“The idea is to reach a space and point of reference which they can connect to and are also familiar with. So, I made them visualize a temple, its architecture, the parikrama, and then made them touch lines, helping them form shapes, like squares and rectangles, which the artist had created on canvas, to give them a feel of the work and the artist’s inspirations,” said Shah, who took the students through 12 paintings.

Associating the sense of smell and sound to explain the many elements of a work, be it a peacock, a woman wearing gajra, the smell of sweet as well as wild flowers, rough parts of a tree. “They loved feeling the features of a face, and connecting the works with their own life and experiences,” added Shah.

Source: Visually-challenged kids touch, smell paintings at art exhibition in Chandigarh | The Indian Express

Random sensory quotes

There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.

— Robert Oppenheimer