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MANIPAL: School of Communication organised the ‘Namma Angadi’ pre-event by holding six workshops from March 1-3. The purpose was to raise money for the main event of Namma Angadi that is set to happen on March 8-10. It is a chance to increase awareness about dying cultural art forms and raise money for local artisans who sell their products at Namma Bhoomi.
Shivanand Shetty, associate director of Namma Bhoomi and co-ordinator of Namma Angadi, said that allowing students to do carpenting will “give them exposure in this trade, even though it is highly difficult to learn in one day”. He also mentions the lack of craft classes in schools as they are now focused on academic skills like reading and writing. He emphasises the need to promote carpenting skills among students like nailing or drilling, as “it is a life skill”. || Photograph Courtesy: Aparna Shankar
‘Toy from Trash’ was a pre-event where children had to turn bits of trash materials into toys like puppets. Scrap items like bottle caps, disposable bottles, paper, toothpaste boxes, matchboxes, pens, and string were used. Ms. Pallavi Behra led the event by stressing the need to reduce our daily consumption to the participants, who were children. Ms. Behra also runs a children’s library called Purple Space which holds activites of reducing, reusing and recycling waste. || Photograph Courtesy: Tanya Arora
A near-extinct form of painting from coastal Karnataka, Kaavi Painting is when lime plaster is added with some ingredients on red stone mud. After is it applied, the wet mud is etched with a steel board. Kaavi Art is seen on temples, commercial buildings, churches, masjids, and monumental structures. Freelance artist Jnerdhan Rao Havanje documented 700 plus sights from Goa to Mangalore where Kaavi Art buildings were demolished. Even though the method of Kaavi painting in the workshop was different, Havanje earnestly believes that making students engage in the art is the first step towards spreading awareness. He believed that the Kaavi Painting can thrive again by conducting more workshops and bringing more artisans, even though there seems to be a lack of the latter in recent times. || Photograph Courtesy: Aparna Shankar
With a strength of 40 participants, pottery received the highest response of all the pre events. There were two persons from Namma Bhoomi: Chandra, who was helping the participants and Raghuram, who was making the pottery. Participants huddled in a big group and laughed their time away making small pieces, ranging from people and animals to pots and mugs. || Photograph Courtesy: Tanya Arora
Seed painting is an unconventional type of painting where, instead of brushes and paint, participants were given designs which they had to fill with different kind of seeds. || Photograph Courtesy: Tanya Arora
Krishna Poojary, working in The Concerned for Working Children [CWC] -the foundation which Namma Bhoomi and Namma Angadi is part of – taught palm leaf origami to the participants. They were given coconut leaves and told to make whatever they can. The idea behind it was to bring out their creativity. Normally, this kind of origami is done using palm trees, which can last up till 3 years, whereas coconut leaves get dried within 3 days. Poojary has taught in schools and held exhibits for his work across various regions of Karnataka. Additionally, these workshops are visited by people from Norway, Australia, France and Egypt. || Photograph Courtesy: Aparna Shankar
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Edited by: Bhavna Subramanian
In the interest of transparency, The Manipal Journal is in association with Namma Angadi 2019. The 16th edition of the event is set to take place at the School of Communication premises in Manipal from March 8-10.
Stay tuned as we bring you the latest from the event.