Artistic eminence in the service of a cause

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ART FOR A PURPOSE: A painting by Niladri Paul
ART FOR A PURPOSE: A painting by Niladri Paul

Madhur Tankha

Organised jointly by Gallery Art Indus and Action For Autism for the benefit of autistic people

NEW DELHI: It is not just another art show but one for a noble cause. Titled "Synergy in Call of Destiny", a five-day group show of paintings, drawings and sculptures by 39 eminent artists opens in Open Palm Court Area of India Habitat Centre here on Tuesday.

As the underlying purpose of the show is to lend a helping hand to the good work done by the non-government organisation Action For Autism, the participating artists will contribute a part of the proceeds from the sale of their works to the cause.

Well-known names

With names like Jatin Das, Manu Parekh, Madhvi Parekh, Rini Dhumal, Shuvaprasanna, Shruti Gupta Chandra, Shipra Bhattacharya, Bulbul Sharma, Niladri Paul, Subroto Kundu, Nupur Kundu, Bhaskar Goswami and Manish Pushkale among the participating artists, the exhibition is a virtual who's who of the art world.

Organised jointly by Gallery Art Indus and Action For Autism, the opening day of the show will see well-known Hindustani classical musician Prabhat Kumar present a sarod recital.

Activities galore

In 1991, Action For Autism started operating with a parent support group and informative articles in the media. In 1994, it moved to counselling, education and training. In March of the same year, a first specialised school for autistic children "Open Door" was started. Realising the need for specialised professionals, Action For Autism started its own teachers' training programme.

With an overwhelming response to these initiatives, a decision was taken to formally register Action For Autism so as to not only provide support and services to persons with autism and their families, but also create an environment in which people with autism would be able to grow to their full potential.

Over the years, Action For Autism has extended the scope of its activities to include parent empowerment and advocating for legislative and social rights of persons with autism. It is a founding member of the World Autism Organisation.

Through its training programme the NGO has initiated autism support groups in far-off places like Mumbai, Kolkata and Lucknow among others.

Moreover, the organisation nurtures fledgling autism societies, sharing information and strategies and networks actively with organisations across the country.

It has grown exponentially over the years and is today considered an outstanding resource for autism both in the country and abroad.




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