Our west facing windows were making it too hot in the day..but not till my Dad came into stay for a couple of days…He used his paper cutting skills..and pasted brown papers on the glass windows…See the results yourself..the sunlight now still comes in..but ever so delicately..and also artistically..and guess what…now we love the sunlight..!
Holi festival this year came up with interesting options for us! Kaumudi was busy creating the 2D animation on this theme. Therefore, I got busy with a long pending painting and we indeed enjoyed our creations. Hope you enjoy them too!
- Kaumudi’s animation: As mentioned in my earlier posts, Kaumudi is creating a series of 2D animations for the homepage of a project website. The current one being the month of colourful holi, she has created this brand new animation..! It shows the two characters spraying colours on each other..! Check the animation on this website: www.dwibhashi.org
- My painting is inspired by the symbol of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, which shows a cuckoo on the tabla. I thought of creating a canvas on this theme. I have completed almost 70% of the painting, and here is the sneak-peak of that.
Almost a year back, Shri Surendra Dighe (Dighe Kaka as he is affectionately called), met me along with Ashay regarding a new project proposal for his Jidnyasa Trust. This trust has been a front runner in Thane for creating awareness among children about Science. They wanted to work in the area of Science education issues encountered by the students who are hearing impaired.
With the encouraging support of Arvind Gupta and his (free) content available on Toys from Trash, we got in to the creation. Kintel Inc. (by Ashay Sahasrabudhe), was the agency shortlisted for this, since they specialize in accessible content creation.
As a past of this project, Jidnyasa had organised a 3 day workshop for the teachers of these schools at Palghar (District Thane), and invited me to deliver a lecture on use of ICT. I was excited to interact with the 30+ teachers from the similar schools from Thane district, who had come for this workshop. Before I started my lecture, all the teachers greeted me with the welcome gesture in sign language!In between the session, Ashay saw that two-three students were trying to sneak and see what was happening in the hall. We requested them to come inside, and played one of the videos. After one video was over, I asked the teacher to interact with the students and get some feedback about the video. We all were surprised when we saw him, explaining the entire experiment (along with the concept), using the sign language!
It was indeed a satisfying moment, since our video spoke to him who is hearing impaired. It also made him explain us the concept and the process of this experiment using his language!
This in my view was an auspicious beginning of a silent communication channel for science popularization. We will be sharing the videos soon!