Crafts among the many other things, animals and practices are the endangered lot. With mechanisation, globalisation and a few more serious words, culture has seen a massive change. While it is the natural course of evolution one argues, there is no denying. It’s a joy to see Parents getting along their young kids to the craft exhibitions.
Even the visiting artisans compliment the organizers for the workshops and small demo sessions organised for the kids to learn pottery, folk styles of painting, paper crafts etc. We suppose it serves the dual purpose of keeping the little ones constructively occupied (Helps quite a bit right?) as well as increasing the craft awareness.
With each passing day, we have a generation growing in increased influence of western and a globally common culture. Somewhere local identities are likely to get lost. Kudos to all the mindful parents who ensure to inculcate an appreciation for culture, local specialities and handicrafts amongst their kids. These would be flag bearers of otherwise forgotten crafts.
The idea probably is that culture and practices however obsolete and irrelevant to our times, situations and lives; it still deserves to survive as a significant part of history. You never know when the world realizes a need to go back in time. Someone should keep points of inspiration alive for that right.
Proud to see many young girls growing up appreciating the difference between a Tanchoi and Taant! Young boys who love their tiny Khadi Kurtas for the festivities! Gives one hope for the survival of crafts even as artistic pursuits, exclusive to their patrons.
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