Learning can be fun,especially when its block printing,clay-modeling,terracotta,puppet-making,pottery or crochet beadwork in the mothibharat style. The Dastkar Kidstuff Craft Carnival is introducing children to these arts and crafts this summer.
The carnival,which started on Friday,has brought over 150 artisans from across the country under one roof,who have set up 40 stalls selling everything from paper craft and printed items to patchwork quilts. There are seven workshops everyday and the maximum number of children has been limited to 15. The artists from different regions will directly interact with children and teach them the skills behind their crafts.
Children are also being introduced to the art of storytelling through phad paintings of Rajasthan,that involve large scrolls,Madhubani paintings which are made with the help of fingers,twigs,nib-pens,matchsticks and natural dyes,and the famous Gond paintings of Madhya Pradesh. People do not value hand-made products much. Though the workshops are entertaining,learning to make the handicraft themselves will help children develop an appreciation for handmade objects, says Malik. Magic tricks and creating craftwork from recycled paper have also been included. The carnival also has an enclosure called The Forest of the Imagination,where children can read books and meet storytellers
Besides workshops,a line-up of cultural activities has also been planned and includes kacchi ghodi (dummy horse dance) from Rajasthan and bagh nritya,popularly known as the tiger dance,from Odisha,where an actor is painted to resemble a tiger and he performs to the rhythm of musical instruments.
The carnival is on till May 26 at Nature Bazaar,Kisan Haat,Andheri Modh from 4 pm to 8 pm.