Special kids showcase their talent in 'Vision 2012'

Special kids showcase their talent in 'Vision 2012'

Decorative flowers, paintings, jewellery on display

The special students of Saanidhya Residential School and training centre proved that they are truly ‘gifted’ with their art and craft expo ‘Vision 2012’ which kicked off at Kadri park in Mangalore on Saturday.

Wide range of products designed by students were kept for sale and display. The students had artistically prepared Yakshagana mementos, which cost Rs 400 a piece, pillow covers, cushions, wall hangings, vases, candles, mobile pouches, cloth bags and many such items. The decorative flowers were quiet a hit as many bought flowers made from netted and stocking materials.

The students had also designed jewellery such as earrings, chains and bracelets. The artistic designs and affordable rates made this stall instantly popular with buyers selecting the artistic jewellery, which started from Rs 10. The paintings too had many buyers. The students had painted beautiful sceneries, flowers, birds and the work looked as if professional artists created it. Phenoyl prepared by the students in the school was also kept on sale.

The unique thing about the expo was that the students who created the artistic items, themselves sold their products. They beamed wide smiles when customers brought their products and appreciated their work. Speaking to Deccan Herald, Ashitha, a student of the school said that she has now become an expert in embroidery work. “My teachers started to teach me embroidery two years back and now I can do it on my own,” she said. Rajini who teaches craft at Saanidhya said that craft classes are held almost every day at school and children show great interest in preparing items.

“There are around 95 students in Saanidhya of which 36 are enrolled in Pre Vocational and Vocational classes. In pre vocational classes, we teach students various crafts depending on their ability. When the students reach the vocational classes, they are able to do things on their own,” said Saanidhya Residential School Honorary Secretary Vasanth Kumar and added that the school has four craft teachers.

 “Painting and flowers done by the students are quite popular. All the paintings were sold out in the last year’s expo,” he said.The main reason for holding this expo is to motivate these students and expose their talents to people. A cultural programme will be held on Sunday. The programme was inaugurated by Software Engineer Rajgopal Karnad. “There is a need to recognise the talents of these truly gifted children. By motivating them we can bring them to the main stream,” he said.

Women and Child Development Programme Officer Chandrika, said that the special children only expect support. They are more skilled than normal children and with good guidance, they can create wonders.

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