INVC NEWS New Delhi, An evening was hosted by SHANKARA and VARIJA LIFE to celebrate VIHAAN 2016, A Kaleidoscope of Abilities. The event took place at Indo Islamic cultural centre. VIHAAN 2016 is an initiative by VARIJA LIFE under Varija Bajaj and SHANKARA under Sujatha Narayannswami. India’s first Holistic festival which will focus on bringing together the diverse population, cultures and abilities together will be held on the 14th of December at IGNCA ( Indra Gandhi National Center for Arts ), supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The evening which took place in the presence of Guest of Honour Dr. Swaroop Rawal, Actress and Educationist, saw her speaking on enrichmentand empowerment of ‘Persons with Disabilities’ which is one of the key elements into making a society INCLUSIVE and successful as it taps into all its potentials and brings out the best. The first step towards achieving this is AWARENESS and EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES. Varija Bajaj and Sujatha Narayannswami spokesperson for VIHAAN 2016 Says “We look at VIHAAN as a face of changer for Persons with Disabilities, a medium of leading a dignified life. We had invited children with special needs (CWSN) such as ASD, ADHD,Down syndrome and intellectual deficits also physically challenged or visually/hearing impaired to actively participate in the contests and make it a grand celebration. Some of the categories were Singing, Dancing, Miming, Music and Modelling. We have selected 5 from each group except the modelling wherein we have selected 30 special children.VIHAAN wants the world to see the abilities and not disabilities of these children.The selection was made out of around 1500 special children in the presence of renowned model Amanpreet Wahi , Choreographer Liza Varma and others. “ “We have on our advisory board Dr. Swaroop Rawal (Actress and Educationist) Padmashri Dr Uma Tuli (Founder Director Amarjyoti), Padmashri Shri V R Gowrishankar (CEO Sringeri Sharda Peetham)and Mr.Sandeep Marwah(Founder Marwah Studio and Noida Film City) to guide us with their vast experience in Education and Social sector” adds Sujatha Narayannswami.