The annual Craft Sustenance initiative titled Shilpkatha scheduled on 24th and 25th February, 2016 at the Symbiosis Institute of Design campus. The institutional objective of this event is to conserve and bring about a product diversification of heritage Indian crafts. Students from all disciplines have explored crafts from Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and so on. Some of the crafts covered are Bagh Printing & Batik from Madhya Pradesh, Himroo, Sawantwadi Toys, CopperWare, Warli Painting and Paithani from Maharashtra, Pochampally of Andhra Pradesh.

An exhibition of the crafts documented, and students’ works including garments and products developed using these crafts shall be put up. Artisans from these places are also being invited to participate in this exhibition and conduct workshops for promoting their crafts. We are also showcasing short Craft Films made by the Video Film Design students.

As an extension to this activity, this time we are also hosting a seminar and panel discussion on 25th Feb. on the theme, ‘Crafts: Tradition, Design, Education and beyond’. The eminent speakers for this seminar and panel discussion are experts from the relevant field of crafts and have dedicated their potentials in the area of preservation and promotion of Indian crafts. They shall be enlightening the audience in their relevant area of expertise, Ms. Ritu Sethi- Chairperson of craft revival trust- “Future of Indian Crafts”, Ms. Megha Agarawal Maheshwari- Founder Director- Crafting Nuru, ‘Empowerment of craftsmen”, Ms. Sharmila Nagraj- Director- Woxen School of arts and Design “Craft revival and sustenance”, Ms. Avani Varia- Director- Aadhar Heritage Film Festival , “craft documentation and revival”.

The schedule for the program is as follows:

Day 1: 24th Feb, 2016
Venue: Exhibition Area, Symbiosis Institute of Design
Inaugural Addresses: 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Craft Demonstrations: 12:00 noon onwards till 5:00 pm

Day 2: 25th Feb, 2016
Venue: Seminar Hall, Symbiosis Institute of Design
Welcome Address: 10:30 am
Seminar and Panel Discussion: 10:45 am to 1:00 pm
Screening of Student’s Films: 1:45 pm to 2:20 pm
Heritage Film Festival: 2:20 pm to 5:30 pm

ShilpKatha 2016