CRAFT BLENDS WITH MU­SIC

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - MY CITY - MONIKA & UN­NATI BANSAL

Apro­gramme, Kalaarchana, was re­cently or­gan­ised to fe­lic­i­tate zardozi ar­ti­sans who have com­pleted craft, in­no­va­tion and en­tre­pre­neur­ial course at Kal­hath In­sti­tute, AP Sen Road in Charbagh.

The high­light of the event was clas­si­cal ren­di­tion by Rekha Surya, a dis­ci­ple of leg­endary Begum Akhtar.

The in­sti­tute, founded by Lucknow De­sign in 2017, works to­wards pro­mot­ing, train­ing and sus­tain­ing the craft of em­broi­ders of Ut­tar Pradesh.

“The name of the event was sup­posed to be Kalaab­hi­gyan but was re­named to Kalaarchana after late Ar­chana Gupta, an aca­demic board mem­ber who was re­cently mur­dered in Delhi,” said the di­rec­tor of the in­sti­tute Jas­pal Kalra.

The 14 ar­ti­sans who have com­pleted their course were Is­rar, Mohd Shaqib, Ir­fan, Mohd Nasir, Mohd Shami, Mo­ham­mad Wasim, Mohd Shadab, Mohd Nadeem, Ir­shad, Si­raj Ali, Mohd Suaib, Mohd Meraz, Sippu and Amir Khan. “When I came to In­dia, I was shocked to find that all these em­broi­deries and crafts still ex­ist which have van­ished from Europe long time back. When I went back to Paris with the idea of em­broi­dery, peo­ple looked at me like I was a crazy man,” said Max­mil­iano Modesti who funds the In­sti­tu­tion. He is the founder of ARDY 2M De­sign Stu­dio, Mum­bai, and

Les Ate­lier

2M, Paris.

The course com­prised of var­i­ous projects in­clud­ing cal­lig­ra­phy, aaz­maish (us­taad ki ka­haani — what to write and sing), tikda (to make some­thing from waste ma­te­rial) and blue pot­tery. After the course, the ar­ti­sans plan to build their own busi­ness In­dian Em­broi­dery Art and Shafa Ex­cel­lence Em­broi­dery. The in­sti­tute will or­gan­ise an ex­hi­bi­tion from Jan­uary 16 to Fe­bru­ary 12 at Gallery Maskara, Mum­bai, to show­case their craft.

“The cri­te­ria for se­lect­ing the wor­thy stu­dents are not based on their qual­i­fi­ca­tion. It is purely based on their tal­ent, mo­ti­va­tion and their will­ing­ness to learn. We would soon open a chikankari in­sti­tute for girls,” said Modesti.

Dur­ing the mu­si­cal con­cert, Rekha Surya sang four songs con­sist­ing of ghazal and thumri to wish luck to the ar­ti­sans. “I be­long to Lucknow, it is great hon­our for me to visit here, I have a soft cor­ner for this city and I think zardozi is a won­der­ful craft and has to be kept alive,” she said.

She is a prac­ti­tioner of Lucknow Gha­rana and has per­formed all over In­dia and abroad. She per­pet­u­ates the legacy of her leg­endary gu­rus Begum Akhtar and Gir­ija Devi (Be­naras Gha­rana) and in­te­grates both styles of singing into an in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic style. The in­fu­sion of spir­i­tu­al­ity into an es­sen­tially ro­man­tic genre is a unique part of her reper­toire.

Mu­si­cal pro­gramme be­ing held dur­ing the Kalaarchana held held at Kal­hath In­sti­tute on Fri­day.

PIX: DHEERAJ DHAWAN/HT

Pt Vinod Mishra, Rekha Surya & Pt. Arun Bhatt

Paola Man­fredi Jas­pal Kalra Char­lotte

Aye­did, Ab­hi­nav, Roli, Gau­rav & Yo­gesh

Amir, Meraj, Si­raj, Nadeem, Waseem, Nasir & Shaqib

Mal­lika Verma

Max­mil­iano Modesti

Ir­fan, Shadab, Ir­shad, Shippu & Suaib

Dr Too­lika Gupta & Prof Jatin Bhatt

Manoj & Purn­ima

Hi­man­shi

Karan & Sh­weta

Zi­hora Chat­terji & Is­rar

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