Mumbai: To celebrate the diverse forms of arts and crafts in India, Tata Trusts launches 'Kalapana', a specially curated festival featuring lead performing artists and craftsmen. 'Kalapana' provides an otherwise inaccessible platform in metro cities to showcase the talents of groups and organisations that are supported by Tata Trusts in their effort to preserve, promote and perpetuate contemporary and traditional art practices and craft forms from across the country. 'Kalapana' offers a unique opportunity for city dwellers to experience time-honored traditions and provide them with easy access to a treasure trove of culture. The two-day event will kick-off on the lawns of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) in Kala Ghoda and will showcase three performing arts as well as 10 craft organizations from different parts of the country.
The participating performing arts organisations include Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (Contemporary Dance) from Bangalore; Dhrupad Sansthan (Indian Classical Music) from Bhopal; and NINASAM (Theatre) from Shimoga District in Karnataka. Heritage craft forms such as Handloom Weaving, Embroideries, Leather craft, Dhokra Metal, Natural Fiber Craft, and Folk Art among others, will be exhibited at the venue.
The Media, Arts, Crafts and Culture portfolio of Tata Trusts concentrates attention on conserving India's heritage and those who embody it and has focused on three main areas — conservation-related projects, encouraging traditional and contemporary forms of performing arts and helping to sustain livelihoods based on crafts and more recently has worked in the area of art education.
"Kalapana was conceived as a two-way celebration", says Deepika Sorabjee, Head, Media, Arts and Culture, Tata Trusts, "To show the work of all the organisations and artists supported, by Tata Trusts and how these choices are made. Hopefully, this Kalapana – imagination - will grow in many ways, but in this first event, performing arts and craft are highlighted. Theatre rooted in language and community, Dhrupad passed on to a new generation that has taken roots not only in the country but around the world, and contemporary dance that has harnessed the talents of a newer generation in India, are the three presentations this time. This multiplicity of art forms is apt – it is the portfolio's intent in reaching out to precarious traditions as well as seeking innovative new forms. 'Imagine the arts', is Kalapana's byline, that asks the audience and patrons of art, to participate with the artists and the Trusts, to imagine a more involved engagement with the diversity of arts that we are so privileged to have in our country."
'Kalapana' will also showcase a carefully curated group of craft organisations who have worked passionately in remote outposts of the country to revive and contemporize some of India's finest handicrafts. Through persistent efforts and support from Tata Trusts, these organizations have supported artisans on design development, production techniques and marketing to reverse the exploitative impact of traders and secure dignified incomes for artisans.
"The intent," said Reshma Anand, Head Strategy, Partnerships and Crafts, "through this event is to establish a platform for artisans to connect with craft patrons, share their stories and their inspiration for their signature designs. The trend towards sustainable, local products in an increasingly globalised world has opened significant possibilities for artisanal products crafted in India. 'Kalapana' is the Trusts' contribution to this movement".
Speaking on the importance of preservation and awareness on these arts and crafts, Tara Sabavala, Associate Director- Tata Trusts said, "For Tata Trusts support of the Arts has not only been a part of the mandate defined by the founders, but intrinsic to building communities in a holistic way; our interventions are designed not only to preserve our rich heritage but also to integrate art into the present and learn from the past in order to define the future."
'Kalapana' will be showcased on January 7th and 8th at the picturesque Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) in Kala Ghoda. Passes for free entry will be available at the following locations:
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Tata Trusts is amongst India's oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations that work in several areas of community development. Since its inception, Tata Trusts has played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of philanthropy to make impactful sustainable change in the lives of the communities served. Through direct implementation, co-partnership strategies and grant making, the Trusts support and drive innovation in the areas of education; healthcare and nutrition; rural livelihoods; natural resources management; enhancing civil society and governance and media, arts, crafts and culture. Tata Trusts continue to be guided by the principles of its Founder, Jamsetji Tata and through his vision of proactive philanthropy, the Trusts catalyse societal development while ensuring that initiatives and interventions have a contemporary relevance to the nation.
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