Swayam Shilp

SwayamShilp: Promoting Tribal Arts and Crafts

In an effort to promote, preserve and propagate tribal arts and crafts of India, JSPL Foundation has launched a unique initiative called SwayamShilp, wherein a series of workshops will be conducted across India thereby providing artists from the tribal hinterland of the country with a national platform.

The first in this series was a workshop on Dokra art held from August 03-09, 2015, jointly organized with the National Crafts Museum, and conducted by noted Dokra artist from Ektaal village in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, Mr. Purnachanda Pradhan. Mr. Pradhan has been engaged in the craft since childhood and was felicitated by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India as Best Artisan in 2009.

Seventeen students participated in the workshop, mostly hailing from College of Arts, Delhi University and the Triveni Kala Sangam.

Most art forms in the tribal hinterland of India are facing tough times and are near extinction. SwayamShilp is an effort by the JSPL Foundation to revive, promote and preserve these art forms. We are commencing SwayamShilp with a series of workshops wherein keen art lovers in Delhi and other cities in the country can learn the age old art and craft of tribal India. We chose Dokra as it is the most visible and famous craft from Chhattisgarh.

In the coming months, SwayamShilp will see a series of workshops being organized in the National Capital as well as other cities on different forms of tribal arts and crafts from across the country. The initiative will bring the art and the artists of these varied genres onto the national platform. The workshops will also give the artisans an opportunity to showcase their craft nationally and provide them with a bigger market for their products.

A small step towards promoting tribal arts and crafts and preserving village art that is under threat of extinction. Here’s hoping that this sounds the bugle for the revival of indigenous art in the country!