Shantidham Foundation successfully organized the fourth edition of its unique one of its kind national-level talent hunt “Jhoom India” meant for persons with disabilities, wherein they get an opportunity to showcase their talents and get encouragement and visibility. This year the event was organized wholly on a virtual platform.

Address by Chief Guest Sj. Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Hon’ble Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries and MSME, Govt of India

Over the past several months, the COVID-19 induced lockdowns in India and the safety concerns related to the pandemic had led to the postponement or cancellation of numerous events. In the scenario when things like ‘social distancing’ and ‘stay-at-home’ was gradually becoming a norm for us Shantidham Foundation has pushed its limits to conduct the event.

Address by Sj. Ramachandru Tejavath, (Rtd IAS), Ex-Chief Secretary, Special Representative of Telengana Government at New Delhi, and the Chief Patron of Shantidham Foundation

The virtual platform this year was no less exciting or competitive than any physical show for the participants. The participants were allowed to submit their entries and participate from the comfort of their homes. They were required to create a video around their display of a particular talent that they were passionate about and send in their participation for evaluation by the esteemed judges.

Address by Keynote Speaker Ms Shakuntala Gamlin (IAS), Secretary, Department of Empowerment and Persons with Disabilities, Govt of India, New Delhi

The event entries that were received from all over India centered around multifarious talents like dance, song, speed painting, acting and mimicry. Of the 1800 plus entries received, 47 were shortlisted for the final selection of the winners for the award distribution ceremony that was held on December 13, 2020.

Address by Dr Ambika Das, President, Shantidham Foundation

The award ceremony was live on Facebook and on YouTube and was promoted by Batoi among others. Each of the shortlisted entries were truly a treat for the eyes and ears of all those who were a part of the award ceremony.

Address by Dr Soubhagya Routray, Founder & Chief Functionary, Shantidham Foundation

The award ceremony also witnessed the inauguration of the mobile app of Shantidham Foundation and the National Level Magazine “SAMARTH” that carries inspiring stories of these specially-abled children.