Art Tree continues to honor its commitment to promote traditional and folk arts while supporting their practicing artists. In its new attempt to focus on some of India’s rich heritage, a 9-day exhibition began at Bikaner House in New Delhi on December 22, 2021. The exclusive preview was opened by the artist, designer filmmaker Muzaffar Ali.
On the occasion, Pragati Agarwal, Founder of Art Tree, said: âArt Tree has always strived to stimulate, support and encourage the sustenance of some of the rewarding traditional forms which will eventually be revived and lead to their resurgence.
Muzaffar Ali, who seemed extremely happy to meet the featured artists – Prakash Joshi and Manisha Jha, said: âI am extremely impressed with all the rich history that is represented in such intricate works of artists who do their best to preserve tradition that India is known for. Ekayan – Ek Sutra presents three art forms – Madhubani, Phad and Chintz – all under one roof at Bikaner House, and it has been an educational experience for me to see so great works of these award-winning national artists. “
A panel discussion on the legacy and renewal of Chintz with artist J. Niranjan and curator of Indian crafts Jaya Jaitly and Sanjay Garg of Raw Mango turned out to be a captivating discussion for the passionate audience in attendance. Ms Jaitly stressed that the original Radhapani nomenclature and not the British named chintz should be used. “Because they couldn’t pronounce the original word, Chheent ‘, they pejoratively changed it to chintz. I’m so happy that an artist of Niranjan’s caliber was the one who took so much trouble to revitalize and restore such a rare art form. “
Ms Jaya Jaitly said: âThe British have taken over most of our most treasured culture. But I am happy that young people have shown their interest in reviving some of the most talked about heritages. Some of these artists also need our support and we have to make sure that they are well looked after.
On this occasion, Art Tree will also organize the launch of Ms. Manisha Jha’s book Madhushravani. Documented in fourteen years by the author, this book contains one hundred paintings by two hundred women artists from different villages of Mithila. Madhushravani is a monsoon festival of new brides, laughter, snake goddesses and rituals that merge ecology and tradition. The thirteen-day festival is about coexistence and instills a love of nature. This book is the very first book out of fourteen stories related to Lord Shiva and his family and stories of the goddess Manasa – the serpent goddess.