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Exhibition gives special artists chance to shine. Bengaluru News – Times of India

Exhibition gives special artists chance to shine.  Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Shreyas Rajagopal’s painting of Buddha calms your frayed nerves. With shades of azure blue, it gives off Zen vibes. The acrylic work, depicting the inner peace and bliss when you realize yourself, is part of a virtual exhibition featuring 105 paintings by people with disabilities.
Be it an abstract work depicting Radha and Krishna’s love or an acrylic painting showing a half-butterfly and some flowers forming its other wing, the works in the collection make you pause and ponder.
The artists whose works are on display are people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, autism, and neurological disorders. The National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC) has offered 47 people with disabilities a platform for online sale of their paintings.
“We launched the paintings online on the NHFDC portal in the first week of April with the hope that all the paintings would be sold, as the sale money goes directly back to the artists,” said Dr Aarti Jagannathan, additional professor of psychiatric social work and psychiatric rehabilitation services at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) and principal coordinator of the programme. “One of the works has been sold,” she added.
A workshop conducted by Nimhans and the department of empowerment of persons with disabilities (DEPD) under the ministry of social justice and empowerment, Government of India, in July and October 2022 helped the artists hone their talent.
Ruma Singha woman with mental illness from Maharashtra, told TOI: “It has broadened my horizons and has helped me cope with depression.”
Rohan Lalanother artist whose work is on display at the virtual exhibition, felt like a free bird when attending the workshop on a lush green campus. lala child with autism spectrum disorder, is from TN.
Art can also act as a medium of employment, said Dr Jagannathan, “Till date, we’ve been able to sell 12 paintings across exhibitions which were conducted at Nimhans, Chitrakala ParishathBengaluru, and Divya Kala Mela organized in Delhi and Mumbai by DEPD,” she said.
The initiative was supported by the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.
The paintings are available for sale on
(Patients’ names changed to maintain confidentiality)


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