Entrepreneur Smriti Nagpal recognized for encouraging deaf artists in India

Smriti Nagpal, a 25-year-old entrepreneur, is in the list of the 100 inspirational women for 2015 by the TV channel, BBC.

Nagpal is the youngest Indian woman to be featured on the list.

She is the brain behind Atulyakala, a social enterprise that provides business opportunities for deaf artists.

Deaf artists are able to sell their products through Atulyakala. This helps them become independent and motivates them to continue with their work.

Nagpal has two siblings, a brother and a sister, who are both deaf. So, she was introduced to sign language at a young age.

Nagpal used to help her siblings communicate with others by acting as their sign language interpreter.

She also became a part of the morning bulletin for deaf people on Doordarshan while in college.

Through Atulyakala, Smriti has touched the lives of deaf artists and provided them much needed exposure.

Atulyakala works in three main areas.

• Deaf artists can sell products such as mugs and bags.

• Clients can also place special requests for design projects.

• Spreading design projects about sign language through workshops, videos, and other resources.

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