To the soil that smells like bravery,
With the footsteps of divine warriors.
To the sky that celebrates serenity,
With the breeze of glorious liberty.
To the grass that dances in justice,
With the flowers that sings the poetry of prosperity.
To the flag that flows in victory,
With the colors of unshakable unity.
Happy Independence Day!– Aashvi Solanki.
To every beating heart,
That smiles in this land of diversity!
Passion Holds No Boundaries
One thing that connects every border, every distance, and every soul, is Art. Art holds no barriers but just some strokes of creativity and that is literally enough for every art lover to dive deep.
Personally, it holds a special place for me because when I recall my childhood I remember this one man and his intriguing story that still gives me the strength to swim no matter what the further lap holds.
The man had a passion for singing, he had this delightful charm that made him the star of every event. For me, he was just an ordinary man but for the world, he was a handicapped man who was totally dependent on the wheelchair.
But that didn’t bother him, all he had was his satisfied smile and a talent that was special just to him. And when I jump back to reality I see the same passion and drive in these 3 artists who carry nothing but grace and an idea of democracy.
1. Ganesh Kumar- Mouth Painter
Even though his limbs have withdrawn 80% of their support due to polio Kumar still doesn’t stop to shine and stand higher on the grounds of talent.
A scholarship holder of International Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, founder of various referent organizations, a painter, and major of all a person with a heart for humanity shows us the ideology of freedom.
What do freedom and democracy mean to foot and mouth painters?
Just like the tree, the roots of our democracy are strong and cover everyone, from rich to the poor, layman to ‘lords.’ For me, freedom is a state of mind without any inhibitions, conflict, fear, and limitation. The Indian Constitution gives that freedom to one and all, including the differently-abledGanesh Kumar
Source, The Indian Express
2. Manoj Bhingare- Foot and Mouth Painter
The hands of tragedy embraced Manoj and he had to give up on his own during an accident at the tender age of 10. But bravery cannot see its people giving up, so Manoj earned a degree in Fine Arts from CN Vidyalaya and also bagged the Rashtriya Balashri Award in 1999.
Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life.Emma Thompson.
3. Srilekha Mandallapalli- Mouth Painter
With a rare disease of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Srilekha is confined to a wheelchair that eventually does not border her to what she believes, and shows the idea that holds nothing but freedom.
“Freedom is a power, where we can choose to be happy and aren’t judged for who we are or where we belong.”Srilekha Mandallapalli.
With the pillars of security, health, education, agriculture and industry Srilekha creates a masterpiece with a title of Democracy and People’s Aspirations.
“I feel these form the backbone of our country, which can only prosper if it pays attention to these factors and becomes more inclusive.”Srilekha Mandallapalli