BMRCL to train disabled in fine arts this December

Rangoli Arts Centre to turn exhibition area for latent talents

BMRCL to train disabled in  fine arts this December

Come December, the BMRCL will do its bit for the cause of the disabled. The Metro station on MG Road will become a beehive of activities organised to mark the International Day for Disabled Persons that falls on December 3. 

The events have been jointly planned by the Rangoli Metro Arts Centre (RMAC) and organisations working for the empowerment of persons with disability. 

Posters asking people to be sensitive to the handicapped will be displayed throughout the length of the boulevard. Works of art and craft made by disabled children will adorn the walls of the RMAC.

“Though we planned it as a one-day event (December 3), we realised it can become a long-term effort so that the space at RMAC and the boulevard are used to showcase the artistic talent of the disabled,” said U A Vasanth Rao, general manager-finance of BMRCL, which has created RMAC at the MG Road station. 

Rao has been meeting representatives of NGOs working for the upliftment of people with disabilities, along with officials of the State horticulture department, Regional Design Centre (RDC) and artists’ groups in an effort to bring them on a single platform, which the RMAC hopes would result in several collaborative works.

 “We’re asking the NGOs if they need something more than the space at RMAC, in terms of expert help in fine-tuning the skills of the disabled persons they serve. Those working with autistic individuals/children feel art has been an excellent medium of expression for them and asked for training from RDC and individual artists,” said Surekha, curator of RMAC, who has been playing a key role in forging collaborations between artists and persons with disability.

Training autistic children in painting or making clay objects, besides theatre, dance and music are some of the long-term activities planned as part of the collaboration. The Horticulture department has offered to train them in gardening, making fruit jam and squash and mushroom cultivation. Fifteen organisations, which took part in the meeting, said engaging in art and craft or horticulture would not only be therapeutic for the disabled, but also help them develop specific skills. “The auditorium at the boulevard can be utilised to conduct workshops or spread positive messages about disability and remove misconceptions,” Rao said. 

“We’re keeping the programme open for more organisations/individuals to participate,” he added. 

Preliminary meetings with experts in various art forms will begin in the first week of November. Organisations/individuals willing to take part in the programme can call RMAC at: 080 22969265 or visit the Centre between 3 pm to 5 pm on all working days.

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