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Coimbatore

An artist who conquers her speech shortcoming through her paintings

Indrani Thakurata

Jalpa Ramani is no regular artist. She is an artist who conquers her speech short-coming through her paintings–which is a beautiful extension of old earthy utensil which is beautifully crafted on the canvas. Keen observation of unmoved objects reflects in her painting, adding vintage touch and beautiful synergy of colours.

Jalpa is a student of Fine Arts from Raheja school of Fine Arts. At, present she is actively involved in many group exhibitions under the guidance of her teacher, as she truly believes no limitations can hold back her creative juices flow. We get a sneak peek into her life and what give her strength. Read on.

Talk about your childhood and how you conquered your speech short-coming through your paintings.

Art has always been a part of me since childhood. It started off with me as a little girl who was always into art and craft activities making all sorts of different things just playing around with colours and beautifully mixing them.

I truly believe that while there’s one shortcoming, God has blessed me with something lot more powerful- my love for colours. I am grateful to my family who never sent me off to a special sign language school. They always kept me with the regular class and integrated me with mainstream children. After which a family friend my mentor, Ranjit uncle recognized my passion pushed me to peruse Fine Arts

Could you talk about your painting and your love for old utensils

The first painting I ever put up and sold in an exhibition was on the kitchen theme only out of my imagination. The appreciation that this painting drew absolutely boosted my confidence and then there was no looking back. It was a totally different theme from the other participants of the exhibition and I had beautifully worked with the colours to bring out vintage kitchen feel.

How difficult or easy is it for a differently abled person to achieve her dreams in India. And is art a true reflection of oneself?

Even after years of hard work I feel it’s not very easy for us to active our dreams. There are no special tutors or educators who guide people like me in the mainstream class. I am extremely thankful to my friends and family who has been my support system. Without them it was impossible.

I still feel I want to learn a lot more. I wasn’t able to pursue my masters (which is still my dream) because of my shortcoming and there was no special provision for the same . There is no limit to how much one can learn in this field … Sky is the limit so I am keen to learn a lot more.

I believe art is truly a reflection of oneself it is my way of expression yet sometimes I am not able to put words to what I create but it is purely my imagination that’s at work.

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