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Art against the odds

While there are many obstacles faced by the physically challenged, they are also powerhouses of talent. To highlight their many skills, the Society for the Education of the Crippled (SEC) has organised Living Their Dreams, an exhibition featuring paintings made by seven of their ex-students.

The first exhibition was held in 2010 and it highlighted the students’ efforts to rise above the limitations and earn a livelihood. This year’s theme focuses on how the artists are living their dreams.


Zippy by Shahnawaz Shaikh

On display will be nearly 80 artworks created by students who have chosen varied topics ranging from portraits to landscapes, based on their interest.

The SEC has centres at Agripada, Antop Hill and Santacruz and works towards rehabilitating children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities coming from a low economic background.


Angelface by Nitin Bhise

Zarine Chothia, Vice President of SEC, throws light on this idea, “The concept behind the show is to give recognition to these individuals who despite their situation and other odds, try to be positive. The overwhelming response during the previous exhibition inspired students to showcase their talent in art once again.”


Tranquility by Nitin Bhise

Chothia emphasises that the exhibition is not an annual event and is held whenever a collection of paintings is ready. While the students face physical, economic and social challenges everyday, art acts as a medium for them to transcend their limitations. “Due to their physical disability, there are restrictions on their employment by society and they are unable to find gainful employment. We use art as a medium to promote their talent,” sums up Chothia.

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