FROM GOA TO BENGAL, ONE ROOF FOR ART
Banglanatak.com is once again celebrating the art and craft of West Bengal and Goa at the Art and Culture Mela, which will be held at Museum of Goa, Pilerne. Café finds out about the various handicrafts and live performances that will be showcased at the three-day event
and Banglanatak.com is reaching out to these artisans to bring their creativity to the fore. The latest endeavour is the Art and Culture Mela that is being hosted by Museum of Goa. The venue will be transformed to suit the needs of the artisans and performers. Art and Culture Mela will be held from December 8 to 11, 2017 from 11am to 8pm. The inauguration will be held at the hands of Gurudas Pilarnekar, Director of Art and Culture, Government of Goa. Handicraft stalls with artisans from Bengal will include Sabal, Madur, Dokra, Patachitra, Kenjakura Handloom from Bengal while the Goan stalls will showcase Lavo and Bamboo work. The folk performances will include Bauls of Bengal on December 8, Bengal Goa Folk ensemble on December 9 and Chau Dance on December 10. “Museum of Goa is organising such an event for the first time as we are always promoting art in any form. Banglanatak.com has been doing great work in Goa and especially promoting hinterland tourism by reaching out to artisans from different parts of India including Goa. It is a huge organisation headed by Amitava Bhattacharya and they have connected to over 45,000 craftsmen. At MOG, we support this cultural entrepreneurship,” says Dr Subodh Kerkar, the director and founder of Museum of Goa. Banglanatak.com’s Goa chapter has been operational since August 2014 and they have presented many folk festivals and musical collaborations. After Kala Academy, Panjim and Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, this will be the third venue for an art and culture event. Rajashree Mukherjee is the resident representative of the Goa branch of Banglanatak. com. She is constantly in touch with the Goan artists here. “There are various forms of handicrafts that will be explored at the mela. In Goa itself, Lavo is a soft grass mat made especially by the villagers of Avedem in Quepem taluka while the bamboo weaving art will be showcased by the artists from Valpoi,” says Rajashree. She further adds, “Sabal and Madur are products made from two types of grass while Dokra deals with metal art. Patachitra is a unique form of storytelling that uses a scroll painting, songs are sung as the scroll is gradually unrolled to reveal the entire painting. Rita Shome, a NIFT alumnus and an award winning fashion designer from Bengal, will be displaying her collection in Kenjakura (home textile), a clothing/ accessory collection with Kantha work and Kushmandi (wooden mask inspired utility product range).” Interestingly, each of these artisans will be reaching out to the audience for the first time. The artisans are not repeated for the exhibitions, which give them the unique opportunity to connect at one go itself.
Art and Culture Mela is being held at Museum of Goa, Pilerne from December 8 to 10, 2017 with the day-long handicraft exhibitions and folk performances from Bengal and Goa from 6pm to 8pm
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