Scultopr Arzan Khambatta has always showed a keen interest in working with children. He conducts workshops for kids every three months and invites them to his studio every now and then. He’s even participated in a lot of charity auctions and associated himself with various causes. Now, with the Akanksha Foundation, the versatile sculptor has created an interactive installation as part of the ongoing Joy of Giving Week celebrations.
Says Khambatta, “I was approached by the foundation to do an interactive piece with their students. I took the word ‘interactive’ seriously and to another level.” The installation has been created by hanging buckets with holes above canvasses covered with stencils. The children can fill the buckets with paint and swing them over the canvas, splattering the paint below.
“Every painting that comes out of it is something created by the children themselves; something they can be a part of,” smiles Khambatta, adding, “It’s always exciting for me to try something I haven’t done before. The children are having a ball. I go there for a few hours everyday and have fun with the machine. The paintings are on sale too, although I am not involved with that aspect.”
Joy of Giving Week
Started in 2009, the Joy of Giving Week is a festival of philanthropy celebrated across the country. Endorsing the idea of giving – money, time, resources and skills, the festive coincides with Gandhi Jayanthi and features many from the corporate, NGO, government sector as well as the general public. Sportsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, actors Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and corporate honchos like Adi Godrej, Kumar Birla, Narayana Murthy have undertaken efforts to create awareness and raise funds through various initiatives held during this week.