17th Edition of Namma Angadi concludes with large turn out2 min read
MANIPAL: Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) hosted the 17th edition of Namma Angadi, an exhibition that promotes local crafts and artistry, in collaboration with Namma Bhoomi, between March 6-8.
The three-day event was inaugurated in the presence of Dr. H S Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Dr. Padma Rani, Director, MIC, and Shivanand Shetty, Assistant Director, Namma Bhoomi.
Along with pottery, gardening materials and tools, the exhibition had handicrafts, handlooms, handmade soaps and clothing for women, men and children. Food stalls, packaged edibles and home-made condiments like jaggery and pickles were also available throughout all three days. The profit from the sales went directly to Namma Bhoomi and The Concerned for Working Children (CWC).
A special flute recital was also performed by Chinmayi P, a first-year Master’s degree student at Manipal Institute of Technology on the second day. An art exhibition was also put up in the venue, which featured artwork by students of MIC.
“We like to see it as a celebration of local craft and art. There’s something for everyone at Namma Angadi. It brings in a lot of positive energy,” commented Sauparnika R Krisha, a member of the promotions team for Namma Angadi.
A special Yakshagana performance was presented by a 15 member crew was organized on the third day of the event by Sri Ganesha Yakshagana Gombeyaata Mandali on the theme Choodamani and Lankadana, two adaptations from the Hindu Epic Ramayana. Yakshagana Gombeyaata is a form of Indian theatre which uses puppets for characters, with music, costumes, and dance being derived from Yakshagana.
Namma Bhoomi is a resource centre based in Kundapura that works with former child labourers and the children of local artisans by providing them with education and vocational training to improve their skill sets. A school by the name ‘Namma Nalanda Vidyapeeta’ is housed in the Namma Bhoomi premises and is run with the help of the non-profit, CWC. Through this initiative, local artists are exposed to the urban markets, which not only helps them develop their products but also supports them in preserving their craft.
The three-day event was preceded by an open-mic at Student Plaza in the MIT Campus on February 27 and a pottery workshop on February 29 at MIC.
Featured Image Courtesy – Abhishek Manoharan
Edited by – Vaibhavi Vaman