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GLOCAP’s Art Workshops for Youth in India, 2016

"Children's Mandala Mural for Peace", Partavdi Village School near Panchgani, India. 2016

Children’s Mandala Mural for Peace, Partavdi Village School near Panchgani, India.

 

 

 

In the summer of 2016 Global Children’s Art Programme established it’s first art workshops in India.  Coordinated by Ayesha Rabadi (Phd candidate, Columbia University Teachers College) and Timothy Lomas we held 2 art events for youth. One at the Gurunanak School in Mumbai and one in the rural mountain area of Panchgani at the Partavdi Village School.

Art projects consisted of a study of traditional “Madhubani” artwork and GLOCAP’s signature “Children’s Mandala Mural for Peace” which has now been recreated in over 20 cities throughout 7 different countries, each with it’s own unique style specific to the region.  For our “Mandala Murals” in India we added bindi gems which added a distinctive Indian esthetic to the overall design.

Madhubani painting (also known as Mithila painting) is practiced in the Mithila state of Nepal and the Bihar state of India.  Originally these folk paintings were created using fingers, twigs, brushes, and matchsticks using natural pigments and dyes.  These ornately designed works were traditionally painted by women for occasions of births, marriages, and festivals and often pictured gods and goddesses with symbolic metaphors of the divine.  Interestingly, “Madhubani”(‘Madhu’-honey, ‘Ban’-forest or woods) loosely translates as “Forest of Honey”.

In Mumbai we were joined by Ms. Preety Kothari and Hrishi Raol.  At the Partavdi Village School our team included Hrishi and Zavareh Sethna.

We brought back samples of our Indian students’ “Madhubani” drawings for exhibition at The IDEAL School of Manhattan so that students in the U.S. could learn about Indian culture through the artwork of children like themselves.

 

Guru Nanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

"Madhubani Flowers" by Ashwini, 10 yrs.

“Madhubani Flowers”
by Ashwini, 10 yrs.

"Madhubani Flowers" by Ashwini, 10 yrs.

“Madhubani Flowers”
by Ashwini, 10 yrs.

Madhura 9

“Madhubani Circles” by Madhura, 9 yrs.

Tanvi 9

“Madhubani Vase with Flowers” by Tanvi, 9 yrs.

"Sita" by Kamlesh, 10 yrs.

“Sita” by Kamlesh, 10 yrs

 

 

 

 

 

"Madhubani Krishna" by Saengeeta, 10 yrs

“Madhubani Krishna” by Saengeeta, 10 yrs

"Flower Vase" by Yashraj, 11 yrs.

“Flower Vase”
by Yashraj, 11 yrs.

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India

“Madhubani Circles” by Madhura, 9 yrs.

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India

“Scenery” by Rahul, 10 yrs

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Madhubani Sun” by Nayaneeta, 11 yrs

 

 

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“5 Flowers” by Disha, 10 yrs

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Sunflower” by Sahana, 10 yrs

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Fish in the Sea” by Prathmesh, 10 yrs.

 

 

 

 

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Radha is Beautiful” by Lavanya, 11 yrs

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Flowers” by Tanvi. 9 yrs.

 

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Three Trees” by Khan Asgar Ali, 10 yrs

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Adding bindi to our “Children’s Mandala Mural for Peace” at the Guru Nanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Dancing Peacock” by Diksha, 10 yrs

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Warm Sun” by Sumit, 10 yrs.

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Butterfly” by Yashraj, 11 yrs.

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Sun with Trees” by Abhishek, 10 yrs

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Beauty Sun” by Sagar, 10 yrs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Adding bindi gems to our “Mandala Mural”

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

“Sun” by Pratali, 10 yrs.

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Mandala design for our Peace Mural

 

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Mandala design for our Peace Mural

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Mandala designs for our Peace Mural

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Mandala designs for our Peace Mural

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Mandala designs for our Peace Mural

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Mandala designs for our Peace Mural

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Friends

 

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Local women outside of the school

Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India. 2016

Friends

Preety. Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India

Preety Kothari, Artist & Volunteer

Ayesha. Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India

Ayesha Rabadi, Coordinating Artist

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Preety Kothari, volunteer artist (L) and Ayesha Rabadi (R

Hrishi. Gurunanak School, Mumbai, India

Hrishi Raol, Volunteer

 

 

Timothy Lomas (GLOCAP President) with Ms. Kaur (School Principal, Guru Nanak School)

Timothy Lomas (GLOCAP President) with Ms. Kaur (School Principal, Guru Nanak School)

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The streets of Gatkopar, India

A local "Rangoli" design of pigmented rice flour greets us.

A local “Rangoli” design of pigmented rice flour greets us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partavdi Village School near Panchgani, India. 2016

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About the Author
Timothy Lomas is an artist and international arts educator. He is also President and co-founder of The Global Children's Art Programme.

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