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Pingla

December 2018

The team walked around the Patachitra artists’ village, interacted with the artists informally and saw their scroll paintings, listened to the songs, visited the community museum to know about the different types of Patachitra, stories and the process of art making along with tools. Later they held the workshop in the Folk Art Centre with a group of 15 participants to learn more deeply about their heritage attributes, change of context and the art making,...

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Rairangpur

December 2018

Around 30 rural artists both senior gurus and junior artists from the adjacent villages assembled for the workshop at the stage of Bamanghati Chau Nrutya Pratishthan in Rairangpur. The workshop started with a performance of Mayurbhanj Chau. Later the Gurus shared how the age-old dance form originated with the help of royal patronization and how it associated with the local festivals. The research team also enquired about current market, performing opportunities,...

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Raghurajpur

December 2018

The team reached the heritage village in the morning and walked around to acquaint themselves with the Patachitra tradition and the other art forms which are also practiced in Raghurajpur. Around 25 participants including senior, junior and women artists were present in the library room of the village to share the historical background of their art, associated stories, current market and challenges with the research team. A 40-years old video footage of the village...

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Nimdih

December 2018

The workshop at Nimdih, Purulia was also started with a short presentation of Chau dance and Natua dance which is the predecessor of Chau. Around 20 artists including senior gurus and junior artists were present at the workshop. They shared how the dance form along with its masks, costumes have evolved with time. The artists stated that the market has changed and they improvised the stories and the steps. The Chau mask makers from Charida, Purulia were also present...

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Tepantar

December 2018

Around 25 senior, junior and women Bauls and Fakirs mostly from Nadia and Birbhum and also from Murshidabad and Bardhaman were present in theatre village Tepantar, Bardhaman. The workshop began with Baul songs that very well represented the diversity and style of rendition that exists among different districts. The songs were part of a journey of the Bauls and their songs through different period and places presented by founder director of Contact Base Amitava...

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Santiniketan

December 2018

On the last day of the trip, the team visited Santiniketan, the place famous for Ashrama established by poet Rabindranath Tagore, and the Visva Bharati university, met with the faculty members from Fine Arts and Art History. The team also interacted about IP rights and relationship of traditional artists and fine art students with a group of students who were participating in a Chau mask making workshop. The team walked around the entire campus including the Murals...

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This research project, Heritage Sensitive Intellectual Property and Marketing strategies: India (HIPAMS - INDIA), is funded by the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme, supported under the UK Government's Global Challenges Research Fund 2018-2020.