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It’s a Kind of Magic
Pasha at Gibside with girl
Pasha makes friends wherever he goes ...
With bells on his fingers and bells on his toes. Pasha makes friends wherever he goes!
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By Yve Ngoo

Syed Sallauddin Pasha has achieved international recognition for his pioneering dance and movement therapy for people with special needs.

On his first visit to region, Pasha shared his unique magic with the pupils and staff of Gibside School, Gateshead.

Pasha at Gibside with wheelchair user
Everyone gets a chance to dance

Gibside School has a commitment to offer pupils a range of multicultural activities as part of the curriculum. This has included projects on the major religions of the world, ethnic food, people and their customs.

90 children with varying learning and physical disabilities enjoyed an exhilarating activity session based on traditional Indian Dance movements and rhythm.

Pasha with child touching feet
Twinkling, tinkling ankle bells attract attention

Pasha devised his pioneering education programme after studying the sensory responses of people with special needs to movement and music.

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Pasha enchants the children from the instance he appears with his distinct, mischievous smile and bright traditional dress. He dances in bare feet with 100’s of tinkling, twinkling bells adorning his ankles.

Like the fabled Pied Piper of Hamelin, Pasha has the ability to tap into the psyche and of these very special children, and the effects appear to be mutual. By stimulating their psychological and physical capabilities, children become more responsive to the myriad of colours and sounds before them.

quote We are amazed to see the whole of the school so stimulated, yet relaxed. It has been a breakthrough in behaviour. quote
Gibside staff

Pasha opens the workshop with shouting, singing, stamping and jumping activities backed by traditional Indian beats. Gibside staff looked on with astonishment.


" We are amazed to see the whole of the school so stimulated, yet relaxed. It has been a breakthrough in behaviour. The children were focussed, following simple instructions from Pasha. It was obvious by their faces that were enjoying themselves".

Pasha Relaxing with children
A relaxation session ends a great day

The globe trotting Guru’s next stop is Finland to premier ‘Ramayana’, a Therapy Theatre Production as part of an International Festival.

Due to popular demand, Pasha will be back in the region later this year, with even more surprises. Watch BBC Tyne for details.

This event was promoted by GEM Arts
(Gateshead Ethnic Minority Arts)


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