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RASA for art

A workshop for children demonstrates that just about anything can be converted into art


COCONUT SHELLS, pencil shavings, bindis, broken bangles, automobile parts, wooden pieces, blades, threads, just about anything that you thought would have no use, is a piece of art for Rahool Saksena. "I believe that everything has an artistic edge to it, if you look at it with imagination," he says. Rahool Saksena specialises in making signature lamps using recycled materials. He is conducting a design workshop `Many hands make light work' for children of RASA, a centre for theatre arts and special needs. The workshop being held in Hotel Savera, combines new trends of using recycled materials for creating traditional lamps for the festive season. The programme was designed to enhance creativity and all-round development of these children. RASA works with children who have developmental disorders. "At RASA we focus on the holistic development of each individual using theatre arts as a medium of learning. We call the methodology Theatre for Holistic Development (THD) where we use dance, music, drama, mime, arts and crafts to help them achieve over-all development, " says Ambika Kameshwar, founder of the organisation.

Since people with disabilities require various kinds of custom-built activities, she feels these kinds of workshops will help them achieve optimum level of functioning. "Creativity is in every person's mind. It doesn't matter if they are able or disable. But only a few know the right method to put it to use. Sometimes for children, it requires another person to inspire and kindle creativity in a person," says Rahool Saksena.

The morning session consists had students interacting with the artist and trying to put their idea into work. "I have brought the required materials. I vaguely explain to them about the idea I have visualised for a particular material. Then we work together to structure it," explains Rahool showing a piece of their work — a bangle lamp. The lamp has coloured glass bangles being stuck on the stem of the lamp and shiny bindis on the lampshade and a painted wooden block as its base to give it that artistic look. The afternoon session is open for visitors to buy the exhibits that have been made by these children. A carpenter has also been arranged by the hotel to help the participants shape their ideas. "I always liked working with children. Today children are more receptive and have keen sense of observation. It is true that art cannot be taught. But each person is artistic in his own way, if that is tapped at an early age, then an artist is born," feels Rahool. The stall is open for public in the evenings and the workshop is being held till October 23. An auction of the products created during the workshop will also be held at a later date. For more information contact 28114700.

PRASSANA SRINIVASAN

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