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Tribes of Hazaribagh in Ranchi Struggle to Preserve the Traditional Paintings on Mud Huts

Many leading experts from different fields are appealing to the Prime Minister to preserve the museum

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RANCHI/HAZARIBAG, November 9,2016: The Mud huts with the beautiful traditional paintings on the campus of Sanskriti are soon going to disappear. Sanskriti is the regional head office of the Hazaribagh chapter of INTACH, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.

Here, the huts display the exquisite paintings of Khovar and Sohrai. These huts will be hidden behind the walls to be built by the new owner of the properties. Bulu Imam, Founder and curator of Sanskriti is running from one official to another to save the priceless art of the tribe, mentioned TOI report.

The paintings were made by the Tribal women who are also the members of Tribal Women Artists Cooperative (TWAC). Tutu Imam, the owner of the property has sold a part of the area.

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The huts cannot be viewed by the public due to the new boundary wall screened by the new owners. Sanskriti- apart from the paintings, has hundreds of tribal art, artifacts and Paleolithic and Mesolithic tools on display in the museum. Many students have completed their doctoral research at this university.

Imam started a campaign and got around 350 signatures to make an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to preserve the museum and save the tribal heritage.  In his letter addressed to the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das, Christian Reiser said that GEL Church was among the first settlers in Chota Nagpur and since then, they have worked for the benefit of tribes of Jharkhand. He asked the government to protect Sanskriti.

According to the TOI report, many other experts from different fields like philosophy, art, culture, and religion have expressed their concern regarding the cause. The state convener of INTACH in Rajasthan, Maharaja of Jodhpur, Gaj Singh wrote a separate letter to the chief minister.

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MP and Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha has assured Imam that the museum will be preserved, mentioned TOI report.

Leading experts from all over the world are appealing to the Prime Minister to protect the tribal heritage of Hazaribagh. Architect-Photographer, Deidi Von Schewen from Berlin has worked closely with the tribal artists for her photography project and her works are currently exhibited in Paris. She also made an appeal to the Prime Minister of India for the preservation of the huts. Retired Professor of Indian history, philosophy and religion at the University of Sapienza in Rome has made a similar appeal as well.

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Indian Film Festival to be hosted by Poland in October 2017

This festival will be organized from 7th - 10th October 2017 in Warsaw & Krakow

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  • The Indian Film Festival Poland will show path breaking Indian films which have been jointly curated by Mr. R C Dalal and Captain Rahul Bali
  • The Indian Film Festival Poland will endorse the art and culture between the two countries- India & Poland using cinema as a medium
  • Some fun and entertaining events are also planned during the Day 4 of the festival like Indo – Bollywood Dance Performances by Polish Dancers, Indian Food Festival, Polish Musical concerts 

Warsaw (Poland), August 23, 2017: Lately Film festivals have turned into a huge phenomenon across the world in over the last 50 years; they are big celebrated events now that increase the reputation of the cities as well in which they are being organized. Poland will host the Indian Film Festival, the Indian film festival will commence in October 2017. The best part is that India has completed 71 years of Independence in the same year this festival will be organized. A Curtain Raiser Press Conference occurred in order to make the official announcement of the 1st ever Indian Film Festival to happen in Poland. It will be organized from 7th – 10th October 2017 in Warsaw & Krakow.

The Indian Film Festival Poland will show path breaking Indian films, the films have been jointly curated by Mr. R C Dalal and Captain Rahul Bali.  The Indian Film Festival Poland will endorse the art and culture between the two countries- India & Poland using cinema as a medium. It will showcase some fine Indian movies. Indian cinema is known for its vibrant, rich culture and the emotions expressed in Indian movies like love, friendship, brotherhood, family values etc. Indian movies are incomplete without music, songs and some dancing. The movies which spread joy amongst all will be on display. The audience in Poland will have a brilliant opportunity to witness some of the greatest works of art by acclaimed Indian directors. Festivals like these can pave a way for strengthening the bond of friendship between the two countries.

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Ajay Bisaria, H.E. the Ambassador of India to Poland said,” The Indian Film Festival in Poland will be devoted to the appreciation of cinema, art, and culture by showcasing Indian films for Polish audiences and opening new avenues of bilateral cooperation between our countries. This celebration of cinema will be part of a wider Festival of India that we hope will bring a gourmet selection of India’s cultural offerings to our Polish friends, for a whole year.”

Captain Rahul Bali, Co-Founder & Curator of Indian Film Festivals Worldwide (IFFW) also spoke on the occasion, “This festival shall be an annual event which shall feature a rich mix of programmes designed to build and support the growing interest of the Indian film industry in Poland.”  8 path breaking films from India will be shown this year and some award winning directors & actors will grace the event from India and Polish Film Industry.”

On 7th October 2017, the opening ceremony of the Festival will take place in Warsaw at Kino Teka with a lot of joy and zeal. On 10th October 2017, the closing ceremony will take place in Krakow. Some fun and entertaining events are also planned during the Day 4 of the festival like Indo – Bollywood Dance Performances by Polish Dancers, Indian Food Festival, Polish Musical concerts, etc.

“We look forward to introducing this beautiful country which has largely remained unexplored till now to the ever growing Indian Film Industry & seek to develop a lot of synergy in them,” said RC Dalal, Co-Founder & Curator IFFW.

The Indian Film Festival is put together by Indian Film Festivals Worldwide (IFFW) with the sponsors are The Embassy of India in Poland, The Polish Institute New Delhi, Indo Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Indian Association of Poland & India International Foundation.


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