Samarth, which means capability. Samarth is an organisation based in Delhi University which practices theatre with blind students from various colleges. Samarth has over 35 students from Miranda House, Sri Venkateswara College, Hindu College, Daulat Ram College and Gargi College. The organisation, that works with seven volunteers in total believes that the future of these children in education should also be secured. Along with constant support in education to all of them, the are taught the basic theatre fundas related to lights, stage and acting. Founded in January 2014, the root of this cause was laid two years ago by Mr. Sandeep Rawat who later went on to create Samarth. Mr. Rawat who is a graduate from Dyal Singh College worked with these students during his college days. Mr. Sandeep said that, “Yeh bacche apni education mein hi fasse rehte hain. Inhe university se koi support nahi hai. Yeh sab extra activities karna chahte hain, par yeh bhi majboor hai.” The founder also feels that there is little that has been done for these students in the university. According to him and the parents of these students, the administration here provides fee concessions for their education, but later they are not supported in any way possible. Students are not provided with any special study material and they also complain of getting no support from the teachers. Samarth brings out the ‘capability’ of those who can act without knowing the spotlight, without watching their co-stars and without even knowing where their viewers are. The organization tries that the message of equality reaches out to larger audience which would force them think and question norms of the society. It tries to prove that these kids are equally capable as others. For this Indu, a Political Science student of Miranda house who practices with Samarth said, “Samarth means ability. Yeh ek boht bada platform hai jispe hum, main aur mere friends apne confidence aur talent ko dikha sakte hain, ki hum kisi se kum nahi hai. Hum sab vo kar sakte hain jo aur log bhi kar sakte hain.” Deepika, who handles the cultural activities at Samarth informed that the organisation does not aim to restrict the students only to theatre but the group also plans to provide training in other fields like music. Samarth believes that these students should not be subject of pity to others, but they shall be awarded equal rights. The team has performed its first production Udaan at 4 colleges and has recently bagged the first prize at IIT Roorkee. But, Samarth raises an important question to the university theatre circuit. They want to compete with all the normal college theatre societies in the upcoming year for various competitions.
During the conversation it was found that the organisation struggles in terms of financial matters. The funding is presently being done by the volunteers itself. The group through this feature appeals to everyone in the University to kindly help them financially for betterment of these students. Readers are also requested to please introduce other blind students in need to Samarth. Apart from this if anyone wants to volunteer or donate for Samarth can get in touch with its volunteers.
Contact Person : Mr. Sandeep Rawat
Phone Number : +91 9891507039
For more details visit : https://www.facebook.com/samarthhaihum