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Ability of the disabled

To increase the understanding of issues related to people with disabilities and to upgrade their dignity, rights and well being, every year the world celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.

Scenes from the play

To celebrate this day a street drama was presented by the Thidora Theatre which is dedicated to facilitate the people with different types of disabilities.

The play is called Seetin, Sootin and Martin. Almost 20 people with different disabilities have taken part in the play. The play was presented at the national ceremony organized by the Social Services Ministry to celebrate the day in Kalawewa. The play is produced by the Thidora Theatre, script written by Rohana Deva, and directed by Ramani Damayanthi. Low country dancing was trained by Karunadasa Olaboduwa. There are two normal artists: Premakumara Karunaratne and Premajayantha Kapuge.

There are mentally and physically disabled children and adults as well. The main visually disabled actor is A G Luxman who performed really well. The main actress with hearing impairment is Sachini Ruwanthika, whose performance was excellent. Physically disabled actress on the wheelchair is Siththy Fareeda.

The drama was really interesting that there is a hidden meaning as well. It indirectly highlights the urgent necessities of disabled people in Sri Lanka and it suggests simple solutions which cost low. The performance of those with disabilities was incredibly excellent that they acted like professional actors and actresses. Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim actors and actresses too acted in the play.

All the disabled actors and actresses are students of Thidora Theatre. Thidora provides them a real good approach to aesthetic activities through which they improve their communication skills, thinking ability and other abilities. They highly involve in music, dance and drama to improve their abilities.

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