Tripping on Indian Creativity #7

This week's edition of the 6 most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet include a school in Baramati whose walls have been beautifully illustrated and a saree which was embroidered over 6 months.

Roughly speaking, dictionary dot com defines creativity as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships or the like and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations using the power of imagination.

At Engrave, we worship this ability to create and recreate in India day in and day out and have decided to pay tribute to the artisans and craftspeople that practice this by undertaking a fortnightly pilgrimage to six (6) of the most creative places in Indian arts and crafts on the internet and share our discoveries with you.

The idea of this trip is to introduce you to India’s best of what’s out there and inspire you to do the best you can to be more creative, for creativity is a quality the world can do with a lot more of. And on that note, welcome to this week’s six (6) most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet.

1. Ideas for school

by Abhinav Kafare

‘Dear children let nature be your ultimate teacher. Painted the zila prishad prathmik shala sonkaswadi, baramati. It was an amazing experience…Thank u Swati Shingade, an organic farmer working in the field of agriculture and farming at Agrowon for taking initiative to paint the school. Thank you all the villagers for their support and lastly entire bade moochwale team it wouldn’t have been possible without you….!” – Abhinav Kafare. Take a closer look at what the creative mind of Kafare put in place for the children and people of Baramati.

2. Creativity in Rangoli

by Nitin Vyas

It takes diligence and concentration and dedication to create drop-dead gorgeous rangolis. It takes diligence and concentration and dedication to create drop-dead gorgeous pieces of creativity. See what happens when these three qualities meet creativity in rangoli.

3. Pastels and pencils

by Shashikant Dhotre
Before you take a closer look at the complex and fine art of simplicity in this piece of creativity with colour pencils and dry pastels on paper by Shashikant Dhotre, be warned, it could blow your mind.

4. A storehouse for creativity

by Priyanka Thukral

A creative place to store things for good is always welcome. Drawers are found in most houses. You keep all sorts of things in them. You go back to them time and again. A touch of creativity can make them even more welcoming. For instance, a piece of creative drawer (and drawing) work like so.

Wooden Drawers by Happily For You.

5. Stitches of embroidery

by Meenakshi Kalra

A combination of skill and persistence infused with Indian-ness and creativity is this piece of needlework on sari by Meenakshi Kalra that took six long months to complete and is proof of the fact that creativity is touch of inspiration and plenty of hard work.

Embroidery by Meenakshi Karla.

6. Terracotta trinket

by Vanisree KS

Beautifully handcrafted and hand painted terracotta necklace that depicts Kathakali from Kerala. Paired with a cute pair of terracotta Kathakali earrings.

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Update: We have compiled the entire series of blog posts on Tripping on Indian Creativity in one place. To read other editions of the series, click here.

Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.


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