Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:45:00 GMT | By Agencies

‘Nazar Ya Nazariya’: A television series on the blind & visually challenged

The television series, which will air on Doordarshan National every Saturday at 9:30am starting September 21, 2013, will feature real-life stories of visually impaired and blind achievers in India across various fields.

Nazar Ya Nazariya (© AP)

Arpit Kumar, center, shows his gold medal during the 18th National Sports Meet for the Blind in New Delhi

New Delhi: Score Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation working towards disseminating information on living life with blindness, is proud to announce the launch of a first of its kind television series, ‘Nazar Ya Nazariya’ in association with Sightsavers, an international charity working to combat blindness in developing countries.

The thirteen part series, which will be aired on Doordarshan National starting Saturday, September 21 at 9.30am, is aimed at challenging common perceptions and focusing on immense possibilities of life with blindness. Each episode of the television series will be introduced and signed off by the renowned actor, Naseeruddin Shah and anchored by Harsh Chhaya, a popular television actor.

George Abraham, CEO of Score Foundation said, “The Launch of ‘Nazar Ya Nazariya’ is a momentous occasion for us at Score Foundation. We are looking at this as a potential game changer in the way society and the country looks at visually impaired people. We believe blind people are as much a part of mainstream India as anybody else, and should be viewed as part of the Human Resource of the country. The need of the hour is to invest in them rather than merely looking after them. The television series not only narrates real life, inspiring stories of blind and visually impaired achievers, it also clearly demonstrates that they can productively participate and contribute to national life.”

“We are honoured to have partners such as Naseeruddin Shah, Sightsavers International, Tech Mahindra Foundation, Union Bank of India and Doordarshan, who have joined hands with us in our mission of transforming the way the government, the bureaucracy, the corporate sector, and people at large see people with disability.”

Each episode of the television series will feature real-life stories of blind and visually impaired achievers whilst addressing diverse themes throughout the course of the 13 part series. The themes will range from Education, Employment, Business, Art and Culture to Marriage and Relationships.

Commenting on his association to the cause and television series, Naseeruddin Shah said, “I have been associated with the issue of blindness and vision impairment right from the time I did Sparsh in early 80s, and I realized that the problem is not with the Nazar it is with the Nazariya. Further I have had the opportunity of recording several profiles of successful blind people for Score Foundation’s Radioshow in the past. So this time around when they approached me for the TV serial, I looked at it as a great opportunity to use TV as a medium to dismantle age old myths about people living life with blindness.

What is important here is that people like you and me need to break away from the societal stereotypes and commonly held perceptions about disability and success or happiness. This is the main message that we are trying to drive through this television series and we hope that we are able to achieve this goal by reaching out to more and more people of this country.”

‘Nazar Ya Nazariya’ has been produced by QED, a film, events and exhibition production company and scripted by Sehba Imam, who has written scripts for popular children’s television series, 'Gali Gali Sim Sim', among others in the past.

The television series has been funded by Sightsavers International, Tech Mahindra Foundation, and Union Bank of India.

India houses over 63 million visually impaired people, of which around 8 million are completely blind. Most of these people are often marginalized, not given equal opportunities for education, career and employment; they are also ill informed, and not stimulated to explore their potential. The blind and visually impaired community is often viewed as liabilities as opposed to potential human resource for a developing country.

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