Art and the business sense
With an aim to empower their art with business skills, 12 artisans from Somaiya Kala Vidya in Kutch, Gujarat have graduated from the newly-launched course, Business and Management for Artisans. The first batch comprises artists such as a Rabari embroiderer, an Ajrakh artist and a Bandhani artist.
The first batch of the Business and Management for Artisans course at Somaiya Kala Vidya
Judy Frater, who is the founder of Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, a school for traditional artisans in Kutch, has also founded the course.
A Black Bandhini saree by one of the students of the Business and Management of Artisans course
The artisans’ works have had myriad inspirations such as the date palms of Kutch, a 19th century dargah, butterflies, the artist Van Gogh and will be on display starting today. These works are a result of their year-long course. Frater will give an illustrated presentation about the progress of the artisans as well. The exhibition will also include Chai with Artisans sessions where the creators will give presentations, and share their future plans while being open to discussion.
Till: December 6, daily presentations at 4 pm
At: Artisans’, Kala Ghoda.