Venue: Anandagram, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
We report here another hidden treasure of Delhi.
Sanskriti Foundation houses a crafts museum, Anandagram on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, close to Arjangarh Metro Station.
Spread over a sprawling green landscape, the mud coloured buildings evoke an instant awe. The display galleries are towards the left and, within a few minutes, each gallery leaves us spellbound. “Árt in Life” seems to be the driving principle behind collection. To reflect that, the galleries are curated as per terracotta votives, terracotta idols, clay idols, utensils, textiles and other objects used in daily life.
The items seem to have been sourced from various parts of India. Some of the walls were resplendent with folk paintings in Madhubani and Phad styles. The displays were supported with interactive presentations which were visually mesmerising and enhanced with pieces of Indian classical music.
In fact, it has interesting art work and installations – using folk pieces – strewn all over the ground.
We interacted with a couple of artists – Vicki McConville and Barani who had their quaint studios at Anandagram. They gave us a peak of their works-in-progress and we look forward to seeing their complete works.
We also had the good opportunity of meeting Mr. O. P. Jain, the founder, and were humbled by his simplicity. He told us that his aim was to develop this place as a resource centre and asked us to provide any feedback that we may have for making the place interactive.
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