17th July: ONLINE SANJHI WORKSHOP WITH ASHUTOSH (WITH MATERIALS)


Beginner Friendly Materials Included

ONLINE  SANJHI WORKSHOP WITH ASHUTOSH

DATE: 17th July, 2022

TIME: 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

This workshop will be two hour class for beginners and will conducted over Zoom  - adults or children above 8 years can join.

 Sanjhi is the ancient art of paper stenciling practiced across Mathura and Vrindavan. This art is done with special scissors and hand-made paper to create a stencil.

(You can also sometimes place these stencils on flat surfaces or water, where they can be used to draw rangoli with dry colours or you can frame your sanjhi stencils with coloured paper behind it)

Ashutosh Verma, a fourth generation Sanjhi artist from Mathura will guide you will all process and techniques during the workshop. Sanjhi art has been practised in his family for the last 90 years

The following materials will be sent for this workshop: (if you choose the option to buy with materials)

  • Special Scissors made only for Sanjhi Art by the artists family in Mathura
  • Stencils for tracing the artwork will be provided
  • Handmade paper

    We hope you can join us to support the arts and artists.

     

    • We will be sending a calendar invite and email invite with zoom link to join 2 days before the workshop once we receive payment (please don't select the option for COD).

    • The workshops are attended by beginners as well as others who may already be acquainted with art hence, we will keep a pace that everyone is comfortable with.

    • We will share a recording of the workshop after the workshop, so even if you miss anything please don't worry as you can still follow again from the recording. The artists mostly speak in Hindi, Memeraki team will be moderating and translating.

    • Workshop will be conducted over Zoom. If you don't already use Zoom, please download the zoom app on your phone or laptop (easier to sit on a desk with a laptop or with the phone on a stand so you can see the artist paint and follow at the same time and so that the artist can also see you painting. Please sit in a well-lit place)

    • Please test audio and video on zoom. Please stay on mute during the workshop so that everyone can hear the artist, please unmute anytime you wish to ask a question. We may also request you to switch off video at some points as the locations where the artists are sometimes don’t have good bandwidth (we have tested and it works fine usually)

    • Please also join our Facebook group to keep in touch with us and other participants https://www.facebook.co/groups/1632293370227782. Class is not transferable to another person - please do not share the zoom class link with others once you have registered and please join with the registered email address.


    Artist


    Ashutosh Verma

    Ashutosh’s great grandfather Shri Chain Shuk Das Verma started to master this folk art tradition nearly 300 years ago and since then it has been handed forward from generation to generation.Ashutosh is the 6th generation artist from the Verma community in Mathura. He started learning Sanjhi tradition when he was 5 and it’s been 15 years now that he practicing this artform. His family has won State and National Awards for Sanjhi work and he being just 20 years old has applied for a State Award category.

    Sanjhi is the ancient art of paper stenciling practiced across Mathura and Vrindavan. Craftsmen use specially designed scissors for this artform. The term Sanjhi is derived from the Hindi word sandhya, the period of dusk with which the art form is typically associated.

     



    Art Form

    Sanjhi

    The delicate art of papercutting said to have originated from the times of Lord Krishna has evolved over time from the sanctum of the temple to modern home décor – this is Sanjhi. A rare art from Braj. The word Sanjhi means evening or dusk and is more an expression of the devotional love that was unveiled in the temples. It is said to have originated at the time of Lord Krishna when Radha used to create beautiful patterns out of leaves and flowers creating decorations for Krishna. The story goes that following Radha, other Gopis too indulged in the art to impress the lord. Consequently, the art grew in the 16th and 17th centuries when the walls and floors of temples were decorated with Sanjhi.



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