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Life may not give you much to choose from but you can always choose to be happy

9 years old Aastha suffers from muscular dystrophy and has been on a wheelchair for the past few years. But that does not prevent her from wielding a pencil and a paint brush. She loves to paint and is extremely good at it too.

Like Aastha there are more than 450 inmates at Ashadaan- a home for differently abled and destitute children and adults. Abandoned by their families, most of these children suffer from various degrees of disabilities like muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, mental retardation etc.

On June 4, 2017, Debabrata Auro Foundation conducted a painting workshop for these differently abled children. Their eyes lit up the moment they saw colors, and the excitement in the air was palpable. Art uplifts the state of mind and helps to heal at the deepest levels. In the three hours that we spent painting with these kids we could feel their enthusiasm and vivacity. It was heartening to see that though life has not given these children much to choose from, they have made the choice to be happy. Ultimate happiness can be experienced when we extend a helping hand to others and being doctors, we understand this better than anyone else.

We thank our partners – Hobby Ideas and Mr. Mandeep Singh Kandra for donating colours and canvas for this Art Workshop. Special thanks to artist Kishori Kadam for her time. Love to Dr Sargam Dev Soni, Sangeen Kakkad and Somita Pal for supporting our cause.

Thank you Puneet Sabhlok, Ponsey Varghese and Rupali Walawalkar for coming forward and buying some of these masterpieces. These are very special and precious as these children can barely keep their hands steady due to various neurological disorders.

If any of you wish to support their cause and buy any of the paintings made by these lovely children please visit Many of these paintings have been sold already and the money raised will be used for buying rain shoes and text books for these children. The event was covered by and Mumbai Mirror on June 7, 2017.

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