Sunday, September 06, 2009

Hearing impaired since birth, teacher gives art lessons to special children

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Vadodara It is only silence and colours that reign the classroom when Nipa Kakadia (22) holds painting classes for the hearing impaired children.

A graduate from M S University’s Faculty of Fine Arts with major in painting, Nipa is herself a hearing impaired.

Though she aims to organise her own painting exhibitions some day, but being a teacher comes naturally to her.

She started teaching right after passing out from the college this June. When asked how she feels like being a teacher, she scribbles on a sheet of paper, “I never thought I will become a teacher, but it is good. I do not feel bored.”

As students surround her desk with their respective works, she points out the errors in some and exclaims at the perfection in others.

“These students understand more easily and communicate more comfortably with me. They are very enthusiastic and expressive in their paintings,” she says.

Originally from Junagadh, Nipa has now made Vadodara her home. Her father, Jivraj Kakadia, says: “She has been in Vadodara since her college days. Though she can come back home, I feel she likes staying in Vadadara, as her work and the students in the school keep her busy.”