CRAFT BLENDS WITH MUSIC
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
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.
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
Irfan, Shadab, Irshad, Shippu & Suaib
Dr Toolika Gupta & Prof Jatin Bhatt
Manoj & Purnima
Karan & Shweta
Zihora Chatterji & Israr