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GUR­DEEP DHALI­WAL, 25, AND NAVJEET KAUR, 31, CHANDI­GARH

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Frame One In Jan­uary this year, writer-pho­tog­ra­pher Gur­deep Dhali­wal and de­signer Navjeet Kaur started The Kirrt Project to doc­u­ment and hon­our lesser-known ar­ti­sans, art­works and their sto­ries across the state. A Pun­jabi word with roots in San­skrit, Kirrt stands for cre­ation.

With an aim to in­tro­duce peo­ple to the dy­ing arts and crafts of this re­gion, the team vis­its small ham­lets to meet ar­ti­sans and un­der­stand the process.

The Guerilla Army With just four mem­bers en­tirely ded­i­cated to the cause, Kirrt is a closely-knit unit. “No one is paid a penny for the time and ef­fort they put in. The Pun­jab Arts Coun­cil gives a monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 to our team. Till this point, we have not ac­cepted any pri­vate do­na­tions,” says Kaur.

Fu­ture Per­fect The team now plans to travel across Pun­jab ex­ten­sively and take on more creative and artis­tic projects that will en­gage the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

We are not only tak­ing arts to the peo­ple but also ed­u­cat­ing our­selves with the ex­pe­ri­ence that the ar­ti­sans share with us,” Gur­deep Dhali­wal, Mem­ber, Kirrt

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