Toying with artisans’ lives

Criteria of government schemes and programs not artisan friendly, say Channapatna toy makers It was a silent day. Krishna Singh, a toy maker in Channapatna was carefully painting the wooden spinning top in his shop surrounded by colorful toys. The sound of an auto pierced the silence. As a customer entered the shop, Krishna’s face […]

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Analytical engine weaves to take over jacquard prints

Jacquard punching cards are being replaced by the computer designed analytical engine weaves.  The textile industry is seeing a significant shift as the timeless art of jacquard brocade print on cardboard, designed by the skilled artisans,  is being replaced by the computer-designed analytical engine weaves, said  Viraj, a fashion designing professor visiting the Weaving Lights […]

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Government support dwindling for Yakshagana

Yakshagana artists fall on hard times due to consistent lack of support from the government. Practitioners of Mudalapaya Yakshagana, the older, traditional style of Karnataka’s art form believe that if the art form is to survive, the government has to intervene quickly—existing support from village audiences will not take it far. The more modern style, […]

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