With the support of Sarmaya, heritage architect and access consultant Siddhant Shah has designed a program that allows art to be explored through all the senses. DASTAK stands for Disability Awareness and Sensitization Through Art Knowledge. Besides making our collection accessible to those with special needs, the project also serves to raise awareness in mainstream schools and colleges of the unique challenges faced by this population.
DASTAK will interpret heritage and art objects from the Sarmaya collection in creative and innovative ways for children, young adults and even professionals. Ten works from our museum have been used to create Braille-Tactile reproductions and a Braille book. These were used to great success during a tactile walk held at the Pustaka Bookaroo festival in Malaysia in 2017 and during the college festival, Vividha 2018, at St Xavier’s Mumbai.