The CCI's exhibition, "Stone Crafts of India" will showcase jewellery, figurines and utility items
FOR MORE than three decades, the Crafts Council of India has left no stone unturned in playing a perfect guardian to the crestfallen craftspersons. The CCI's rocky determination to research, revive and reinvent a thriving market has brought back these dying crafts to life.
"Stone crafts of India," another extension of CCI's effort is an exhibition of artworks in stone from across the country. The ethnic works with a new-age touch are in marble, granite, soft stone, sand stone and agate. To be inaugurated on December 1 at 5.30 p.m. at DBS Galleria (31A, Cathedral Garden Road) by Leena Nair, Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu, Department of Education, the fair will feature a stunning range of figurines, cutlery and jewellery from Bihar, Rajasthan, Chennai, Orissa, Karnataka and Gujarat.Interestingly, the exhibition will focus on the distinct styles of cutting and carving on stones. The same medium is metamorphosed by the craftpersons to reflect the local milieu.
The CCI invites students of arts to interact with the artisans and gain that essential hands-on experience. Such craft fairs create an artistic network and link the lesser-known artists living in remote corners of the country with the world outside.
"Stone crafts of India" is also supposed to be a prelude to the workshop on stone crafts and the release of CCI's documentation on stone, published by the Department of Culture in February, 2004. The show is on till December 10 and has been sponsored by the office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
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