A cel­e­bra­tion of colours

In­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled artists dis­play their work

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Re­porter

The chil­dren from Army Pub­lic School, Nan­dambakkam, were lis­ten­ing fer­vently as Indu Bala ex­plained the strokes and qual­i­ties of the colours yel­low and blue at the Lalit Kala Akademi. She took out a can­vas and crayons and be­gan draw­ing a sun and blue clouds around it.

“When th­ese two colours, mix it turns green,” she said. The chil­dren too fol­lowed her in­struc­tions and ex­per­i­mented with the colours and the theme. Some drew a ‘smil­ing sun’ spread­ing its light to the world be­low, while oth­ers in­cluded birds in their draw­ing.

The chil­dren were tak­ing part in an art demo held at Colours of Life — A Dif­fer­ent Per­spec­tive, an art ex­hi­bi­tion by a group of in­di­vid­u­als, who are in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled. As Indu Bala, who was born a blue baby, pa­tiently ex­plained the con­cepts of colour and pal­ette, she was joined by 50-year-old Bharat­waj.

“There is no right or wrong in art. One has to ex­per­i­ment with one’s imag­i­na­tion and show­case it,” she said.

The week-long ex­hi­bi­tion was in­au­gu­rated on Wed­nes­day by A. P. Sreethar and Lt. Colonel Seema Sharma. The ex­hi­bi­tion has the art­work of five artists with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. Ni­ran­jan Ravi, who is autis­tic, dis­played his pho­tographs, one of which was se­lected for an award at the Madras Pho­tog­ra­phy Club re­cently.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity in­deed to have got this space to dis­play their art­work,” said S.R. Pad­ma­vathi, a cu­ra­tive ed­u­ca­tor, who also or­gan­ised the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“The artistes here have come a long way and are very en­thu­si­as­tic and ex­per­i­men­ta­tive with their ideas. We hope to dis­play more of their work,” she said.

Shades aplenty: Army Pub­lic School stu­dents at an expo by in­di­vid­u­als with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

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