Having recently curated a show at Gallery BMB in Fort, graphic artist Divya Thakur has now turned her sights on training the next generation. Organising an art workshop for school students, with the same ‘Animania’ theme that she explored in her exhibition, Thakur hopes to rekindle an interest in the arts.
Recruiting a team of international artists, including Christian Montenegro and Leandro Castelao from Argentina, Thakur uses animals venerated in Indian mythology.
“We plan to give kids crayons, pens and paper and ask them to create things with us. We didn’t want to make it a listening class, instead have them participate,” says Thakur, adding, “These kids have the aptitude, but they need guided instruction.”
The one-and-a-half-hour long class will be followed by a free class the next day for the kids of Akanksha. Speaking on her theme, she adds, “We wanted to bridge the gap between our mythological past and our future, which will be brighter.”
Apart from the workshop, Thakur’s company Design temple aims has pledged 10 per cent of the proceeds of Animania-related goods, especially from their product line created for Good Earth, to an NGO called Wildlife SOS, which works towards animal rescue and rehabilitation. “The reason we decided to do this is because we believe we should be able to make a tangible difference through this effort and relish the pleasure having saved a traumatized elephant or a hunted tiger”, adds Divya.