ADGT to help Divyangyans to gain social recognition

ITANAGAR, Aug 08: Many Divyangyans or persons with special abilities (PwSAs) in Arunachal Pradesh are highly talented but feel shy and mostly remain indoors for which Arunachal Divyangyan Got Talent (ADGT) has been conceived as a platform for them to showcase their talents.

Upper Subansiri unit All Arunachal Pradesh Divyangyan Youth Welfare Society woman president Yalar Liruk told this daily on Thursday, adding she had accompanied chairman Tallam Taka, secretary (art & culture) Godak Tailong and coordinator Yama Taksing to call on Union MoS (independent charge) for Youth and Sports Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Lok Sabha member Tapir Gao during a recent meeting in New Delhi. They both admitting about large number of hidden talents had stressed the need for a platform for their exposure and assured all possible supports.

Hidden talents of Arunachal Pradesh was exposed to rest of India with drummer Teji Toko, judged by actresses Kirron Kher, Sonali Bendre and director Sajid Khan winning 2nd runners-up position in 2nd season of India’s Got Talent Khoj on 03.10.10. Eleven-year-old Urgen Tsomu, runner-up of Arunachal’s Got Talent Season 3, was among 16 Super contestants of Superstar Singer, a singing reality show with Himesh Reshammiya, Javed Ali and Alka Agnik as judges, broadcast on Sony Entertainment Channel. The show aims at kids between 2-15 age groups was premiered on June 29 last.

Six-year old Tai Nachum won Arunachal’s Got Talent Season-2 on 08.05.16 when then Chief Minister Kalikho Pul as chief guest had promised to make it a yearly event with Rs 60 lakh cash support from GoAP annually while Chief Minister Pema Khandu on 22.12.17 had announced to make Arunachal Idol, Arunachal’s Got Talent, Miss Arunachal & Mr Arunachal contests calendar events with full support of GoAP.

It was on 15.01.19 night, Meenam Goi was declared winner of acclaimed singing competition, Arunachal Idol Season-3.

Over 21 million people (12.6 million males and 9.3 million females) or 2.1% of total population of India are suffering from one or the other kind of disability as per 2001 Census. However, they include 57-58% males and 42-43% females. However, 2130 is the disability rate (per 100,000 populations) with 2,369 males and 1,874 females, India’s Registrar General & Census data said.

Among the five types of disabilities on which data is available, visual disability is as the top with 48.5%, movement (27.9%), mental (10.3%), speech (7.5%), and hearing (5.8%).

Across the country, the highest number of disabled has been reported from Uttar Pradesh (3.6 million) followed by Bihar (1.9 million), West Bengal (1.8 million), Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra (1.6 million each). Tamil Nadu is only state having higher disabled females than males while Arunachal Pradesh has highest disabled males (66.6%) and lowest disabled females. Regrettably, 33% such children in the 5-19 age group are not attending schools.

Such talent hunt events being organised in the state prompted conceiving the idea of ADGT, Taka added.

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