Habib University, Karachi hosted Pakistan’s first ever Strings concert for Deaf people.
This exclusive musical night was lead by Strings the iconic Pop band. Recently this concert has made waves as it was Strings concert for deaf people. ConnectHear collaborated with the university for making this amazing event happen. It is a wonderful initiative indeed!
Connecthear is a startup company incubated at The Nest i/o.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
It aims to bridge the gap between the deaf and mute people and the society at large. They are setting up a sign language interpretation system. While using interpreters who will cater to deaf and mute individuals. Moreover, they are also in the process of developing an application to convert audio to sign language using the Pakistan Sign Language.
The first ever Strings concert for deal people started off with a ramp walk collaborated by Amir Adnan’s deaf models.
These models also interpreted the national anthem. The students of JS Academy performed the national anthem in sign language.
The tagline ConnectHear uses is “Deaf and Proud” and that says everything about their mission statement.
Muhammad Osama, Sidra Khan, Azima Dhanjee and Sumaira Sultan are ConnectHear’s professionally-trained interpreters. For the whole duration of the concert, they made all out efforts in ensuring that deaf attendees got the concert experience of their lifetimes.
The team used external equipment such as lighting and vibration setups to create the right feel.
This helped to interpret and energize all the live performances. Kudos to their efforts, the deaf audience was also able to visually and physically feel the music. While they managed to make them as involved and excited as their fellow Habib University students.
The concert was free for the deaf individuals to attend. ConnectHear ensured that many of the numerous deaf schools across Pakistan including JS Academy and DeafReach were part of this experience.
The event was attended by more than 300 deaf individuals who were treated to an amazing experience.
While this was just one experience for 300 people Pakistan has a lot more such individuals. This is a great step towards a better society for deaf and dumb people. Although they are no less than others, this did make them feel more normal than they usually do.
Join hands with organisations like ConnectHear and let’s make a difference.