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He scripts poetry with clay as odds fail to put him down

Down’s Syndrome, low muscle tone, short-term memory loss — none of these could not deter Shourya to give expression to his creativity.

gurgaon Updated: Sep 15, 2012 00:52 IST
Himabindu Reddy

Down’s Syndrome, low muscle tone, short-term memory loss — none of these could not deter Shourya to give expression to his creativity.

Shourya Mehrotra, 24, with special needs, discovered his passion for clay at the age of 18 years.

It was in South Africa when his parents realised his inclination towards the art. He studied the art form at Lakefarm, a facility that provides workshops in vocational courses.

“Under the guidance of trainers there, he started making structures,” said Neena Mehrotra, Shourya’s mother.

His works were exhibited in the Gurgaon Art Festival — Fall of 2012 — at Epicentre.

“Shourya is fond of giving shape to faces. One of his works is an adaptation of his father’s face. Due to his weak muscles, he finds it difficult to handle clay, but loves playing with it,” she said.

“When he was a child, he loved painting. But all he did was scribbled. He loves red,” added Neena.

Shourya, a resident of Sushant Lok, first exhibited his works — My Take — in Bangkok in 2011.

They depicted his perception towards the world and people around him. His first artworks comprised clocks and medals. He made so many of them that his instructors suggested him to exhibit them. “In a year, Shourya will display more of his work,” said Neena.