India has a rich heritage of performing arts and crafts. Many art and craft forms thrive in the remote corners of the country; however, the performers and artisans have little or no access to public platforms to showcase their talent. Kalapana, a Tata Trusts’ initiative, will now provide an opportunity to artists and craftsmen to express the diversity and traditions of India through contemporary interpretation.
The inaugural event of Kalapana is scheduled to take place at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, on January 7-8, 2017. It will see participation from three performing arts and ten craft organisations from different parts of the country. The event will also serve to increase awareness among city dwellers about traditional art and craft forms and about the Trusts’ work in the media, arts and culture space.
The Media, Arts, Crafts and Culture (MAC) portfolio of Tata Trusts was set up to preserve and protect India’s rich historical monuments and dying art and crafts forms. It focuses on three main areas — conservation-related projects, encouraging traditional and contemporary forms of performing arts, and helping to sustain livelihoods based on crafts.
The performing arts organisations that will take part in Kalapana include Attakkalari Centre for Performing Arts (contemporary dance) from Bangalore, Dhrupad Sansthan (Indian classical music) from Bhopal and NINASAM (theatre) from Shimoga District in Karnataka.
The craft forms that will be displayed at the event include handloom, dhokra metal and jewellery craft, kauna grass craft, wari art, weaving and indigenous crafts, among others.