Children With Down’s Syndrome Spell Magic On Canvas In Mumbai

Amruta Fadnavis with kids during exhibition.

Mumbai: ‘Art Trisomy 21’, a two-day exhibition featuring works of specially-abled young adults suffering from Down’s Syndrome and other disorders was inaugurated on Wednesday.

The exhibition which was inaugurated by Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, is being held between September 21 and 22 at Coomarswami Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in South Mumbai.

The event marks the completion of 25 years of Om Creations Trust, the organiser of the event.

The event has been conceptualised to showcase the transformation art can bring in the lives of specially-abled individuals.

Over 200 paintings and artifacts are on exhibit. “I am privileged to be part of this special exhibition. The artworks presented are truly amazing and no less than professional work. We need to support these special children and get them to mainstream and provide dignity,” said Ms Fadnavis.

The proceeds of the exhibition will go toward setting up Om Abode, India’s first Community living space and research centre for the specially-abled situated at Khandpe, Karjat on a 12.5-acre site.

It will be a community living facility and a multi- functional social innovation institute that will house skill development centres, spaces for vocational workshops, a research centre, library, medical  centre, recreational facilities and living quarters for the differently-abled residents, Founder Trustee, Om Creations Trust Radhike Khanna said.

The event also saw renowned artist Anuradha Thakur creating a live painting as part of the inaugural ceremony.

“The creative avenues of expression that these young artists have explored to project their feelings on canvas are unique and truly fascinating,” Ms Thakur said.

Neha Pradhan, a young artist with Down’s Syndrome said, “Drawing makes me feel special and playing with colors is fun.

I like to paint my thoughts on canvas as it helps me better express myself.

“Art is a psychotherapeutic service and it allows the differently-abled to express themselves in a creative, non-verbal way with the use of colours and other art materials,” she said.

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