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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 99-103

Taare Zameen Par and dyslexic savants


Department of Neurology, Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences, Kolkata, India

Correspondence Address:
Ambar Chakravarty
Department of Neurology, Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences, Kolkata
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.53077

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The film Taare Zameen Par (Stars upon the Ground) portrays the tormented life at school and at home of a child with dyslexia and his eventual success after his artistic talents are discovered by his art teacher at the boarding school. The film hints at a curious neurocognitive phenomenon of creativity in the midst of language disability, as exemplified in the lives of people like Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein, both of whom demonstrated extraordinary creativity even though they were probably affected with developmental learning disorders. It has been hypothesized that a developmental delay in the dominant hemisphere most likely 'disinhibits' the nondominant parietal lobe, unmasking talents-artistic or otherwise-in some such individuals. It has been suggested that, in remedial training, children with learning disorders be encouraged to develop such hidden talents to full capacity, rather than be subjected to the usual overemphasis on the correction of the disturbed coded symbol operations.


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