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After the Deaf Dance without Music initiative in Nepal, I had to be back in Bangalore with the Indian Business Academy, the business school I am professionally affiliated to. Well, getting back to Bangalore for me was like a fish thrown back into a tank with old buddies. I settled down to the warm welcome of dear Deaf friends some of who are professional artists. What could be done at this front?

Deaf Art. No, not art produced by Deaf Artists. But art conveying a Deaf Perspective, a Deaf message...

Projection of Deaf Art. No, not art produced by Deaf Artists. But art conveying a Deaf perspective, a Deaf message. The first meeting was with a small group of 6, late in the evening in my Bangalore apartment, sometime in October 2006. The concept of Deaf Art was discussed and samples of Deaf Art from Deaf Artists abroad were exhibited.

The India Deaf Expo 2007 was coming up in January 2007. Could India Deaf Art be launched at this Expo? The handful of  my Deaf artist friends got to work and eventually some 32 paintings were ready. Initially, Deaf friends who contributed were Anirban Das Gupta from Kolkotta, Sripathy Konnada from Andhra Pradhesh and Tiju Isaac from Bangalore The Indian Business Academy CEO, Manish Jain volunteered to financially facilitate the cost of getting these art works framed. The artists and myself worked together on the captions explaining the Deaf message in each work of art.

In the meanwhile, something happened that made me touch a new high!  I got invited by the Deaf Expo Committee to write an abstract for the Expo journal and also do a presentation on Deaf and Social Inclusion.  My Deaf friends looked at me. They thought I felt intimidated by the idea of living with an exclusively Deaf crowd, several days at a stretch. Well, was I uncomfortable? Yes, just a little. As Helen Keller put it, ‘like a breeze through the flowers.’

The breeze over, I was ready with the abstract for the journal, the stage presentation all in signs and slides and the flight tickets to Coimbatore and back.  My first experience at an international Deaf Expo! And together, our first launch of Deaf Art . We named it Inde’VIA or India Deaf View of Image and Art.      

What’s happened since then? We've had Nepal's first exhibition of Deaf Art 'Eyes Empowered 2010' , March 10-12 at Hotel Himalaya, Kathmandu. With some 100 paintings from Deaf Artists and the presence of Deaf delegates from the UK, India and Nepal, the event was a watershed in Nepal's history of the Deaf! And the story does not end here ....Deaf Art is here to stay ....

 


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Very Interesting
Hi Sarah,

Just downloaded your website. Very, very interesting and mind and soul
searching. I am sure it is a rewarding experience to teach and work with the Deaf. I feel the non-deaf ones
should study this language - even the basics in order to communicate with Deaf Community!

Bryan
Bryan , December 29, 2008
thank you for this wonderful journey
Hi Sarah,

very touching experience. the paintings are excellent.
and i remember i got the opportunity to buy a digital art canvas in Bangalore from Anirban Dasgupta in Chitra Sante.i guess it was 3-4 years back.
thank you.
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Hemashree , January 10, 2009
Dear Art
Those are beautiful paintings. I plan to visit my son studying in Bnagalore around March this year and hope to visit your gallery.
Muhammad Alwi , January 25, 2009
i want to visit
i am deaf and B.F.A IN Pinting
Rajiv mohanty , August 18, 2010
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Hope there continue to work hard
i
i am deaf. that is very good in deaf art. i am happy.
nirupama deaf. , July 27, 2011
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Hi Art deaf ,

Just downloaded your website. Very, very interesting and mind and soul
searching. I am sure it is a rewarding experience to teach and work with the Deaf. I feel the non-deaf ones
should study this language - even the basics in order to communicate with Deaf Community! www.rajivworking.blogspot.com. pl you will visit to there... then you will tell to me this is apply painining.. or can this sale to my picture?
Rajiv Mohanty , August 01, 2011

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