Local Karachi startup partners up with Strings to create Pakistan's first concert for Deaf individuals

09:54 PM | 27 Apr, 2018
Local Karachi startup partners up with Strings to create Pakistan's first concert for Deaf individuals
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KARACHI: With their 30th year celebrations on the rise, Strings has once again been showcasing their immense passion for the greater good. From releasing songs that address deeply ingrained social wrongs to helping bring to life Pakistan's first inclusive concert for Deaf individuals.

Habib University was the venue for this historic event where a total of 300 students with hearing disabilities enjoyed the concert, thanks to Habib University and local startup, ConnectHear.

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ConnectHear, a startup has taken up the initiative to help bridge the communication gap between Deaf individuals and other people. In an interview with Images, the CEO and Co-founder of ConnectHear, Azima Dhanjee said, "We provide sign language interpretation services, both in person (for corporations and events) and video-based. We also have an online channel where we post content with a sign language interpreter hosting the video. The content is not just about the Deaf but everything happening in the world."

Dhanjee is one of the three co-founders of the organization apart from Areej al Medinah and Arhum Ishtiaq. She even added that their work also included working on various softwares to further bridge the gap, "We're working on a software that'll convert any audio into sign language."

At the concert, Deaf concert goers could look to a total of four interpreters working with Strings, "We worked on the lyrics and also arranged the music in a way to make sure the audience could feel the bass so that they could enjoy the concert," said Azima.

The startup really helped disintegrate some of the awful taboos associated with people of disabilities in general and made the concert into an empowering one with the tagline, "Deaf and Proud."