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The pandemic has proven to be a trying time for the art and crafts communities across India. The lockdown has brought every performance, festival and corporate occasion to a standstill, which has had an especially devastating effect on folk musicians, dancers, visual artists and sculptors, weavers, puppeteers, technical engineers, and designers, all those who rely on regular incomes from these festivals, weddings, shows, exhibits at craft fairs, and public gatherings.
#ArtMatters, an initiative by the Teamwork Fine Arts Society, is working towards creating awareness about this new reality faced by various artistes across India and developing support channels for them. Since its inception, over 100 industry leaders, artists and art enthusiasts have participated in the #ArtMatters campaign, extending their support towards the cause through donations, video appeals and testimonials. In one of its recently held virtual meets the aim was to highlight the difficulties artistes are facing and how the larger fraternity can join hands to advocate effective change.
The panel featured Laila Tyabji, Chairperson and Founder of Dastkar, Dadi Pudumjee, Founder of The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust; Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, renowned Kathak dancer and choreographer Aditi Mangaldas and Jehan Manekshaw, Founder of Theatre Professionals and Head of School at the Drama School, Mumbai. Padma Shri Laila Tyabji, who has been working to create a sustainable sustenance model for craftspeople across India said “Art matters, and so do the artists and craftspeople who make it. All of us need to stick together and bring forth their issues to light.”
Sharing his thoughts on the initiative, Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director at Teamwork Arts said, “ArtMatters began as an advocacy campaign to highlight the contribution of artists and artisans to our syncretic culture, tradition and daily life. Since then the campaign has grown to support artists and artisans who have been impacted across the country.”
More than a hundred million individuals across the country earn their primary or secondary income from the art they practice, perfect, and perform. From the Manganiyars of Jaisalmer, to the Bauls of Bengal, the puppeteers and magicians of the Kathputli Colony in Delhi, to the weavers of Benaras, and a number of dancers, theatre practitioners, musicians, painters, and photographers, these artistes and numerous art forms are celebrated in the proud declaration of India’s cultural diversity.
“We artistes have been far too long used as cultural diplomacy all over the world. It is about time that the powers that be look into the millions of artists who in these times need a helping hand. Civil society is doing all it can, but where are the ministries (government), the academies and others who we have performed for?” asked Dadi Pudumjee, one of India’s foremost puppeteers and President of UNIMA International stated.
Covering the various verticals that the performing and visual arts landscape provides, #ArtMatters has been working towards mobilising industry leaders, art connoisseurs and art lovers in order to build a single umbrella of communication that underlines the difficulties faced by the community while raising sufficient resources for the affected artistes.
An educator in the field of theatre, Mumbai-based Jehan Manekshaw shared, “As leaders in our space it is upto us to take all the relationships and networks we have formed over the years and point their eyes into the direction of these artists, at least until the government is in the position to take over. Also what I feel as a mentor is to keep teaching and to keep exploring new ways to reach out to potential students. The biggest challenge is to see how we can translate a form that is all about the physical space and be able to educate via technology.”
#ArtMatters is currently working with multiple artists, artiste communities and organisations across the country. Since April, it has collaborated with Rajasthan. Josh Sidhar Vikas Sansthan, which is raising resources for families of folk musicians in a village in Jaisalmer, the Brahmaputra Cultural Foundation, which is helping artistes and their families in Assam, and the Vimor Handloom Foundation, which is working with weavers across the country. Other noteworthy partners include UNESCO, FICCI and ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations).
Design studio Raw Mango and celebrated Kathak exponent Aditi Mangaldas rooted for raising funds for the artistes who have been left without any source of income during the pandemic. With the objective of spreading awareness about the difficulties being faced by the artiste community, they have collaborated on a series of short films by Mangaldas, performed by the members of the Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation, that brings together the original work eWITHIN’ and their current creative impulse, from within the confines of their homes. During the press meet, Aditi, lamented on the current state of affairs and shared her motivation behind creating these films.
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“Belonging to a small community of artists in India who are privileged, I felt compelled to offer an artistic experience rather than just make an appeal. Do consider this as an offering to bring you something to cherish and cheer on our community. We hope that you will open your hearts and donate for the wonderful artists who are struggling to survive in these unprecedented times,” the dancer commented.
As a part of the larger campaign, Teamwork Fine Arts Society is also organising a fundraising concert that will seek to drive donations for our unsung folk heroes. The concert will be a cinematic voyage-from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from the sandy deserts of Rajasthan to the hilly terrain of Assam- that will take viewers across different regions, uncovering the cultural landscape through dance, music, art and craft, with some brilliant folk artistes, weavers and craftspeople alongside some of the most successful names from the Indian art community. The concert will give a glimpse of our country’s rich and vibrant traditions through beautiful performances and compelling interviews with the artistes. (IANS)
By Prerana Agarwal Saxena
In all the wedding excitement, it's easy to overlook the impact a wedding has on the environment. While everyone is making their big fat Indian wedding dreams come true, they are also adding their carbon footprint and undue energy consumption. Modern couples are now looking for ways to have a wedding with a sustainably conscious mindset. It's become about incorporating less waste, locally sourced and seasonal food, natural materials over the use of plastic. Mindful wedding planning and decor includes the use of recycled paper and goods along with eco-friendly venue needs. Check out this quick guide to achieve a sustainably conscious wedding without compromising on luxury:
Choose locally sourced material to uplift artisans
Sustainable can be luxurious too, incorporate some native flavour into the decor and theme. With the use of locally sourced materials and local artisans coming into play, the wedding instantly becomes sustainable. Include the work of local vendors ensure minimal packaging requirements, thus saving on unnecessary plastic and lamination. It also decreases the need for transporting elements from other cities and hence lowers the carbon footprint. For instance, at one of our weddings, we made use of sand art for a setup in Jodhpur. This helped promote local work while also being environmentally friendly with zero wastage of other materials. In another instance from Rajasthan, the traditional glass-blown technique was used to build decor items while giving a cultural touch to the destination wedding.
Sustainable can be luxurious too, incorporate some native flavour into the decor and theme. | Photo by Jason Coudriet on Unsplash
Say yes to recycling
One should be mindful and avoid the use of plastic and other non-recyclable materials in decor wherever possible. It can be a small step such as making a conscious switch from plastic water bottles to copper jugs or glass bottles. Also use artificial floral decor thus minimising the wastage produced from real flowers. This recyclable decor is then donated to various NGOs, further ensuring sustainable use of resources. Such steps, however small they might be, keep the environment free from the release of any additional carbon footprint.
One should be mindful and avoid the use of plastic and other non-recyclable materials in decor wherever possible. | Photo by Ravin Rau on Unsplash
Go for zero-waste wedding decor
Make use of fabric as it enhances the elegance of the wedding while being sustainable. Include vibrant colours apt to the theme of the wedding and bring in bright sprightliness with breathable fabrics. Ensure to include LED lights for lighting. They can be incorporated as string lights or be used on passageways with innovative decor items. They also help conserve energy and bring in soulful energy for nighttime decor. Choose virtual invitations, keeping up with the digital times. Make a conscious choice of plated dinner menus rather than a buffet as they allow less wastage of food and ensure enough food for guests in attendance.
LEDs can be incorporated as string lights or be used on passageways with innovative decor items. | Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Include Sustainable Gifting
Gift sustainable wedding favours -- gifts that grow. Offering a plant or a succulent, is a great idea. One can also gift recycled organic fabrics and cutlery or zero-waste kitchen and bathroom essentials to use in their homes as some distinct gifting options.
Gift sustainable wedding favours -- gifts that grow. | Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash
Acting in the best interest of the environment and the society, Theme Weavers Designs has started a social cause, Weaving Hope, where a part of their earnings along with food and decor are donated to social communities. Royal Rendezvous, is an event started by us to put India on the Global Map, inviting international wedding planners to India to experience the rich culture and heritage, also employing and displaying the work of local artisans to this international audience.
By applying the values of sustainability, you can reduce the energy consumed and the resources used as much as possible. Go ahead and have a luxurious zero-waste wedding and navigate into the world of green living! (IANS/ MBI)
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The Tamil Nadu health department has administered 16,43,879 lakh doses of vaccine in the second mega vaccination camp organised by it. The state public health department in a statement on Sunday said that this has taken the total vaccination to one crore since the beginning of September till date. The vaccination was administered from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. and the compiled data was made available late at night.
The health department officials also said that as the state has almost exhausted its quota of vaccines, there would not be any vaccines on Monday. Regular vaccination will resume after the vaccine supplies arrive from New Delhi, officials said. The state health department had expected to vaccinate 15 lakh people on Sunday in 18,824 centres spread across primary health centres, anganwadis, noon meal centres, government hospitals, schools and some auditoriums.
The health department officials also said that as the state has almost exhausted its quota of vaccines, there would not be any vaccines on Monday. | Photo by Mat Napo on Unsplash
Of the 16,43,879 people who were inoculated, a total of 10,85,097 received their first dose and 5,58,782 their second dose of vaccine, the statement said, A total of 9,66,568 people in the age group of 18-44 were vaccinated on Sunday and vaccines were administered on 5,02,578 people aged between 45- 59 in the mega vaccine camps.
State health minister Ma Subramanian, who inaugurated the vaccination at Pollachi, also visited the centres in six districts -- Coimbatore, Erode, Namakkal, Tiruppur, Dharmapuri and Salem. The state government, according to the health minister, is to receive the next allotment of vaccines on September 21. Minister while speaking to IANS said, "We will be receiving the next allotment of vaccines on September 21 itself and we will resume vaccinations immediately. The state has already touched one crore vaccine-mark in the month of September till date." (IANS/MBI)
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Festivals are just around the corner and while you brainstorm about OOTDs (outfit of the day), don't forget the right makeup. Hanisha Kapoor, COO, ArchiesBeauty.com shares makeup trends experimented by these Bollywood divas throughout 2021 for inspiration. While some stuck to the classics, others mixed it up... take a look:
The Classic Red Lip
We don't see a future where classic red lips go out of fashion. The right way to achieve this celebrity look is to focus on accentuating your lips and keeping the rest of the face minimal. Give your lips a good scrub to plump them, moisturize and follow it up with a red lip liner to define the shape of your lips. Now go on with the perfect shade of red and finish your look with a slick of eyeliner, minimal concealer, and foundation.
We don't see a future where classic red lips go out of fashion. | Photo by Ina Garbé on Unsplash
No Makeup Look
Deepika Padukon is the perfect example of a no-makeup look. This natural beauty does a wonderful job of achieving the minimal soft look by softly cover any dark spots or blemishes and highlighting features she's most proud of. To achieve this start with concealer and use small dots to brighten your darker areas like under eye, corner of the nose or upper lip, and any visible spots, and set it up with loose powder. Apply a soft pink lipstick, light blush, and mascara.
Deepika Padukon is the perfect example of a no-makeup look | Wikimedia Commons
This look shouts pink. When it comes to rosy looks, Janhavi Kapoor does a phenomenal job. Everyone should try a rosy look once in a while. As we are focusing on only one shade, this look is pretty easy to achieve. Bring out your favourite pink lipstick, favourite pink blush, and a matching shade of eye shadow. Start with the base - concealer, and foundation and set it up with loose powder. Follow it up with eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush. Remember to draw a line by not using any pink mascara, eyeliner, or a bold shade of lipstick, as this is meant to be soft on the eyes.
When it comes to rosy looks, Janhavi Kapoor does a phenomenal job. | Wikimedia Commons
Glass Skin Makeup
The glass skin makeup is inspired by Korean skincare. This look is slightly complex with an equal focus on skin before makeup, so slather on those moisturizing serums and creams to prep your skin first. Start with a highlighting primer, keep your foundation and concealer minimal to avoid looking cakey. Follow it up with soft blush & nude lips and lots and lots of highlighter. Use the highlighter on the main points of your face, like upper cheekbones, the centre of the forehead, the tip of the nose, cupid bone, and chin. If you are feeling a bit extra, don't hesitate to put some on your shoulders and collar bones. This celebrity makeup look makes your skin glow without the need for a spotlight.
The glass skin makeup is inspired by Korean skincare. | Photo by 邱 严 on Unsplash
Pop It Up
Put a zing to your party look with the pop of funky colour. This look is meant to get you in the mood of partying all night. This works with your eye makeup while keeping the rest of the face minimal. Start with the base - concealer, apply a bit extra on your eyelids to make the colour pop. Don't mind going the extra mile and colour blocking your eyes with complementary colours on eyelids and under the eye. Apply nude lipstick and a soft blush to balance your look.
This look is meant to get you in the mood of partying all night. | Pixabay
(Article originally published by N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
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