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The Sound Of Sound

After 62 years, artist Satish Gujral regains his powers of hearing

THE poet Iqbal dreamt of a world of stillness that could be the envoy of speech. Painter, sculptor and architect Satish Gujral dreamt. And found the reverse of Iqbal's dream. On June 13 this year, Gujral, one of India's foremost artists, regained his powers of hearing after 62 years of silence. Deaf since the age of 10, after he accidentally fell into a turbulent river, the 72-year-old artist says: "I may or may not get back what is called normal sound. But just entry into the world of sound is something like being born again."

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