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Paintings speak volumes for this mute artist

30-year-old Asif Mandalwalas exhibition is enthralling visitors at Bagore ki haveli

Udaipur : ‘Language of Art’, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Ahmedabad based physically challenged artist Mohammed Asif Mandalwala at the art gallery here at Bagore ki Haveli is earning great appraisals from the visitors. The exhibition which was inaugurated by ChandraSingh Kothari, the Mayor on February 1 will continue till Saturday.

A gifted artist, Mandalwalas creations is attracting many with its peculiar visual qualities. Some of his paintings are so dynamic and beyond human imaginations. The intricacies of colour scheme, subject, texture and composition depicted in the paintings speak so much that it is hard to believe for anyone that they have been made by a physically disabled person. Natures beauty, conservation, Folk culture and life are the main theme of Asif’s creations.  “ Success hasn’t come so easily to Asif as he had to face numerous difficulties  due to his disabilities of speech and hearing” said his mother Shamim Bano who realized Asif’s passion for paintings at a tender age and encouraged him to pursue it as a career.  Discrimations and rejections by professionals had demoralized the young painter and he had given up hopes until Mahendra Kadia, director of Leila and Purushottam Huthseeing Visual Art Center at Ahmedabad saw some his paintings and saw the spark in him. Kadia saw the hidden talent and brushed up the creative side of the silent painter.  The metric pass artist has exhibited his paintings at several places in the country including Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.

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