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Art works by the hearing impaired from across the country are on display at the Lalit Kala Akademi


AN ELDERLY gentleman sits bent over a table painstakingly inking names onto certificates in the Gallery at the Lalit Kala Akademi. Artist and calligrapher G. Prabhakar is writing out certificates for a company while he waits for people to come in and look at his paintings, which are on display at the Seventh Special Art Exhibition of the Hearing Impaired organised by Visual Arts of the Deaf.

Prabhakar's oils are stylised scenes from everyday life — children playing, a woman lounging in a chair and reading a book, a nun blessing women on a street, construction workers lifting cement and sand. There's depth and attention to detail in his work. Cars in junkyards become playgrounds for little boys and girls or a place for workers to take a nap and an old woman squats on the floor with brush and paint while her husband and grandchild watch her at work.

Some of his watercolours are also on display — simple landscapes in happy colours. Prabhakar, himself hearing impaired and who has been an artist for the past 15 years, says that art is a form of expression for the hearing impaired and that this exhibition is an example of a change in the way people with disabilities perceive themselves as well as how the world perceives them.

Works of art by hearing impaired people of all ages and from various parts of the country are also on display.

The exhibition is on till July 10, 11 a.m. onwards, at the Lalit Kala Akademi gallery, Greams Road, Nungambakkam.

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