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From bangles to bedspreads, bag them all at these expos

Staff Reporter

Panel discussion held to promote awareness of Indian art



FOR ALL AGES: A visitor at a craft exhibition in Chennai on Friday. — Photo: V. Ganesan

CHENNAI: Orissa art and crafts have hit the town with a stunning variety of Patta paintings, appliques and silver filigree.

The exhibition was organised by Karma, a society of Sambalpur sponsored by the Government of Orissa. It will be open at C.P. Art Centre from 10.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. till March 12.

Orissa's Ikat tradition unfolds in finely woven, blurry-edged, gem coloured tie-and-dye designs. The products include quilts, furnishings, dress materials and tapestry.

UP handicrafts

The Uttar Pradesh Handicrafts and Handlooms too is showcasing timeless craftsmanship as a major draw at Sri Sankara Hall. Actress Vindhya inaugurated the show.

The exhibits include a heritage collection of black metal, white metal and brass items, stone paintings, gagra cholis and churidars from Rajasthan, and Lucknowi chikan work. Visitors have plenty to choose: from bangles to bedspreads. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. till March 20.

At Lalit Kala Akademi

The Paramparik Karigar has assembled craftsmen from 12 States at Lalit Kala Akademi to display palm leaf etchings, Mithila paintings, Sholapith work, Bagru prints and lacquered wooden toys. Many of the participants are master craftsmen, who are national award winners.

As part of the event, a panel discussion was held on Friday to promote an awareness of the tradition of Indian art. Asrafi Bhagat, Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris; V.R. Devika, Craft Promoter; and Aarti Kawlra, design expert; participated in the discussion. Deborah Thyagarajan, founder of DakshinaChitra and Madras Craft Foundation, acted as the moderator.

The exhibition also featured a book release. The book was authored by five master craftsmen on the art of kalamkari, mittikaam, mithila, gadwakam and tana bana. Apoorva Verma, General Manager, Handicrafts and Handloom Exports Corporation of India, received the first copy. Special rebates are offered at all the exhibitions.

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