Kalapana festival promoting arts, crafts to open in Mumbai

Mumbai, Jan 6 (IANS) Celebrating the diverse forms of arts and crafts in India is the ‘Kalapana — a specially curated festival launched by the Tata Trusts — which will start off here on Saturday.

The two-day event organised at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) in Kala Ghoda will showcase three performing arts as well as 10 craft organisations from different parts of the country.

Kalapana provides a platform in metro cities to showcase the talents of groups and organisations that are supported by Tata Trusts and their effort to preserve, promote and perpetuate contemporary and traditional art practices and craft forms from across the country.

“Kalapana will showcase a curated group of craft organisations who have worked passionately in remote outposts of the country to revive and contemporise some of India’s finest handicrafts. Hopefully, this ‘Kalapana’ will grow in many ways”, said Deepika Sorabjee, Head of Media, Arts and Culture at Tata Trusts.

The participating performing arts organisations include Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (Contemporary Dance) from Baengaluru; Dhrupad Sansthan (Indian Classical Music) from Bhopal; and Ninasam (Theatre) from Shimoga district in Karnataka.

Heritage craft forms such as handloom weaving, embroideries, leather craft, dhokra metal, natural fiber craft, and folk art among others, will be exhibited during the festival.