Mumbai: Learn age-old crafts of India at this unique festival in the city

Jan 11, 2018, 13:30 IST | Vihakha Dugar

Try your hand at learning age-old crafts of India at the two-day festival of Vividha

Pheroza Godrej and Dr Anita Rane Kothare at Vividha Bahuli 2017
Pheroza Godrej and Dr Anita Rane Kothare at Vividha Bahuli 2017

Art has been one of the most important forms in preserving the cultural heritage of India. However, over the decades, there has been a shift in interest levels, leading to some crafts getting obsolete and on the verge of extinction. In an endeavour to safeguard such forms, the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology (AIHCA) at St Xavier’s College organises an annual festival called Vividha that aims to promote the heritage of not just India but the world.

Beginning today, the two-day festival celebrates the theme of Kalotsav, with an aim to revive the dying crafts of India through a range of workshops along with an exhibition by the craftsmen of the country. “Today, nobody is willing to buy handicrafts; young generations do not want to pursue the crafts of their forefathers which is a threat for the entire community, and to India, in general. So we are providing a platform to craftsman to showcase their art along with organising workshops for students and other enthusiasts over two days”, explains Dr Anita Rane Kothare, head of the department.

School children interact with the exhibits at the festival
School children interact with the exhibits at the festival

The first day will hold workshops on batik printing by eminent artist Tutu Sengupta, and miniature paintings by Manish Soni along with sessions on lac bangles and pottery making. The second day includes a blindfold workshop by Siddhant Shah where participants will learn to use the power of the other four senses to paint. Dr Kothare adds that the exhibition will highlight the ancient art textile art from Gujarat called Mata ni Pachedi besides offering delicacies from Nagpur, and specialties from Parsi cuisine.

Till : January 12, 9 am onwards
At : St Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, Fort.
Call : 9930482036
Entry : Rs.150 for workshops

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