And when this grand canvas, our life, is finished,
may the world in some small way or large way, be a better place
– Robert Regis Dvorak
“You are the community now. Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.” ― Gautama Buddha
Problem solving essentially needs creative minds as it gives us the ability to see the whole. Here I am trying to change the nature of the problem. In order to do that firstly I had to increase the no. of people who know the problem and then increase the number of people who know the solution.
My main area of work is in bridging the development deficits. In the space that I am working in the landscape is such that two things need to be done, first create opportunity and secondly enabling additional possibilities. Every community has a role to play. A community becomes an Institution of Care, an Institution of Learning and an Institution of Possibilities and Opportunities.
Exploring creativity through arts based forms in a community setup acts as a catalyst for healing and learning. It is a way for one to grow and become sensitive to the beauty of nature, of social values and aesthetic aspects of life as a whole. The Arts rightfully are the community’s own resource that allows a viable model in bringing about change for ALL.
In our endeavour towards empowering our children, making places as accessible as possible for all and helping the world to become a more inclusive, more disability confident society, I feel that every community has to join hands and tread this path with each other. A community of people who can join hands, share stories, offer solution, help each other or simply offer services at a cost, every little bit of this is needed for this community to lead a life of acceptance.
My attempt is to bring together people for all walks of life to build this inclusive community. My work has focused largely on special populations, care givers and everyone who wishes to contribute towards building an inclusive society. It could be cleaning a lake, painting a wall, travelling telling stories; all of these have been instrumental in bringing people together and aspiring to do their bit.
A window into the small steps taken in travelling with stories to communities : Communities