From 30th January 2023 to 1st February 2023, the school conducted a three day workshop on the famous art forms of Bihar and West Bengal namely Madhubani painting and Kalighat painting in which students of classes 5th to 8th took keen participation and thoroughly enjoyed the learning’s. These workshop were conducted in collaboration with SPICMACAY.
SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) is a non-political, nationwide, voluntary movement founded in 1977 by Dr. Kiran
Seth, Professor-Emeritus at IIT-Delhi who was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ for his contribution to the arts in 2009. It is dedicated to promoting an awareness of Indian culture in educational institutions throughout India.
Every year, SPIC MACAY arranges more than 5000 programs in more than 1500 institutions, across almost 1000 cities, touching over 3 million students. In Uttarakhand nearly 400 programs are conducted in educational institutions including government schools in the rural parts of the State. All these programs are organized by thousands of volunteers – largely students, teachers, housewives, retired people, professionals, young and old.
SPIC MACAY celebrates Nishkaam Seva – the spirit of volunteerism.
About the artists:
Manoj Kumar Choudhary is a full time professional Mithila painting artist from Darbhanga, Bihar, India. He completed his graduation from Mithila University and then went through rigorous training program from Bharti Vikas Manch. Manoj has received many prestigious awards, including Delhi State Award, National Award, Gold Medalist at Delhi Art Marathon, Gold Award at LION international art competition,2nd position at Vaidehi international art competition and exibition and many more. Manoj teaches 4 of the five styles of Madhubani paintings Bharni, Kachni, Godna, and Bhuchitra or aripan.
He was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Runa Chaudhary who is also an artist of Madhubani painting.
Suman Chirakar a resident of Daspur started painting Patachitra from 2004. He has learnt patachitra from Maina Chitrakar and Joydeb Chitrakar who are his teachers. He paints Bangla Pat, Santhal Pat, Kalighat Pat and paints diversified items like Saree, kurta, t-shirt, umbrella, kettle etc. He has travelled all over West Bengal, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Thane, Mysore, Punjab and Haryana. He has conducted workshops in Jorasanko, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Victoria Memorial and Indian Museum. Mrs. Rupsona Chitrakar also helped him while he taught the student this famous art form.
On the last day of the workshop i.e. 1st February 2023, the students exhibited their artworks they had learnt during then last 3 days and the esteemed artists also showcased their artworks on several handmade products like: wooden trays, coasters, sarees, face masks, bookmarks, folders etc. which was open for the staff to purchase and support handmade.
The teachers responsible for the smooth conduct of the workshop were Ms. Jasleen Kaur and Ms. Tanisha Panwar who also took keen interest in learning the art. Overall it was a great learning experience for all present during the workshops.