India 22 September 2016: Well known actor Tara Sharma visited ‘The Art Trisomy 21’, an art exhibition by individuals suffering from Down’s syndrome and other developmental disorders. The ‘Art Trisomy 21’ is a two day art exhibition organized by Om Creations Trust and featuring art created by specially-abled young adults, suffering from Down’s syndrome and other developmental disorders which was inaugurated by Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis (spouse of Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis) on Sept 21. The exhibition was held on Sept 21 & 22 at Coomarswami Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai.
The event marks the completion of 25 years since the foundation of Om Creations Trust. Over 200 paintings and artifacts are on exhibit. The proceeds from 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.
Ms Tara Sharma said, “Om creations is doing a wonderful work. I’m thrilled to be here and it's very important from a very young age to be sensitized to the fact that not everyone is same, some people are different, but everyone is special unique and talented. This is a fantastic platform where people are able to use their skills and their talent like art to express themselves.”
Dr. Radhike Khanna, Founder Trustee, Om Creations Trust, said “Om Creations is constantly working to help specially-abled women find their place in society. Our aim is to provide them dignity and what better way to do that than making their efforts recognized in form of art. The Art Trisomy 21’ exhibition demonstrates how art helps them express their potential. Art acts as a medium to facilitate, heal and thus empower and improve the lives of these specially abled individuals. The proceedings of this exhibition will be going towards building India’s first Community living space and skill development centre for these individuals – Om Abode. This will provide them physical, emotional and social security.”
The event also saw a renowned artist Anuradha Thakur creating a live painting as a part of the inaugural ceremony.
The Art Trisomy 21’ is derived from ‘Trisomy 21’, the condition commonly known as Down's syndrome. Like the name in itself, the event has been conceptualized to showcase the transformation that art can drive in the lives of specially-abled individuals. In line with the organization’s motto 'Art is Healing', each artwork tells a story, captures a feeling, an expression and an underlying dream which Om Creations, is striving to help each individual realize.
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 colors and other art materials. Art acts a therapy of expression which words simply cannot match.