Open art competition for differently abled held

Open art competition for differently abled held
Winners with judges and organisers of Hornbill Festival open art competition for differently abled person on December 7 at The Heritage, Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent Dimapur, Dec 7 | Publish Date: 12/7/2019 11:55:42 AM IST

 Hornbill Festival open art competition for differently abled person was held on December 7 at the Heritage, Old DC Bungalow, Kohima under the theme "Green Environment".   The programme was organised by Tribal Vision in collaboration with Nagaland Tourism and in partnership with Imprint.  

Guest speaker, commissioner for persons with disabilities, Diethono Nakhro thanked the Tribal Vision for making the effort to conduct an event for young people with disabilities. Taking cognizant of the numerous events happening this Hornbill Festival all over the place like musical events, drawing, painting and singing competitions for all age groups, Nakhro questioned on why all these events are not made inclusive for both disabled and non-disabled person. 

Lamenting on the reports about the events held separately for disabled and non-disabled person, she said that this was because the society is still very exclusive. She also questioned why person with disability and people without disability still not able to compete and have fun side by side.

The questions I ask today and the points that I want to underline are not targeted at them – I’m putting out some food for thought for our society as a whole, our govt, our departments, civil society leaders, and so on, she stated. 

“Disability is still seen as something that has to be kept apart and separated – it is still seen as something that cannot be included in regular activities” she stated.

Nakhro also agreed on the fact that to put inclusion into practice one definitely has to make that little extra effort and walk that little extra mile, however, “As long as we continue dismissing inclusion as too difficult or too expensive task, we continue to dismissed the disability community as third class citizens”.

Nakhro was however excited to learn that this event is happening where children with disabilities can also be a part of the festival and sincerely lauded Tribal Vision for organising it, but at the same time called out the authorities and the organisers of various activities at this festive time and also at all other times to discontinue this mindset of exclusivity. 

Delivering welcome address, Tribal Vision chairman, Shurhuveyi Tetseo informed that the purpose of this competition is to bring specially abled /differently abled persons to showcase their talents and to give platform to them.  

Altogether, 14 participants competed in the competition, wherein Amenuo Khoubve won the first prize followed by Nokmachier L. Jamie as second and Suveinai Sevaroleko as 3rd respectively. 

Consolation prizes were also awarded to Gwachilo Seb, Wikimkamliu Newmai and Kelhouletuonuo Dzuvichu.

Earlier, the program was blessed with invocation by SBCK assistant pastor, Shenato Assumi and vote of thanks was proposed by Abel Assumi. 

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