10-OCT-2018: Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery and 100 Thousand Poets for Change organise art and poetry event
Aligarh, October 10: Poetry and art are powerful mediums - they can make you think, and change the way you view the world. The Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Aligarh collaborated for a unique event on 'Disability and Artistic Expression' in which participants produced on spot paintings and poetry to raise issues faced by individuals with significant intellectual, developmental or physical challenges.
But, unlike events, where differently-able artists are encouraged to present their work on various world issues, the exhibition at the Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery had non-disabled students showcasing their art work on various problems faced by disabled people. Renowned paediatrician, Dr Hameeda Tariq attended the programme as the Chief Guest.
On the occasion, Dr Boopathi P (Assistant Professor, Department of English) spoke on how Disability Art emerged in the mid of 1970s to explore disability experience in form.
Analyzing the emergence of Disability Art Movement in the West, Dr Boopathi discussed how it contributed to the larger Disability Rights Movement to counter the Charity and Medical model of disability which views disability as a personal tragedy.
Dr Boopathi appealed that more such events should be organized to spread awareness about disability in various parts of India.
Dr Jyothsna Phanija (Renowned Poet and Assistant Professor, University of Delhi) pointed out that visually challenged people experience nature and draw inspiration from it. Speaking on understanding disability with poetry, Dr Jyothsna also recited a poem on how she can paint a river with words. She congratulated the AMU fraternity for taking up the issue of disability in all its seriousness.
Prof Badar Jahan (Coordinator, Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery) organised the event with representatives of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Ms Alisha Ibkar, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Ms Lubna Irfan, Research Scholar.
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Related PicturesDr Bhoopati speaking at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change event at Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery
Dr Hameeda Tariq with Dr Jyothsna Phanija and Prof Badar Jahan at Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery