India, with its centuries-old heritage and multifarious influences, has always had a powerful art scene. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is offering visitors a unique opportunity to learn traditional Indian arts from masters of the trade.
In collaboration with Paramparik Karigar, an organisation that works towards reviving native art forms, the museum will be hosting a series of workshops on various traditional arts and crafts from Tuesday, August 27, to Saturday, September 7. Participants will get to try their hand at age-old crafts such as miniature and Madhubani painting, Bagru and block-printing, and also some relatively newer ones such as Patta Shilp (from Madhya Pradesh), painted Kutchchi pottery, Kalamkari painting, Pichhwai (intricate paintings from Rajasthan depicting Krishna), Shibori (tie-dye form influenced by Japanese technique) and many others.
What’s more, these workshops are being organised by master craftsmen, all well-known in their field. The miniature paintings workshop will be conducted by Shri Shakir Ali, a Padma Shri recipient and a National Award winner. Similarly, the Kalamkari workshop will be conducted by Shilp Guru Gurappa Chetty, another Padma Shri recipient. The Shibori and Bagru-printing workshop will be conducted by National Award winners Badshah Miyan and Lal Chand Chhippa.
Elaborating on the reason behind organising such workshops, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, director general of the museum, says, “Over the years, many of these traditional handicrafts, which once flourished in India, are slowly dying. It is important to revive them, and these classes organised by experts in the field will help do that.”
He further adds, “The idea is also to support these craftsmen and give them a platform to display their talents.” The workshops have limited seats, which will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.