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Children?s workshop on dying crafts

RAJEEV SINGH of Shivam Foundation firmly believes that rural and tribal craft forms on terracotta, cloth, wood and jute have a vast scope for artistic alterations and innovations.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 00:54 IST

RAJEEV SINGH of Shivam Foundation firmly believes that rural and tribal craft forms on terracotta, cloth, wood and jute have a vast scope for artistic alterations and innovations. 

He is going to conduct a month- long craft-designing workshop at Bharat Bhavan from today to experiment with these forms. The workshop is being conducted in collaboration with the Tribal Welfare Department and CRISP.  “The workshop is only a beginning of my mission to bring awareness regarding the dying crafts and I hope that more and more people would come forward to participate in it,” he says.

A well-known theatre artiste and musician, Rajeev, attached to the renowned Rangadhar theatre group for over a decade, also finds the field of craft captivating.

It is saddening to see the art forms that are an inseparable part of our civilisation being killed by our own kind, he lamented. “I wish to revive the diminishing art styles like ‘chhapa’ and restore public interest in them,” explains Rajeev.
About 100 children- some schoolgoing, some dropouts and others, who have never attended school— would participate in the vocational workshop.  Rajeev strongly believes that 60 per cent of the participants of the workshop would take up the art professionally and it’s a ‘good beginning’.

In addition to creating awareness, the workshop would also make every possible effort to create a market for these crafts and give a professional break to artistes and designers.