Challenging Disabilities with Hand Block Printing – Life Story of ChimayAbility India
Mr Chinmay Nitin Joshi is a 27 years old differently abled adult pursuing his passion in hand block printing. He was born premature and had low blood sugar on 2nd day of birth. This has led to hypoglycemic infarct on left side of his brain that is, some part of his left brain is not functioning. He has right hand and foot weakness, bitemporal field defects (inability to see on left side with left eye and right side with right eye), learning disability with dysgraphia, dyscalculia. Despite of these disabilities, he has pursued his education through National Open School from Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School ,Vashi and Open University to complete his BCom degree. After this, he developed immense interest in hand block printing which he learnt under an able guidance of Mrs Shyamala Rao, a dedicated teacher from Mulund, Mumbai. He has also completed a certificate course in hand block printing from Dayalbagh Institute and has taken guidance from artisans from Jaipur. At present,he has set up his own block printing unit in New Panvel, Maharashtra with his parents’help and is getting orders for bedsheets,bags, dupattas,stoles from close contacts and online from facebook and Instagram.He has ambition to expand his profession to help other persons with disabilities.
The Happiness quotient goes up by several notches when Chinmay and mother Dr Sangita come to print ! A specially -abled young gentleman, Chinmay has worked especially hard at this craft, and with the love and support of his mother , he is now financially independent, and has even earned international recognition and kudos !! Says his teacher Mrs. Shyamala.
His teacher Mrs. Shyamala also mentioned – I first met Chinmay about two years ago, when he came with his parents , looking to brush up his Block-printing techniques. He was a shy youngster, and I was touched by his sincerity, his deep respect for elders, eagerness to learn, his absolute one – pointed fondness towards this craft which bordered on devotion ! Over the next few sessions his work improved by leaps and bounds – at the printing table he was all attention, asking me to point out how and where he could improve , and paying complete attention to the little details and remembering all that he was taught. He used to jot down points which he felt useful. As a teacher I have met so many who have been eager to learn and have become technically good, but I have never experienced so much fulfillment and joy as I have experienced in our sessions with Chinmay and his mother Sangita . When I heard from Sangitaji that his work is being appreciated and that he is today more confident and cheerful, that was the happiest day in my life.
Chinmay is a role model for persons with disabilities, how with family support and guidance one can make the best use of one’s strengths and lead a fulfilling life . God Bless Chinmay and lead him to greater heights. I feel blessed to have met him and interacted with him and his beautiful works.
By: Chinmay Nitin Joshi