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Set up by a Chennai-based non-governmental organisation Mukti, the centre has an art gallery where paintings of the physically disabled would be displayed. Studio facilities for the disabled who do not have resources to develop their talents in painting and sculpture has also been provided at the centre constructed at a cost of Rs 70 lakhs.
Leading artists, whose work would be displayed at the gallery, would also use the facilities. The proceeds would go to helping the disabled artists. Inter-active sessions-cum-art workshops would be conducted every month.
Inaugurating the centre on Sunday, the Pondicherry Lt. Governor, K.R. Malkani, suggested that NGOs like Mukti could serve the disabled in war-torn countries like Iraq. Lauding the efforts of Mukti, Mr. Malkani also gave a cheque for Rs. 10,000 to sponsor callipers for ten persons.
The Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Secretary, C.K. Gariyali, suggested that Mukti organise camps in Villupuram and Cuddalore districts and also diversify their service to persons with other disabilities.
Mukti was a pioneer in manufacturing and providing prosthetics and Jaipur limbs free of cost, and that they were the ones to introduce lightweight and low cost Jaipur foot in South India, she said.
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