These various community workshops have been offered with the aim of creating awareness and appreciation to various Indian art forms, mythological roots, textile traditions and regional cuisine. Our wonderful partners have been the Dekalb County Public Library (Decatur Public Library), the Michael Carlos Museum at Emory University and the Center of Puppetry Arts. The collaborations with their respective Education and Children’s dept. and the Georgia Center for the Book have been very successful in creating engaging programming.
List of workshops:
- Spring Break Art Camp 2018
- Hanuman’s Ramayana
- Ganesha idol making
- Rangoli at the Carlos
- Storytelling through textiles: block-printing
- Holi: Festival of color
- Let’s Dress up: Sari and henna traditions
- Peek into my kitchen drawer
- Indian desserts
- From the Indian Grandma’s kitchen: Generational cooking
- The 10 Heads of Ravana!
- Krishna and Kaaliya: Water conservation through Indian miniatures
Description of workshops:
- Spring Break Art camp 2018: This 5-day workshop was based on the miniature paintings from the Ramayana. Participants produced a diorama, scripted, made props and acted in a play. They also created and then burned paper effigies of the Demon King Ravana in keeping with the story from great Indian epic Ramayana. It was a busy and fun week with visits to the Center of Puppetry Arts and the Chinmaya Niketan temple.
- Hanuman’s Ramayana: The workshop included a story telling session based on the book ‘Hanuman’s Rmaayana’ by renowned author Devdutta Patnaik. Children then made their own narratives on banana leaves along with a discussion on story and story-teller.
- Ganesha idol making: The group made clay Ganesha idols and learned about the elephant God, Ganesha. They got to explore the symbolism into this Hindu diety. All new beginnings are marked with God Ganesha. Participants discussed what they would like to begin. A new sketchbook, an art project, a new friendship.
- Rangoli: This workshop exposed children to the decorative tradition of making rangolis, an everyday art form. Discussion included the idea of transient art. Letting go of something you created and enjoy the process rather than the outcome.
- Storytelling through textiles: The workshop discussed Indian block printing including Ajrakh. Participants got to make their own prints. Discussion included the textile traditions of India, the use of locally sourced material and the renaissance of Indian textiles.
- Holi: Festival of color: Organized this event with the City of Decatur Library. A colorful celebration of the Hindu spring festival Holi, which commemorates the victory of good over evil and marks the end of winter and abundance of the upcoming spring. This was an Embrace Our World program funded by a grant from the Decatur Craft Beer Festival and the DeKalb Library Foundation. Coming soon for the third year!
- Let’s dress up — Presented by Global native Gauri Misra-Deshpande, the workshop focused on the art of henna and draping saris and wearing turbans. This was an Embrace Our World program funded by a grant from the Decatur Craft Beer Festival and the DeKalb Library Foundation. http://dekalblibrary.org/events/?id=38433
- Peek into my kitchen drawer: A personal narrative on Indian cooking, spices and Ayurveda. Conducted a lecture and gave a demonstration at the Decatur Public Library as part of the Embrace Our World program.
- Indian desserts: A Georgia Center for the Book workshop. Held before the holidays, this workshop focused on desserts from around India. There were 12 different desserts to sample and many more recipes discussed.
- From the Indian Grandma’s kitchen: Conversations about generational cooking. Recipes pass on within families for various situations and health conditions. The workshop included home cooked samples of many such recipes which you would not find in stores or restaurants. http://dekalblibrary.org/events/?id=43132
- The 10 Heads of Ravana!: This workshop was a beautiful experience of creation and destructions. Participants created their version of the the 10-headed demon king Ravana from the Hindu mythological book Ramayana. They got to see references in the World Puppets section of the Center of Puppetry Arts. They attributed various things they want to rid themselves of on their personal Ravana effigy. A musical procession then made its way to the parking lot where we burned the effigies against the beautiful midtown Atlanta skyline.
- Krishna and Kaaliya: Water conservation through Indian miniatures.
The workshop was inspired by the painting of “Krishna Dancing on the Head of Kaliya” – a beautiful Indian miniature housed in the Michael Carlos Museum. Participants created collage-based artwork and spoke about the effects of pollution on our water resources. They transformed into becoming the guardians of our natural resources.