Source: The Hindu; Author: Anjana Rajan; Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

“We are very excited, because till now we didn’t have a place of our own,” says Alpana Nayak, Odissi dancer and founder of a non-governmental organisation called Association for Learning Performing Arts and Normative Action — whose acronym fits neatly as ALPANA. She is talking about the vocational training centre that opened on June 1 at the Basti Vikas Kendra, Kalyanpuri, in East Delhi. Here Alpana plans to make skill training in carry bag and candle making, clay modelling and appliqué work, besides music and dance, available to people with special needs. Alpana, known for teaching Odissi and group dance to special children, came into this field on an incidental note in 2003.

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Alpana Nayak. Photo: Special Arrangement