Activities

   
  1. As a first step in achieving its main objective, FACD organized Group Art Exhibition by deaf at The Taj West End on 8th and 9th of August 2004. About 15 deaf artists were present on the occasion. This maiden event was a moderate success.  
       
  2. As a second step, on the occasion of International Deaf Day which was celebrated all over the world, FACD held painting demonstration by deaf artists on 26.09.2004 on the pavement of M.G Road in order to bring out the hidden talents to one and all and also draw attention to some demands/kinds of assistance from Government of India, Government of Karnataka, Corporates, Bank, Industries etc. Deaf artists painted on a long 75 meters canvas cloth. Their paintings depicted their plights as well as their reasonable expectations / demands from the Govts/Society.


 
       
  3. FACD is proud to inform that the foundation was invited to join Bangalore International Art Festival, held from 17th October 2004 to 22nd October 2004 at the pavement of M.G Road. One of our artists Shri Ganesh was selected to join International Art Exhibition, held at KSCA during Indo-Australia Test Series and also at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat. He was the only one to sell the works even though there were other reputed names. About 10 deaf artists showed their works at the fest.  
       
  4. Another interesting program was our deaf artists were invited to join Bangalore Art Festival- Bangalore Habba 2004, held from 5/12/2004 to 12/12/2004 at M.G Road.

We were also invited to participate in one day Chitra Sathe on 26-12-2004, organized by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore.



 
       
  5. We received an invitation to celebrate World Disabled Day, held on 22nd and 23rd January 2005 and exhibit our paintings at The Golden Palms, Hotel & Spa. About 12-15 deaf artists displayed their paintings. This programme was organized to encourage our deaf artists by showing their hidden talents/skills to one and all, especially business people, members, foreigners-tourists etc. who helped them by purchasing their paintings and enabled them to have good earnings. Film star Sanjay Khan inaugurated the exhibition and appreciated our foundation for organizing good programme and also our artist for their best talents.  
       
  6. Three major events viz
i) Inauguration of One day group art exhibition by professional deaf artists,
ii) Launching of website and
iii) Launching of free class for animation for deaf artists were organized at The Taj Residency Bangalore. These three events are important mile stones for FACD. Smt. C. Triveni, GEM artist inaugurated the exhibition while Sri. K N Srinivas, founder president of Vinivinc Group of Companies launched the website. Sri Ashish Kulkarani, animation specialist launched free class for animation. Sri S Chetan Managing Director of ANTS studio (P) Ltd was special chief guest. Website is useful for exchanging information, programs etc to improve activities of our foundation, especially art and culture. Free coaching classes for animation will enable poor and middle class deaf persons to learn animation and take up as profession for their lively hood.
 
       
  7. 5 Deaf persons –Miss Priya Drashini, Miss Archana T S. Miss Gayathri, Miss Lekha, Sri Praveen have been selected to undergo training in animation at ANTS Studio (P) Ltd (from 5-02-05 onwards for 6 months on every Saturday between 2pm & 4pm). Teachers of ANTS Studio (P) Ltd are kind, friendly, co-operative and enthusiastic. Sri Chetan MD is very helpful.
Next batch will be announced shortly.
 
       
  8. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, our foundation organized a felicitation programme for deaf women who have outstanding ability in various fields such as dance, curriculum, painting, teaching etc. A one day group art exhibition by professional deaf women artists was also organized at The Capitol, Bangalore.
5 deaf women from different deaf organizations were selected and honoured.
They are 1) Gowroo Somanna, Best deaf business woman of the year 2004 - 2005.
2) Jyothy, Best deaf teacher of the year 2004 - 2005.
3) Mrs Rekha Chitra Kumar, Best deaf social worker of the year 2004 -2005.
4) Mrs Rajni, Best deaf artist of the year 2004 - 2005 & 5) Ms Namratha Best deaf dancer & Best deaf IT student of year 2004 - 2005.

Mrs Nandini Alva, artist, Foundation for Arts inaugurated the exhibition while Mrs Usha. A. Narayan, Partner, PriceWater House honoured deaf women.
 

 

     
9. In Occasion Of World Mother Day, World Family Day, World Environment Day And Also 1st Anniversary Of our Foundation, A Three Day Group Art Exhibition Day was held at Gallerie Mantram from 03-06-05 to 05-06-05 About 10 Professional Deaf Artists exhibited their paintings relating to mother, family and environment to one and all. About 250 visitors saw our exhibition and appreciated us for organizing such an excellent programme.
       
  10. On the Occasion of 1st Anniversary of our Foundation, Free Film Show "Magic Ajji" (Kannada Film) for deaf school children was arranged on 30 -06-2005 @ Triveni Theatre, Bangalore @ 10.00A.M. The Show was sponsored by Shri. Subbaraju, producer of this film. Child Cine Actor Shri Tejas had agreed to join deaf children for the show. Inauguration took place. About 500 deaf children from 15 deaf Schools in Bangalore, attended the show & enjoyed. Shri.Subbaraju promised that he would select some deaf children to be the child actor / actress for his next film.  
       
  11. Foundation for Art & Culture for deaf (R), Bangalore presented an exhibition of paintings depicting Lord Ganesha and Lord Krishna in various forms by professional deaf artists, held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan from 10-09-2005 to 12-09-2005. Shri Ajay Kumar, I.P.S, Commissioner of Police and Mrs. Antoninette Lopez, iVolunteer, were the guests of honour. Shri Suresh, Director (Programme and project) and Shri Ashok Kumar, A.O.of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan were special chief guests.

About 8 deaf artists took part in this exhibition.
 
       
  12. Mantram Art Foundation invited us to take part in The Art Village Festival, held at Chinnaswamy Stadium from 23/09/2005 to 25/09/2005. Our professional deaf artists exhibited their paintings . More than 1,000 persons visited the exhibition and appreciated our talents very much. One of our artists Mrs. Rajni was invited to light the lamp during the inauguration of this festival along with another VIP.  
       
  13. Foundation for Art & Culture for Deaf (R) organised Handwriting competition for hearing-impaired students for various standards (both Kannada & English) on the occasion of Children’s Day on 24.11.2005 at R.V. Teachers College, Bangalore. As many as 100 students From 10 schools in the city participated. of late, majority of people, particularly students use gadgets like computer, cell phone, simputer ect to communicate with others. Our handwriting skills are gradually deteriorating. In order to encourage them to retain /develop their handwriting skills, Foundation had organised this first of its kind event  
       
  14. Our hearing impaired artists were invited for a ten day art exhibition in connection with Habba festival-2006, held at M.G. Road, Bangalore for which the response was excellent. Miss Archana Apte and Rajni demonstrated Tatto & Portrait skills in front of huge audience who appreciated them for their fine, quick and extra ordinary skills.    
       
  15. Puniya Publishing (P) Ltd. headed by Dr.Poonam.S.Kohli, Managing Director and Foundation for Art & Culture for Deaf (R) jointly organised Releasing book “LUCIFER” on 21.12.2005 at Raj Bhavan, Bangalore where Governor of Karnataka Shri Chaturvedi released the book- A book of poems, written by poet Shri Bashish Namit relating to paintings of our artists which is the first of its kind in the world.  
       
  16. One day Chitra Santhe-2006 was held on 25.12.2005 at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat where our hearing impaired artists took part in.    
   

 

 
  17. As part of world Disabled Day, Best Hearing Impaired Student Award Ceremony to felicitate hearing impaired students in recognition of their outstanding achievements in various fields like Art, Sports, Culture, Curriculum etc was organized at Royal Orchid Central on 7.1.2006. 10 Students from different hearing impaired schools, art colleges and other colleges were selected for the award.

Apart from this, one day group art exhibition by professional hearing impaired artists of about 10 was held at the same venue which also played host to the award function.

Shir Ramalinga Reddy, Minister for Primary & Secondary Education, Smt Sumalatha Ambarish, film actress and Shri K.Balachandra, Managing Director, ADC Krone were the chief guest at the award function.


 
       
  18. On occasion of International Women's Day, Best Physically Challenged Women Award ceremony to honour selected physically challenged women like hearing impaired, visually impaired, mentally retarded, cerebral palsy etc in recognition of their outstanding achievements in various fields like sports, adventure, social service, art etc was held on 09-03-06 at Nayana Auditorium, Kannada Bhavan, Bangalore. Smt. Pramila Nesagari, Ex. MLA & Senior Advocate was special chief guest and gave awards
Apart from this, 3 days group art exhibition by professional hearing impaired women artists was held at Chitra Art Gallery, Kannada Bahavan, Bangalore from 9-3-06 to 11-3-06. Smt. Shreen Malini, Art Promoter inaugurated the exhibition.
 
       
  19. On the occasion of 2 nd anniversary of late Mrs. Rashida S Nassur who was hearing impaired woman and affectionately called as Mehandi woman and also 2 nd anniversary of the foundation, foundation organised mehandi competition for hearing impaired girls/women, expressing our fond remembrances of such great artist. We felt, to encourage the hearing impaired girls/ women by exposing their hidden talents to one and all, is the correct way of paying homage to the eminent personality on 22-06-06 at Kannada Bhavan along with felicitation ceremony to honour selected hearing impaired students who have scored above 60% in SSLC & PUC exams, held in April, 2006. As a token of appreciation & encouragement to the meritorious hearing-impaired students in curriculum, awards were given to 12 individuals with the motive of recognizing and highlighting their excellent achievements in their studies to the society.

Mrs. Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, Trustee and CEO – Adamaya Chetana Trust and Shri V. Lakshminarayana, Managing Director, Nirman Shelters [B] Pvt. Ltd were special chief guests and gave awards.


 
       
  20. On Occasion of International Deaf Day and Indo-Nepal Friendship Day, our Foundation For Art and culture for Deaf(R) Organised a week long group art exhibition by professionals hearing impaired artists from Nepal and Karnataka held at Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore from 26th to 30th of September, 2006 and also painting demonstration by selected professional hearing impaired artists from Nepal and Karnataka held on 26th evening at Spencer’s Super Market, M.G. Road , Bangalore. About 13 hearing impaired artists(3 From Nepal And 8 from Karnataka) took part in this gala Art Festival by exhibiting their paintings. New friendship, exchange of ideas especially art and culture, export and iImport of paintings etc would be helpful to both of these countries. At Venkatappa Art Gallery we had more than 1000 Visitors because of Dasara holidays after visiting Museum, nearby Venkatappa Art Gallery and they appreciated our artists' achievements . At Spencer's Super Market, M.G.Road we had more than 500 Spectators who enjoyed by attending our painting demonstration.





 
       
  21. Foundation for the Arts (AFFA) had invited our hearing impaired artists to take part in 10 day art exhibition held in connection with Bengalooru Habba 2006 from 3.12.06 to 10.12.2006 at St.George's Square, Cubbon Park, Bangalore for 4 days and then at Palace Ground for 3 days. The stalls were put up by Foundation for Art & Culture for Deaf® (FACD). The stalls had on display greeting cards with batik work done by artist Anuradha. Also on display were works of our other artists Rekha Chitrakumar, Ganesh Shetty and Archana Apte. More than 25,000 persons visited our exhibition and conveyed their appreciations.    
       
  22. As part of FACD's fund raising efforts, AFFA had organised an auction of paintings donated by famous artists like Raghava, S.G.Vasudeva, Nethra etc at the Taj West End Hotel, Bangalore. However, many corporate's that selected the paintings have not yet collected them and paid auction money to AFFA or FACD. This is disappointing to us.    
       
  23. Felicitation Ceremony to honour selected hearing impaired students in recognition of their outstanding achievements in various fields was organized by FACD at Kannada Bhavan on 28.2.2007. Nine hearing impaired students from various deaf schools were selected to receive our awards. Special programmes i.e. "Krishna" dance programme was performed very beautifully by hearing impaired students of R.V. Integrated school for hearing impaired, Bangalore. Also group art exhibition by professional hearing impaired artists was organised . Shri Chandrasekhar, M.L.A. representing Basvangudi Constituency in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Smt.Rani Satish, Ex-Minister for Kannada & Culture were present on this occasion.

 
       
  24. On occasion of International Women's Day, Felicitation ceremony to honour selected physically challenged women in recognition of their outstanding achievements in various fields was organised on 18.3.2007 at The Chancery Hotel, Bangalore. 5 selected physically challenged women were honoured. Apart from this, Group art exhibition by professional hearing impaired women artists was organised. Shri. Katta Subramanya Naidu, Minister for Industries gave awards while Smt Kavitha Lankesh, Film Director & Celebrity attended our exhibition. Both of them spent nice time with all of us for nearly one hour and appreciated our FACD for organising very enjoyable programmes.

 
       
  25. We are proud to announce that FACD has completed 3 years of its purposeful and eventful existence. We sincerely convey our heartfelt thanks to those who were kind to support us since 3 years. We sincerely pray and hope that with everyone's blessings we will continue to serve hearing impaired persons, especially in the area of Art & Culture.    
       
  26. On the occasion of 3rd anniversary of our foundation, our Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf organised felicitation ceremony to honour 15 hearing impaired students who have scored above 60% in SSLC exams held in April 2007 on 24th of June, 2007 at 4.00 pm at Indian Institute of World Culture, Bangalore. As a token of appreciation and encouragement to the meritorious hearing-impaired students in curriculum, awards were given to about 15 individuals, with the motive of recognising and highlighting their excellent achievements in their studies to the society.

Education Minister Shri Shankara Murthy and Shri Mahantesh, Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the disabled were our special chief guests.


 
       
  27. World Federation of the Deaf had invited our hearing impaired artists to attend 15th World Congress for Deaf held at Madrid, Spain from 16-07-07 to 22-07-07. Government of Karnataka had agreed to sponsor for their participation but at the last moment, they could not obtain visa from Embassy of Spain, New Delhi and were advised to cancel their visit to Spain.    
       
  28. 0n 07th Feb, 08 our Foundation was asked to sponsor hearing impaired students to the world famous Disney Magic show performed by artists from the USA. The event that was free for the hearing impaired was scheduled at Koramangala indoor Stadium.

About 110 hearing impaired students from various hearing impaired schools in Bangalore attended and enjoyed wonderful programme.
 
       
  29. On 07th March 08 was observed as the International Women's day. On this occasion, a felicitation ceremony was held to honour six physically challenged women in recognition of their outstanding achievements in various fields. A group art exhibition by hearing impaired women artists was also organised at the Hotel Grand Ashok, Bangalore. Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Secretary, Dept of Child and Women, Government of Karnataka and Mrs. Devika Muthukrishnan, Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India were our special Chief Guests. This is fourth time in succession that we had organised such a delightful programme which was enjoyed by one and all.

 
       
  30. FACD organized a Free Swimming Camp for the benefit of Hearing-impaired children of Bangalore in the age group of 5 to 13. This event was held jointly with and Jyothi Kendriya Vidyalaya (JKV) in close association with Sindia Swimming School (SSS). Jyothi Aquatic Center (JAC) shosted the event in their Swimming pool located in Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. The Camp was conducted from the 11th Apr to 04th May 2008 in which 15 students participated. Expert Coaches were arranged solely for coaching the participants who cannot get to hear the splash of pool/river water in their life. Obviously, it was indeed a tough task for the Coaches.

Such a bold & risky initiative exclusively for the benefit of Hearing impaired has been arranged for the first time in Karnataka. The objective was to instill a sense of self-confidence, boldness, and fearlessness besides safety-consciousness in the minds of Hearing Impaired.

Out of 14 schools in Bangalore meant for the Hearing Impaired only one School viz R V Public School for Deaf had deputed their students for participation. FACD places on record R V School’s initiative & enthusiasm.

Camp-concluding ceremony was held on the 04th May. Shri Amit S Kiran, CEO of Sports Management Private Ltd, was the Special Chief Guest on the occasion. Certificates were distributed to the participants. Shri Saran lauded the efforts of FACD and had special word of appreciation for Mr. Lokesh who, though himself a physically challenged, coached the participants.

Shri Sindia, Chief Coach of JAC promised to select one or two participants for intensive coaching so that they can participate in the Swimming Competition in future.

s Camp was a great success and all the participants enjoyed the event.


 
       
  31. Feliciatation ceremony to honour deaf students who scored 60% and above in SSLC exams held recently was arranged on 11/08/2008 @ Kannada Bhavan. A total of 17 deaf students like RV school for deaf, Sheila kothavala school for deaf, Amrutha vani kannada school for deaf all from Banagalore and Rotary west school, Mysore were awarded. Shri Ravi Subramanya, Basavangudi MLA and Shri B.C Ganesh, Cheif Accountant of Nirman shelters were present on the occasion






 
       
  32. On the Occasion of “The World Disabled Day”, Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf ® Organized a 5 day Group Art Exhibition by selected Professional deaf artists from across India commencing on 05th Dec at Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore.

On this Occasion, a felicitation ceremony was arranged to honour the Best Teachers from among the Deaf schools in Bangalore.

About 13 deaf artists( one each from Rajasthan, Mumbai, Poducherry, Delhi, three from Chennai, and six from Karanataka) participated in the Art Exhibition.
More than 2,000 Vistiors attended our exhibition.

Shri Subir Hari Singh, Principal Secretary to the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karanataka was our Special Chief Guest. He spent nearly two hours with all of us. we all enjoyed the programmes.


 
       
  33.On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of our Foundation,a felicitation ceremony was organised to honour few selected physically challenged women in recognition of their achievements in various fields. A group Art Exhibition by selected professional deaf artists was also held on 8th of April,2009 at The Chancerry Hotel, Bangalore.7, the awardees were present to receive the awards. Miss sanjanaa, a film actress was present on this occasion.She presented the awards and inaugurated the Art Exhibition.Her presence was attractive.She said that she was proud of their achievements.She appreciated the talents which are truly wonderful gifts given by God.She congratulated the winners and also ,the Foundation for organising such a beautiful function.She felt that such programme was far better than film star awards/Nites etc that are conducted frequently these days.




 
   
 
  34.We were invited to attend 9th international workshop on resource mobilisation,organised by IWRM, U.K. which was held from 25th to 28th of june,2009 at infosys convention. also, our 5 professional deaf artists were invited to exhibit their paintings during these period, about 250 delegates-both from foreign countries and india attended workshop and appreciated our deaf artists very much.  
       
  35. A Felicitation Ceremony was held on the 08th of September at Nayana Auditorium, Kannada Bhavan, Bangalore to honour 10 hearing impaired students who had scored 60% and above in SSLC exam held in April, 2009. Five candidates from Bangalore, one from Tiptur, and remaining four from Mysore were present to receive the awards. The Minister for Medical Education Shri Ramachandra Gowda, noted Kannada Cine Actor Shri Srinivas Murthy, and Ms Lakshmi Nair, PR and Promotions Executive of Titan Industries were present on the occasion.They all praised us for the excellent team work. Shri Gowda promised to recommend the State Government, the cases four candidates for sponsorship in the World Expo for Deaf to be held at Las Vegas, USA in July, 2010.

Shri Srinivas Murthy appreciated the efforts of FACD in organizing the beautiful function and congratulated all the members of FACD.



 
       
  36. On the occasion of the World Disabled Day, Foundation for Art and culture for Deaf, Bangalore, in association with Punya Publishing celebrated International Disabled Day on 7th of December, 2009 at Raj Bhavan, Bangalore at 5.00 p.m. On this occasion, we organised an Interactive Seminar on inclusive education for the disabled where principals and teachers of deaf schools attended. Also,interesting programmes like story presentation (mime show by deaf students of R.V.School for Deaf,V V Puram, painting demonstration by our professional deaf artists relating to education and A Group Art Exhibition by professional deaf artists were arranged.



 
 
       
  37. On the occasion of International Womens Day which was celebrated all over the world on 08th of March 2010, Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf (FACD) organised a grand function to felicitate six physically-challenged women in recognition & appreciation of their outstanding achievements in various fields. The Felicitation Ceremony was held at the Royal Orchid Central, Bangalore.

The First lady of Karnataka Smt Prafullatha, wife of His Excellency Shri Hans Raj Bhardwaj, the Governor of Karnataka, Smt Girija Lokesh, Kannada Cine/TV actress,
Miss Roopa Iyer, Kannada Film Director and Actress, Shri Hullas Jain, Helmite Products(India) were the chief guests on the occasion to honoured awardees.

A few interesting programmes were held like
(a) Bharatha Natyam dance by Miss. Deepika Reddy, a hearing-impaired person (b) Break dance by Shri C.Chandan, a hearing-impaired student of R.V.Deaf School and (c) A Group Art Exhibition by selected professional deaf artists of Karnataka.

About 100 persons attended the function and enjoyed the evening. Smt Prafullatha praised dancers and artists for their excellent performance. Smt Roopa Iyer assured that she would direct & produce a film on the hearing impaired shortly.Smt Girija Lokesh appreciated the work being done by FACD through organising very wonderful programmes.







 
       
  38. A Felicitation Ceremony to honour deaf SSLC and Diploma toppers was held on 18th August,2010 at the Indian Institute of World Culture,Bangalore.

About 15 deaf students - 5 toppers in SSLC from Mysore and 1 from Bangalore besides 9 Diploma toppers (all from Mysore) were honoured.

On this occasion,a Fancy Dress Competition for deaf schools was also organised. About 11 deaf schools deputed their deaf students to take part in this competition. 3 deaf schools viz., JSS, Vagadevi and Samarthnam Trust annexed overall championships for various categories/ standards respectively.

Shri Shankarmurthy,Chairman,Legislative Council, Govt of Karnataka, Shri Sadhashiva,Chairman,Finance & Taxation, BBMP, Bangalore and Ms.Rajeshwari Varmbally (CSR), Titan Industries Ltd,Bangalore graced the occasion with their presence.




 
       
  39. On the occasion of Udaya Kirana (navollaasa) - RECON -2010 (regional conference), hosted by Vasavi Club, Banashankari, Bangalore, we, the Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf (FACD), Bangalore, were invited to exhibit our Art Works at Woodrose Club, Brigade Millenium, Bangalore on 19th of September, 2010.

Besides, the selected deaf schools students from JSS Deaf school, Smarthnam Trust for the Disabled and Vagadevi School for Deaf gave dance performances.Sri Rajiev, a deaf artist and Shri A.K. Umesh, Director, FACD gave skit programmes.

All the above interesting programmes were enjoyed very much by about 250 delegates. Many delegates extended their support by buying the art works. Mrs. Anuradha,Mrs.Radha, Shri Rajiev, Ms Supriya and Shri Ravi Kumar - all deaf artists - were present at Art Exhibition. Latest talents and skills of all these physically challenged persons were appreciated by the delegates.












 
 
       
  40. The silent poetry….

The 7th World Kannada Cultural Convention - 2010 was held on 27th and 28th of November 2010 in Singapore. This mega event was jointly organized by Kannada Sangha, Singapore and ‘Hrudayavahini’, a Kannada monthly publication. Nearly 2,500 k. Kannadigas had taken part in this two day conference. The organizers of this event had invited FOUNDATION FOR ART AND CULTURE FOR DEAF[R] to take part in this event. FOUNDATION FOR ART AND CULTURE FOR DEAF[R] is a non- profitable NGO working for the welfare of the deaf artists and differently abled people. The professional deaf artists Mr. RAJEEV, Mrs ANURADHA and Mr RAVIKUMAR along with the director of FACD Mr. A.K. UMESH took part in this two day conference. The paintings of these deaf artists attracted the appreciation and attention of many celebrities like actor Shivrajkumar, Mukhyamantri Chandru, flute artist Praveen Gorkhindi and the State ministers. They were all were amazed looking at the beautiful art work. The common folk of Singapore visited the art exhibition and bought the art works of these artists. The celebrities, the people at the conference and the visitors encouraged the deaf artists. It was a great source of help for the deaf artists.

Thus, the deaf artists succeeded in establishing their work overseas. Art alone has the capacity to speak for itself and in such cases it speaks for the artist also. Art is definitely not the bread of life but it surely is the wine.

Art is the silent poetry…
















 
 
       
  41. International Women’s Day was celebrated on 20.03.2011 at the Chancery Hotel, Bangalore. On this occasion, a Felicitation Ceremony was arranged to honour physically challenged women in recognition of their outstanding achievements in various fields for the year 2010-11. Eleven women were identified by FACD selected for honour.

A Group Art Exhibition was also organised by selected professional deaf artists. Both the events were conducted in a grand manner.

Mr B.N.VijayaKumar, MLA, Jayanagar Constituency, Bangalore, Mr Srinagar Kitty, Kannada Cine Actor and Mrs Suchitra Vedanth, PhD., Director, Mahila Samakhya, Karnataka were the special Chief Guests.

About 100 persons attended the function and enjoyed both the events.









 
       
  42. FACD organised “Honour the Achiever” Ceremony on 21st of July, 2011 at Kannada Bhavana, Bangalore to honour the deaf students who scored above 60% in SSLC exams held this year.

Deaf students from various parts of Karnataka like Gadag, Mysore, Koppal, Haveri and Bangalore were chosen for awards this year.

For the past eight years, FACD has been conferring such awards to merit-oriented candidates belonging to the deaf category every year. The objective is to primarily motivate the meritorious students and also to highlight their merit and achievements to the society at large.

The Dance competition was so enthralling that the Judges of the event could not but adjudge three schools teams for 1st Prize!!! Three 1st prizes were given to three different school teams!!

Shri P N Sadashiva, Area Corporator, Shri Chandru, Kannda film Director and Cine artiste, Shri Naga Sekhar, Kannada film director were present on the occasion and distributed awards to deaf SSLC toppers and prizes to deaf dancers

Shri Chandru, Kannada film actor and director appreciated deaf dancers for their beautiful performances and promised to select few of them for his next silent film project and congratulated deaf SSLC toppers. Two other chief guests also enjoyed our function especially dance programmes.










 
 
       
  43. On the Occasion of Teachers Day i.e. on 05th sept 2011, deaf students participated in a Cycle Rally organisied by FACD.

The Cycle Rally was Deaf students' expression of affection & gratitude to the teachers of the deaf schools who (Unlike Teachers of Regular Schools) put in extra-ordinary efforts to teach deaf children.

Their expression was so Loud & Clear!!!!

It was in Appreciation of Appreciation to the teaching Community as well.

About 25 Deaf students selected from various deaf schools and 40 members of "GO GREEN" took part in the rally.

The five km 'Circular' rally began from Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park winding it's way into MG Road, Ulsoor Lake ending in Bal Bhavan.

Mrs. Nisha Millet, International Swimmer & Arjuna Awardee flaged off while Shree. K.S. Nagaraj, F.C.A. & Shree. "GO GREEN" Roa (Prabhakar Rao) C.M. were special chief guests.

R.V. School for Deaf, Shathshrunga School for Deaf & Hamsadhwani School for Deaf are some of the schools that deputed their students for the Rally.

The Participants, Guests, Organisers as well as Pedestrians or Motorists enjoyed the Rally.

The print or electronic media gave an extensive coverage of this Unique Event.













 

 

       
  44. Kannada Sangha, Bahrain had extended their invitation to FACD on the occasion of their 08th Vishwa Kannada Cultural Meet.

It was a two-day event.

It was a great pleasure and privilege for FACD to have been invited for such international event.

FACD accepted the Kannada Sangha's (Bahrain) invitation and took part in the wonderful Meet.

Our Paintings were displayed at the Meet.

Prominent personalities like Cine Actor Sri Puneeth Kumar and the State cabinet Minister Sri Mukhya Mantri Chandru attended the grand function.

Everyone including Dr Dodda Ganesha had a word of praise for the Art work that FACD had displayed in the Meet

It was a proud moment for FACD. We feel greatly honoured to participate in the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 














 
   
45. A non-resident Indian (NRI) living in Saudi Arabia sponsored and distributed through FACD the following useful materials such as clothes, caps, school bags and story books the poor students who are deaf and dumb studying in various schools in Bangalore.

The Schools included JSS School for Deaf, R V School for Deaf, Sheila Kothavala school for deaf, SSVM school etc...

FACD is pleased to place on record the generous gesture of the NRI.









 

 
46. Foundation for Art & Culture for Deaf (FACD), Bangalore celebrated International Womens’ Day in a grand manner on 18th of March, 2012 at Royal Orchid Central, Bangalore.

On this occasion, FACD selected 10 physically challenged women who achieved great feat in various fields and honoured them for their achievements.

Shri Suresh Kumar, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Karnataka, the Chief Guest remarked in his address "This is the best programme that I have so far presided".

Smt.Vasanthi Harish, Radio and T.V. Personality and Dr.Hema Divakar also praised the accomplishments of physically challenged women. Both felt that those honoured are really the source of inspiration for every physically challenged person.   

Two professional deaf artists demonstrated their painting skills. Invocation song was rendered by a blind woman.

A Group Art Exhibition by selected professional deaf artists of Karnataka was also arranged.

Every one including VIPs appreciated the beautiful paintings and complimented the artists for their skills.
Yet another grand event programme organised by FACD concluded with a vote of thanks.













   
47. At the specific request of H.R. Manager of a corporate, FACD identified two deaf students to design her wedding invitation cards. About 300 cards were painted and printed. The Deaf Students were paid money for their education. FACD records its appreciation to the lady‘s novel idea behind her noble thoughts of assisting the Hearing Impaired. If only many more corporate staff entertain such noble and philanthropic attitude, quality of life of the disabled would improve.
   
48. FACD was requested to identify three brilliant deserving deaf students for granting scholarships for continuation of their studies in 2012-2013. Two deaf students from JSS Sahana school for deaf and the third one from Vagadevi school for deaf were identified and awarded scholarships FACD records it appreciation of its well-wisher who funded the scholarship. The well-wisher does not desire that his name to be publicised. FACD hopes many more noble-minded persons would come forward to fund the education needs of the disabled.  
   
49. Inclusive Conference of persons with Hearing Impaired (INCHARA), organised by the Association of People with Disability(APD), Bangalore for four days from the 16th of May, 2012 at the Christ Kannada School, Hosur Road. A few deaf artists from FACD were invited to attend conference and demonstrate their skills / artworks to about 400 deaf students participating from various places in Karnataka. The participants evinced keen interest in the activities. One deaf artist from FACD demonstrated her painting (Lord Ganesha) during an inaugural prayer song. VIPs like director of Doordarshan Mr Mahesh Joshi and President of Kannada Sahithya Parishat attended They were very much amazed at the painter’s and invited her for an interview session in Doordarshan TV channel. The Workshop for Artworks, organised by FACD was a success.










   
50. A kind-hearted Software Engineer from Bangalore requested FACD to identify FOUR deserving children from Vagdevi School for Deaf for the specific purpose of getting his wedding invitation cards painted. He got about 200 cards painted and printed.

In appreciation of the children’s efforts and talent despite their disability, the Engineer paid money for their education.

FACD again records its appreciation to the Engineer’s generosity and his noble thought & deed of assisting the Hearing Impaired.

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51. SPEECH IS SILVER!!! SILENCE IS GOLDEN!!!

Sushma scored 82% in II Pre University Course!
Roshan scored 75% in SSLC!!
Pavitra & Amit Prasad came out successfully in Diploma Course in Computer Science with 75%!!!

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Is this news worthy especially when getting 95% plus is so common in any examination?

FACD considers these special in every way because the above students know the world of silence and nothing else!

Be it a sweet, melody or the birds chirping, be it the noise of the traffic or the sounds of your applause for their achievements their world is silent.

In their silence, you can applaud their achievements. Now, do you agree with me that the above information is something special!!

We came across these celebrities in Kannada Bhavana Nayana Auditorium on 24th of July, 2012 during the felicitation ceremony for about 16 deaf students with such amazing academic performance. Their talents were recognised and appreciated by “Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf(R)", Bangalore.

Smt. Girija Lokesh of kannada film industry, Ms.Sanjana, multilinguist actress were the center of attraction of this celebration. Shri. Saurabah Chandra, Co-founder and CEO of neev information technology sponsored free computer class for deaf students on his auspicious occasion.

Even though the deaf students were physically challenged, they danced for the “Kuvempu’s lyrics” which was applauded by the audience.

Students of JSS Sahana School for the deaf and Chiguru Seva Samasthe enlightened the audience with their interesting dance performance.

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52. WORLD DISABILITY DAY

Foundation for Art & Culture for Deaf(R), Bangalore and Value makers International have jointly collaborated to present an event to celebrate the talent of differently abled individuals. 3rd of December is celebrated as International Day of People with Disability all over the world. A practice that began on the initiative of U.N. in 1992 has helped to bring to fore the challenges faced by disabled in their respective lives. Activities across the globe aim to garner support for disability programs and spread awareness about their rights and special needs. Also the aim is to involve disabled or differently abled individuals in all aspects of community development.
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The event intended to give one platform to all the differently abled people on the occasion of WORLD DISABILITY DAY, on 9th of December, 2012. Theme ‘Differently Talented’ focused on performances from the community in various art forms to showcase their skills through various activities. There were performances by about 100 participants who are differently abled. A reward and recognition ceremony was conducted to reward differently abled talented individuals. One such name is Kumar Manikandan, a 26 year old who despite being affected by Polio has made all of us proud by winning Gold medal at Paraclimbing World Championship held in Paris in early September in 2012.cash award -rs.50,000 was given to him. Dance, mimic act, fashion show, painting demonstration etc performed by differently talented group-Chiguru, Samarthanam;JSS sahana deaf school, Hamasadhwani school for deaf, Sunad school for deaf, Kothavala school for deaf  were organized. Artworks and painting exhibition were showcased by deaf artists of FACD and also Vagadevi School for disabled etc (from different genres who despite being challenged in certain way had emerged as winners in life).

We really appreciate their participation in making this event a very great success.
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53. FASHION SHOW

FACD in association with VALUEMAKERS organized a Fashion Show (Sarees only) contest for deaf women - the first of its kind – on the 09th Dec 2012 at in orbit Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore.

Twenty-five deaf women from various NGOs participated in the event. The event was attended by a large number of invitees and also VIPs.

The audience was stunned to see the beautiful manner in which the deaf women had worn the sarees. Truly, it was more elegant than the normal models that appear in any such fashion shows.

A variety of prizes were distributed to the winners.
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54. Another very special news is that we were invited to attend 9th world kannada conference.

Held on 14th and 15th of December, 2012 at Abu Dhabi and exhibit our artworks there. Foundation for art and culture for deaf sponsored for 3 new deaf artists’ visit to attend the same.also, 2 more artists joined them. Many VIPs like NRIs who are businessmen attended art exhibition in large number and purchased their artworks. Shri.b.r.shetty, popular businessman of UAE spent time with us by asking many questions regarding artworks etc and promised to take care of us in future.

Also, deaf artists were honoured and given mementos for their participations.
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55. On the 06th January, 2013 Cloudinine presented "Mother & Child" and “Art loves the Bond & Child" at the Club house, Shoba Rosa Apartments, Marathalli, Whitefield, Bangalore. A large of residents at the Shoba Rosa Apartments attended the function where a nutritionist guided them on a free customized diet chart and a counseling session perfect for new, existing or expecting mothers. They participated and experienced a perspective of this rare unique attachment through the medium of art depicting their affection, warmth, strength and beauty by talented deaf artists from Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf, Bangalore. They purchased artworks, greeting cards etc from the deaf artists. One deaf potter Shri Lokesh did pot claying in front of many visitors and their children who were amazed at his excellent talent. They also purchased deepam, flower vases made by Sri Lokesh. Thus, all these beautiful products and other enjoyable activities were appreciated by them. The programme, organized by FACD jointly with Value Makers was a great success. December December December

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56. Women's Day

On the occasion of International Day for Women, F…A…C…D.. (FACD) Bangalore organized a function to felicitate physically challenged women who have made an indelible mark in various fields during the year 2012-13. This is the 09th year in succession that FACD is holding such a felicitation ceremony in recognition of  outstanding work done by women  in their field of work.   
The function was arranged at Chancery Hotel, Bangalore on the 17th March. The three Chief guests were great celebrities in their own way. They were
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14 physically challenged women (3 from Mangalore, 2 from Bellary, 2 from Kolar and the remaining 7 from Bangalore were honoured by the three Chief Guests.

A blind woman rendered a prayer song invoking the Lord Ganesha’s blessings to begin with. Simultaneously,   a foot artist without two arms and another hearing-impaired artist drew a Ganesha painting as if to translate the invocation song rendered by the visually impaired.

The audience and the chief guests were delighted to see the stunningly beautiful Ganesha painted by the physically challenged persons.

All the awardees were presented with flowers, memento & a shawl. A group photo of the awardees and the chief guests were taken.

 In her short but sweet speech, Ms Vani Ganapathy noted the noble deeds of two physically challenged persons financially supporting two other similarly placed persons. This is a lesson that the able-bodied should learn from the physically challenged. She also lauded the efforts of FACD in honouring the physically challenged persons. The other two chief guests too spoke in similar vein.

A Group exhibition of Art paintings was also arranged.

It was a pleasant evening for the awardees, chief guests, participants, the press and others. The programme was compared very well.
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57. FACD celebrated MAY DAY on 1st of May, 2013 in a befitting manner. 100 physically challenged persons were invited to witness the celebration in connection with the completion of 75 day show of Kannada film titled MYNA - a film based on the story of a polio-affected girl. The film was shown at  Sagar Theatre on that day. Kannada cine-actor Sri Raghavendra Rajkumar and the film Director Sri Nagashekhar were present along with some other film personalities. Cakes were cut and distribution among physically challenged persons who attended free film show. They enjoyed the show. FACD records its appreciation of the film industry's sincere commitment to the disabled persons. flim1 flim2 flim3

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58. Last year, a donor (name with-held at his request) had sponsored education fee of three deaf children identified by FACD. The same donor repeated his generous gesture this year too by funding the education fee of the same three children this academic year 2013 - 14. FACD conveys its sincere appreciation to this donor.   

 
   
59. The Association of People with Disability (APD), Bangalore organised their 02nd Inclusive Conference of Persons with Hearing Impaired (INCHARA) for four days from the 21st May 2013 at Christ Kannada School in Bangalore. Shri Lokesh from FACD was invited to attend the Conference and to demonstrate his skilss in Pottery to the participants numbering 200 (hearing impaired) from various parts of Karnataka. The participants evinced great interest in the Pottery activities demonstrated by Mr Lokesh of FACD. The Workshop conducted by FACD was a great success.
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60. SCHOLASTIC TALENT OF SPECIALLY ABLED STUDENTS-DEAF

FACD recognised the need for identifying and motivating the Scholastic talents of deaf students. Accordingly, FACD identified the meritorious students of the following institutions in Bangalore & Mysore.

  • R.V. Integrated School for hearing impaired, Bangalore
  • Mercy School for Deaf, Mysore
  • Adarsha College for Deaf, Bangalore
  • JSS Diploma Course for Deaf, Mysore
  • Arasu Boarding School for Deaf

The felicitation function was held on the 25th Jul 2013 at Nayana Auditorium of Kannada Bhavan located in the precincts of Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore.

The students identified by FACD were all toppers in the SSLC examination held in March 2013.

Ms Rani Satish, former Minister for Kannada & Culture, Government of Karnataka graced the occasion. She felicitated 16 deaf students from the above-named Institutions. Titan watches and cash awards were given to the students.

In her speech, Ms Rani Satish complimented the deaf student on their academic achievement and spoke about atrocities committed by the able-bodied persons on the society and the need to root out such activities.

The Chairperson of the dais Ms Roopa Iyer, a Kannada Cine Actress-cum-Director & Producer also spoke on the occasion. She assured FACD that she is ever ready and willing to extend her helping hand for the progress and prosperity of deaf students. Her unconditional offer was widely appreciated by the audience. She also mentioned that some of her films to be produced in future would revolve around the disabled or deaf.

The function included a delightful dance performance by two specially disabled persons, namely Master Anirudh and Master Linga. The Dance was dedicated to the Lord Nataraj, the celestial dancer. The performance was superb and was applauded by everyone in the Auditorium.
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61. Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf (FACD) is a non-profit and non-political body founded by Mr A. K Umesh, who himself is a hearing impaired.

FACD, in association with Kalarasa, presented a National level Art Exhibition of the Hearing Impaired on the 19th to 25th of October, 2013 at Kalarasa Art House, Bangalore. The exhibition was titled "SILENT HUES". About 14 hearing impaired artists from various places in India were invited to take part in this grand exhibition.

Inauguration took place on the evening of the 19th of October 2013. About 200 invitees attended the function. Guests of Honour were shri R.V.Devaraj, MLA, Chickpet constituency, Bangalore, Mrs. Sonu Gowda, a Kannada Cine actressand Shri T.A.Sharavana, Managing Partner of Sri Sai Gold Palace, Bangalore. They appreciated deaf artists talents and congratulated them. The function was a grand success.

The show "Silent Hues" is an amalgam of various styles and mediums created by deaf and mute artists in an attempt to excel in the field of arts against odds and disability. The artists are not only from Karnataka but from across India- Chennai, Rajasthan, Bhubaneshwar, Kolhapur, Noida. The works on display are inspired by nature, landscapes, wildlife, people and other assorted themes, also with a spiritual connect making this an elegant and sometime sublime display of artworks. The Artists express their emotions and passion through their art. Vibrant, bold, intense and intricately detailed, the artists works are sometimes narrative in style with stories and themes related to the various elements in their society and their manifestations. The show is a statement of their commitment embodying their positive spirit. It speaks louder than any voice apart from displaying their never-say-die attitude towards art and life.

The artists whose works were on display in "Silent Hues" are S.Rajeev, Jyothi Kumar, Sanjay Saraf, Immamuddin, Rekha Chitrakumar, Ganesh Shetty, Smt Rajni, Sunil Kulkarni, Kumari Sonia, CV Supriya, Archana, Ravi kumar, Sekar and Smt. Savithri.

FACD & Kalarasa are proud to give voices to their expression and wing to their flight towards the horizons of success and fulfillment.
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62. The Karnataka Welfare Association for the Blind celebrated their 46th Anniversary which coincided with the 205th birth anniversary of Louis Braille in a befitting manner.

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His Excellency the Governor of Karnataka, Sri Hans Raj Bharadwaj was the chief guest on the occasion. He saw the art works and expressed his appreciation. He interacted with the artists.

Shri Lokesh, a deaf potter, demonstrated his skills in pottery.

The function attracted huge crowd all the three days.
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63. Decennial celebrations

International Women’s Day was celebrated in an extraordinarily rare way where everything spoke for itself in signs and symbols.

As is customary, FACD had felicitated specially abled women who have excelled in various fields in a grand manner.

The Chairpersons who adored the dais were
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iv) Film director Sri Suni of “Simple aagi ond love story” fame.

They expressed their heartfelt emotions regarding the greatness of specially abled persons and their chance to take part in felicitating them.

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64. Intellectuals among specially abled

A programme was anchored on 24.07.2014 at Kannada Bhavan, Nayana Auditorium, in felicitation of deaf candidates who have scored the highest percentage in SSLC and PUC (2nd year).The chief guests of the programme were:

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Smt Bhargavi Narayana highlighted and appreciated zeal, enthusiasm and determination of deaf persons to match with the normal individuals who are fortunate in not having any physical disabilities.

Prof. Sridhara Moorthy encouraged the specially abled students by bringing out the examples of great personalities who were very successful in their fields inspite of their physical drawbacks.

JSS Sahana School for deaf students presented a Rajasthani dance, a cultural programme which captivated the entire audience.

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65. FACD

On the occasion of Kannada Rajyotsva celebrations ,the Ferns Club House,Marathalli,Bangalore invited deaf artists to exhibit their art works on 1st of November,2014 at its premises for full day.About 9 deaf artists took part in this programme.About 200 members attended the celebrations and were kind to support deaf artists by purchasing their art works which include paintings,greeting cards,handicrafts and also diwali pots / diyas etc.One deaf potter Shri Lokesh demonstrated pots making which attracted many children / members.They learned pot making from Shri Lokesh. Such combined programmes were very well appreciated by members of the Ferns Club House. FACD extended heartfelt and sincere thanks to the Club

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66. World Disabled Day at Cheshire Home

Giftabled in association with Cheshire Disabled Trust invited F..A…C..D… to celebrate World Disability Day along with other Bangalore-based NGOs working for the physically challenged. About 7 deaf artists of FACD took part in Artwork Exhibition held from 3rd to 7th of Dec ,2014 at Cheshire Home.

Many visitors from software companies, volunteers, social workers, VIPs etc who attended the event appreciated art work and also supported FACD by purchasing their artworks like paintings, greeting cards and handcrafts.

Shri Lokesh , a famous potter (hearing impaired ), demonstrated his talent by preparing art-fully decorated pots . Particpants were very large in number. Many promised that they would place orders for their company’s requirements in future.

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67. During the same time /period, FACD managed to adjust another one event. A Hundred-hands, Bangalore invited deaf artists of FACD to the 5th edition of their Annual Handmade Collections from 3rd to 7th of Dec 2014.

About 75 craft groups across India including FACD participated in this grand event held at the beautiful 150 year old St.Andrew's Church grounds in Bangalore. About 4 deaf artists of FACD were invited to take part in this fair. This event too drew large crowds

Both these programmes were highly successful and the FACD gained more visibility and popularity in Bangalore.

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68. CHITRA SANTHE

Chitra santhe – meaning Art Fair in Kannada - is an annual fair organised by Chitrakala Parishat in Bangalore. Any artist who has talent can display his / her art work and put up art items for sale. In otherwordds , it ART for ALL .This year it was held on 4th of january,2015 at Chitrakala Parishat complex. It is for the 12th year in succession that the Fair is being conducted.

Artists from all over India participate and this provides a unique showcase art to the public. The objective is to make art a part of everyday life and to provide visual treat to all.

Many displayed affordable arts like paintings, graphic prints, miniature, sculptures and many more items.

Artists from FACD too participated. Their art work was not only appreciated but was purchased by many. As always , Sri Lokesh , a hearing impaired potter ,was the centre of attraction as he made several variety of products from mud.

Footfalls for the Fair exceeded one lac , as per press reports.

Both these programmes were highly successful and the FACD gained more visibility and popularity in Bangalore.

 

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69. REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS

Nerolac Colorothon , an event organised by Nerolac Paints , provided an opportunity to all participants , irrespective of their age or artistic skills to draw pictures of their liking. Some of the participants were physically challenged or hearing impaired.

The event was held in MNK Rao Park in Basavanagudi co-inciding with the Republic Day celebrations.

As many as one thousand participated and this number included some hearing impaired artists sponsored by FACD.

Sri Srinath, a noted Kannada cine artist and currently a member of the Legislative Council attended the event. A painting done by Ms Savithri , a hearing impaired artist was one of the sattractions and earned appreciation from many including sri Srinath.Other artists who drew appreciation from the spectators were Ms Jyothi and Ms Chitra.

Sri Srinath tried his hands in making pots from Sri Lokesh , another hearing impaired sponsored by FACD.

Every spectator and every participated the Nerolac Colorothan that day .

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70. FREEDOM PARK

10,000-SHATHAVAIBHAV -art for humanity organised by ranjinikalakendra,an event that brought expressions "to save humanity" through various forms of art.

It was an unison of 10,000 + performers presenting 100s of varieties (music,dance,craft,painting,play etc).talents from 6th to 10th of february,2015 at freedom park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m Deaf artists of foundation for art and culture for deaf were invited to exhibit their artworks,thus exhibiting their unmatchable talents where it was very much encouraging.

One of these days i.e.on 7th of february,2015 evening founder and trustee of giftabled foundation called for a special meeting at the venue to discuss regarding partnership with corporates and also sale of artworks,made by deaf artists of FACD. all deaf artists of FACD attended the meeting and discussed.

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71. MUSEUM

Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum organised an Innovation Festival on 21stand 22nd February 2015 at the museum. It was a great opportunity for innovators & creators to exhibit their innovations and talent.

The creative side of this event was catered to by Deaf artists and deaf potter of FACD. They demonstrated painting and process of pot making which attracted crowds.They also exhibited their artworks like paintings,greeting cards,pottery etc.

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72. FACD celebrated International Women's Day this year on the 5th April,2015. The venue was Hotel Chancery in Bangalore. On this occasion, 11 physically challenged women who had unique talents of their own were felicitated by FACD. A Group Art Exhibition too was organised in which 10 hearing-impaired artists participated.

The Chief Guest of the occasion inaugurated the events. The physically challenged women felicitated by FACD were :

I) Prof.Chandrashekar Patil, Former President,Kannada Sahitya Parishat
II) Sri. Dorai Bhagavan, Kannada Film Producer, Director & Actor
III) Kumari Netra, Kannada T.V. Serial Actor

Chief Guest's speech was appealing. Over 100 invitees attended the function.The awardees explained how they struggled in their early years and how they later turned their advantage in to opportunity.

Two hearing impaired exhibited their artworks like saree-designing . Some displayed their skills in painting, drawing , pottery , decorative work , greeting cards etc.

Group Art Exhibition by the hearing impaired artists was a great attraction drawing crowds. In sum , the function was a great success.

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73. Ever since inception in 2004, FACD has been felicitating year after year all the SSLC/PUC toppers (above 60% ) belonging to hearing impaired category. This is, in fact, there in its DNA.This year too, FACD organized a gala function to honor 38 students from schools in Karnataka. It was held on the 06th of August, 2015 at Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Bangalore. Perhaps, the event broke a record of sorts in India: A record number of 38 students were given away awards.. FACD is grateful to all the parents, teachers and principals of various institutions for sponsoring their toppers.FACD congratulates and salutes all the award winners. Another very beautiful / colorful programme was performed by the deaf students of JSS Sahana School for Deaf, Bangalore was also arranged on the occasion. This was enjoyed by everyone.FACD handed over cheques of the aggregate value of Rs.45, 000 to four poor deaf students of Adarsh College and JSS Sahana School for Deaf for pursuing their further studies.The three Chief guests viz., Smt Tara,, MLC and Kannada film actress , Shri Dharma Kannada actor and Smt Malini, (Head) Customer Care of Titan Industries , distributed the awards , Titan watches, mementoes and certificates to the meritorious candidates.Speeches from the chief guests were inspiring as well as appealing.In sum, the entire event was outstanding in terms of purpose , arrangements and participation.

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74. Narayana Nethralaya,Bangalore commemorated the national eye donation fortnight. In this connection 'Drishti Santhe' was organised on the 30thof August,2015  (  between 10 A.M. and 7 P.M. ). Deaf artists of Foundation for Art & Culture for Deaf was  cordially invited to be part of this cause in variety of ways. Smt Radha, Smt Jyothy, Shri Lokesh and Smt Savithri took part in this programme.Shri Lokesh demonstrated by making pots etc to students while smt savithri demonstrated mehandi.Pots, Handicrafts and Paintings were exhibited and sold for their earnings.

Also there was a cultural event and other competitions through out the day for which students from various schools took part in.

Chief guests were 1. Shri Raghavendra Auradker,IPS, 2. Dr.K.Bhujang Shetty,Chairman and Managing Director,Narayana Nethralaya Hospital and 3. Shri Sekhar Naik,Captain, Blind Cricket Team.

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75. On the occassion of International Women's day FACD which turned 13 year old this year celebrated women's day by felicitating Physically challenged women in recognition of their achievements despite the challenge in various fields. The event also held an art exhibition by the hearing impaired artists. Taj Vivanta of the Taj group sponsored the venue and helped organize the program.

Sri.Ramakrishna, Sri. Sunder Raj Kannada Cine Artists along with Ms. Bharathi Magdum, National seceratary Bjp Mahila Morcha graced this occasion and felicitated the awardees.

The Awardees were very content and felt recognized which was the whole idea behind the program.

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76. FACD has some notable achievements to its credit. There two fashion-design students from JD Fashion & Technology College. They are Ms Vaishaki and Sonia Bohra.They received awards for the most Contemporary Collection for Working Women.In their paintings they have used engineered fabrics to represent patterns used by a Deaf Artist Ms Archana Thimmaraju of FACD. Through her fabrics ,Ms Archana conveyed her life message.

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77. Since 2004, Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf has been organising, year after year, Felicitation ceremonies to honour deaf students who have scored above 60% in SSLC / PUC exams.

This year too, 40 hearing impaired students were felicitated. The students were from various deaf schools / colleges in Mysore & Bangalore like Mercy school for deaf, Ranga school for deaf, Sunad school for deaf, R.V.Deaf school, Vagadevi deaf school and Adarsha college.

The function was held on the 04th of August, 2016 at Kannada Sahithya Parishat, Bangalore.

Chief guests were Prof.G.S.Siddalingaiah, (a noted Kannada poet), Smt Pramila Joshai, a film director & film actress and Shri Lingesh Babu, Head-customer service ,Titan Industries.

An Autistic student Shri Anirudha performed a wonderful dance titled "SHIVA" as part of invocation.

Mementos, certificates and watches were distributed to the meritorious candidates who are hearing impaired.

The chief guests, headmistress of Mercy school for deaf, Mysore and an award winning candidate from the Adarsha College delivered very powerful speeches. Everyone commended the sincere efforts being taken by FACD for the cause of hearing impaired.

The eventful function concluded with a vote of thanks.

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78. Invitation to participate in RC Deaf Missions Malaysia's Deaf Expressions - Art Exhibitions - 2016
(Saturday 10th September - Sunday 18th September, 2016).

Theme: Synergy in Art through Deaf Eyes.

Location: Concourse 2, Wangsa Walk Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Smt Archana and Smt Jyothy of Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf, Bangalore were invited to take part in this Expo.

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79. Kannada Sangha, Singapore invited foundation for art and culture for deaf to send hearing impaired artists to participate in international kannada cultural conference on the Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October 2016, at Singapore. The event was held at Singapore Polytechnic Convention centre.

Shri Rajiev, Shri Ravi kumar, Smt Radha, Smt Savithri and Smt Chitra were selected to represent Foundation For Art and Culture for Deaf in the event. They displayed various beautiful and attractive art works in the art exhibition which won a lot of appreciation and applause from everyone including a lot of VIPs and celebrities. A lot of people encouraged the artists by buying their art works.

This is the 5th time that FACD has had success in sending the hearing impaired artists abroad to help them gain publicity and also sell their beautiful art works.

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80. Many disabled women have defied all odds and accomplished great success in various fields and become inspirational leaders to many others. They have converted their weakness into success and shown that disability is a blessing and not a curse. They have made us so proud. Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf has selected 8 such achievers to be honoured on 2nd of April, 2017 at The Chancery Hotel, Bangalore.

Kum. Meghana, is one such brave, extraordinary girl, who achieved great success, and showered that disability is only state of mind. With her strong will power and dedication, she overcame her disability and showed that disability is not a word in her dictionary.

It is the people who show lack of inspiration, enthusiasm and do not attempt to achieve success are the ones who are really disabled. An art exhibition showcasing the creativity of differently abled people was also held on this day.

Various dignitaries who are leaders in their chosen profession, such as Shri Udaya Garudachar, Dr. Nagarathna, Dr. Raghuram and Kum. Manasa Joshi, graced this function. They praised the achievements of these differently abled persons and said that they were role models to our society, and they deserve a salute for their indomitable spirit.

























 
       
       
 

81. Kannada Sangha, Melbourne and Kannada Sangha, Sydney invited deaf artists of FACD to exhibit their artworks at both places for three days respectively in connection with International Kannada conference held from 10.05.201 to 16.05.2017.

Shri Rajiev, deaf artist of Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf was selected to attend conference and also participate in art exhibition and was in charge of stall where paintings and handicrafts of Smt Radha and Smt Chitra (both deaf artists) were exhibited.

Surprisingly many delegates, VIPs, Celebrities who attended conferences at Melbourne and Sydney supported deaf artists by purchasing handicrafts and paintings and appreciated and congratulated Foundation for Art and Culture for deaf.

Both govt representatives MLC and MLA who attended conferences as chief guests purchased handicrafts and paintings also and wished FACD all the success.

This is the sixth time FACD has had success in sending deaf artists abroad to help them gain publicity and also sell their beautiful art works.

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