Differently-abled artists shine at summer camp


AmritsarPosted at: Jun 8, 2017, 1:28 AM; last updated: Jun 8, 2017, 1:28 AM (IST)

Workshop on sculpture and art at IAFA under way in Amritsar on Wednesday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 7

The summer art camp at the art gallery has been a haven for the budding creative talent from the city, who throng the place for one month, learning and imbibing different genres of art. IAFA’s annual event offers equal opportunity to all and more so for artists, who despite their physical or intellectual disabilities, have written colourful beautiful creative stories on canvas or otherwise.
Deepak (23) is an artist and student under sculpture artist Narinder Singh. A state awardee and artist whose creations have found their presence in many group shows in gallery and outside it, Deepak is one of the budding sculpture artists from the city. “He has been learning from me for the past four years and his sister Tina Sharma is also a popular artist. Despite his mental disabilities, he works wonders with his creativity and imagination,” says his mentor Narinder. Another of his students, Nanak Singh, a young lad, who has just cleared his Class XII, and suffers from hearing and speaking impairment, also has a knack for sculpting impactful art pieces.
Narinder devotes his time teaching differently-abled inmates of Pingalwara as well, though he says that they are not regular students. The biggest challenge with these artists is, that we under estimate their creativity. “One has to understand them, make a connection, only then you can actually make them learn. Both my students express themselves through their art, in abstract terms. They are as good as anyone else and that’s the beauty of the art.”
IAFA has earlier had popular artist Manu Mandeep, who is celebrated for his work in graphics, as their mentor and guest demonstrator as well. Mandeep, who has a physical disability due to polio, has been doing a lot of collaborative work with young budding artists from city.
“All anyone needs is a chance to express, a platform to show their potential. With the art camp and festival, these young artists are being groomed to be known only for their work, not any limitation,” says Narinder.

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