. Muralidaran of Chennai, India, a renowned dance choreographer who has won critical acclaim for his creations in Bharatanatyam. He has over 300 compositions to his credit, including his most recent Boston productions, “Golden Armor, Golden Heart – The inspiring story of Karna” (2018) , “Charmer, Warrior, Guide” (2017), The Iconic Avatar (2016), The Dancer's Pledge (2014), Slaying of the Demons (2012), Justice of the Anklet (2010), and Krishna (2009).

The Artistic Directors

The producer is ably supported by Artistic Directors Kalpana Balachundhur, Jeyanthi Ghatraju, Hema Iyengar, Sripriya Natarajan Moorthy and Thenu Rajan as well as seasoned dancers like Shilpa Narayanan, Neha Pillai and Ananya Venkatesan who have presented many unique productions.

The co-producers are joined by over 50 amazing dancers from the Greater Boston area.

The Vision-Aid team

The Vision-Aid team comprising of Chair Puran Dang, President Syed Ali Rizvi, Founder Ramakrishna Raju, VP & Co-Founder Revathy Ramakrishna, Treasurer Sudhir Varma and board members Nirmala Garimella, Paramesh Garimella, Dr. Bharti Nihalani, Ujwala Phene, Aparna Raghuram, Ravi Rastogi, Rita Vachani, and Santosh Vempala, Advisory Board members including Dr. Deeba Husain, Ram Gupta, Veena Handa and others, along with a large and growing team of volunteers who run its various programs here and in India.

How the funds will be used

Vision-Aid’s mission is to enable, educate and empower the visually impaired to live with independence and dignity. It currently offers services and innovative assistive technology and devices to blind and low vision persons in ten different locations in India and provides comprehensive skills training programs through its Online Academy to visually impaired from all over India. Vision-Aid hopes to raise enough funds from this year’s annual event to not only sustain existing programs, but to expand the existing programs to new locations (including Delhi and surrounding areas) and adding new services including training programs in Accessibility Testing for the visually impaired. In addition, Vision-Aid is expanding its very successful program to teach programming skills and spoken English skills, to the visually impaired to meet the growing demand for this innovative new program, organizing hackathons for the visually impaired, conferences focusing on Assistive Technology and Accessibility and more.

For more information about Vision-Aid or its upcoming annual event in July, please visit www.VisionAid.org .

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