Chennai: Chennai: K Narasimhalu stunned people at an exhibition in Chennai by doing embroidery with his foot. The 39-year-old artist has cerebral palsy. R Udhayakumar is orthopedically challenged. He paints just one square inch every day. On each painting, Mr Udhayakumar spends four to six weeks. Their paintings are on display at an exhibition of works by artists with disability, which is Chennaiites.
The event has attracted people from the film industry as well. Actor Gautami Tadimalla was among the first visitors. “I think the inspiration is no matter what the situation is, we have the calling to create something beautiful within ourselves. It can be a work of art, it can be a good deed for somebody,” she said.
Another artist, Suvedha Ganesh, who is hearing impaired, is a guru for many. Her proud father N Ganesan said, “Around hundred people have already learnt from her. We are happy.”
Those working closely with the artists with disability believe that it is important to introduce art to children at a much younger level. “Science, technology, engineering and maths alone are not enough. We want to add art too so there would be more creativity,” said Ramana Varukur Srinivasan from a Heart Beat, a private organisation.
“It’s not just make in India but innovate in India. We need creative people to make India future-proof,” said Sumit Ganguli, CEO of Gavs Technologies that is organising the show.