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कलाBORATE

Let’s weave together the frayed edges to rebuild our tapestry.

The name ‘कलाborate’ is made up of two words: ‘कला’, which means ‘art’ in Hindi, and ‘collaborate’, as in to work together.

This project that we are starting is one that combines these two aspects of Indian art and expression and community effort.

COVID-19 has had devastating impacts on many different industries but has affected traditional Indian artisans worse than most. The government hasn’t provided them with the basic food rations that they require for survival, and there is not much availability of raw materials. In addition, their sales during this pandemic have decreased drastically, and as workers who live on a wage-to-wage basis, this time has not been easy on them at all.

Organisations such as Creative Dignity, which is working with multiple NGOs such as EkiBeki and Vimor, are helping them by raising funds that will go towards buying rations and raw materials for the artisans.

As the BIS Student Government, we are encouraging students not only to donate to these meaningful causes, but to make a connection to the cause which they are donating to in order to understand Indian arts and culture. On this website, we will be posting videos and images of our students dancing, singing, creating artwork, cooking, and more that has been inspired by Indian culture. Our goal is to promote an understanding and appreciation for Indian arts and the work of these Indian artisans within the students, and hence encourage donations to this cause.

We hope that you play your part in preserving our culture by donating to these causes and buying artwork from the artisans.

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Creative Dignity

CreativeDignity is an unprecedented national movement of India’s leading artisan skill-based development organisations and master artisans in response to the devastating effects of the Covid 19 pandemic on millions of rural artisan manufacturers across India.

 

They aim to raise INR 10 crores for immediate relief to over 1,00,000 artisans and their families, many of them in remote rural and tribal areas across 30 states. A donation of Rs. 1,000 can augment nutrition for a family of artisans for an entire month.

 

The BIS  Student Government has pledged to support this cause. 

We request you to contribute today to ensure survival of our most marginalised and remote communities.

We have also partnered with Campaign Gratitude which is a platform started by a few individuals including a BIS Alum that leverages crowdfunding to raise funds for key Causes.

Campaign Gratitude has CSR Donors such as RBL Bank, E&Y, Swiggy, Pepperfry etc. who will “Match” the funds raised equally (with a ceiling) which will double the impact!

Student's कलाborate

BIS has come together to showcase work inspired by Indian art and culture.

Artists कलाborate

Interviews and catalogues of Indian artists...

Meet the craftspeople and their mind-blowing work! From Pattachitra, from West Bengal, to Warli, from Maharashtra, Rogan art, from Kutch, to Gond, from Madhya Pradesh, there is something special here for everyone!

 

Indian artists and artisans have suffered terribly due to COVID 19. By buying their work you are saving them from starvation and poverty, and their beautiful art forms from dying out and bringing a touch of our stunning heritage into your house. 

 

So go through the catalogues and listen to the stories each artist has spun with every careful brushstroke.

Pattachitra

Pattachitra art is known for its bright colours and portrayal of Indian mythology. It is believed to go back to the 12th century. 

Warli

Warli is a type of folk art that shows understanding and balance between nature and man. It is one of the oldest forms of Indian art, and uses circles, triangles and squares to represent elements of nature. 

Copper Enamel

Copper enamel is an ancient style of craft where glass is fused onto the copper surface to create bright colours.

Chethan Gangavane

Chetan Gangavane is a
Chitrakathi artist and puppet
maker in Pingule village,
Konkan. His family has been in
this profession for 7-8
generations.

Sanjay Parhad

Sanjay Parhad is a Warli artist from Palghar. 

Chitrakathi Art

Chitrakathi paintings portray stories from the
Mahabharat and other mythologies. This art form has been practiced by the
Konkan for 500 years. Traditionally, storytellers would
display the pictures, sing and narrate ancient tales.

Rupsona

Rupsona, from Mirzapur, has been painting Pattachitra art since her childhood.

Gond

Gond art is found in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa. The Gond people go back almost 1400 years. Nature often inspires Gond artists. Gond is known for its bright colours and dots and dashes within precise outlines. 

Choti Tekam

Choti Tekam is a Gond artist from Bhopal who has been practising her art for seventeen years. 

Sanjay Patil

Sanjay Patil is a copper enamel

artisan who lives in Alibag. He has been making copper enamel pieces for nearly 40 years now.

Rogan Art

Rogan art is practiced mainly in Kutch.
Traditionally, it was used for bridalwear. Rogan
involves paint on cloth, and is colourful, intricate
and beautiful.

Rizwan Khatri

Rizwan Khatri is a Rogan artist.
His family has practiced this art
for 8 generations.

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