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The Mirror – a unique platform for dwarves
Kishore Sarkar
 KOKRAJHAR, March 5 – In a unique attempt, Pabitra Rabha has created an amateur theatre group The Mirror in a remote area near the Indo-Bhutan border in Tangla of BTAD that has helped many dwarves of the region to realise their dreams.

The reality is that the performers of the group – once a neglected lot – have now become the cynosure of the eyes of the audience for their talent and conviction.

In fact, in this rare venture Rabha raised the troupe involving the dwarves for their unusual body size, and has been training them to perform at the stage and become professional live performers to achieve a better public life. This has also given them a platform to promote culture besides the artistic talent of a negected class.

Talking to this correspondent, Rabha said that the team comprising 23 such dwarves between the age of 6 to 55 years including six women were now quite hopeful of their future overcoming distress and social stigmas asociated with them.

Rabha mentioned that The Mirror had created an opportunity for them to become self-dependent apart from providing a platform which was contributing towards their empowerment.

At the same time, Rabha revealed, the play What to say – a piece of dramatic performance by the dwarves – has become immensely popular in some places. It depicts a dilemma with the confronting question of ‘complete’ and those who are ‘incomplete.’ This drama narrates the melancholy of human dissension, desire, distress, and both physical and mental incapacities.

Rabha said that the group had also performed What to say in New Delhi recently besides at a few other places that drew huge applause from the audience. He also revealed that Khil-Khilai, a junior team has been also created as a branch of The Mirror to encourage dwarf children artistes.

It may be mentioned here that Rabha, a resident of Tangla after his postgraduation from Gauhati University, did another postgraduation diploma in Drama from the National School of Drama, New Delhi. He has also performed in King Lear at the Physical Theatre Festival in Tokyo apart from performing in the French film Alexandra Devid Neil, Hindi films like Tango Charlie, Mukhbir, Kaya Taran, Choti and Kannada film Chigurida Kanasu, among others. This apart, Rabha has also participated in several theatre workshops across the country. He is also a singer and composer. The Rhythm of Bordoichila is a unique creation of Rabha in which he used folk tunes of eight north eastern States incorporating 40 folk musical instruments. The musical instrument ‘Prabha’ is his notable creation in folk music and culture.

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