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A collage to mark International Left-Handers Day

On the occasion of the second anniversary of the World Famous Left Hander Museum at Big Foot, Loutolim, a collage will be created today with over 3000 handprints of left-handed people from all over the world. NT BUZZ gets more details

RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT BUZZ

Left-handed people today make up around 10 per cent of the world population, as per studies. Yet this section of people continues to face some difficulty with regards to finding equipment and tools, most of which are suited for right handed people.

And while, the way society views them has definitely undergone much of a change over the years, there are still myths attached to lefties.

Thus, to create awareness about the stigma associated with left-handedness and for people to know more about successful lefties across the globe, World Famous Left Hander Museum at Big Foot, Loutolim was set up in 2017, on International Left-Handers Day (celebrated on August 13 annually). It was started by founder and president of the Indian Left Hander Club based in Aurangabad, Sandeip Vishnoi.

The museum has a total of 21 statues, including successful Indian and international personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, etc. Vishnoi says that their aim is to put 100 statues of eminent personalities. To celebrate its second anniversary today, a collage will be created with over 3000 handprints of left-handed people from all over the world.

Founder, Big Foot, Mahendra Alvares says: “We have got hand prints of different left-handers and their extended family from all over the world who visited our museum. On August 13, we will be making a collage of these prints on a left hand created on the floor which is of 15 feet by 30 feet.” He adds that the preparations for this event started in October 2018 on Gandhi Jayanti.

Prints have been collected from all 29 states, plus the union territories.

Alvares further informs that they plan to have a similar event including handprints, for example: a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi to mark his 150th birth anniversary this October.

Apart from this, at the August 13 event (which begins at 4:30 p.m.) a few left-handed people from Loutolim will be felicitated.

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