Kalamkari literally means “pen craft”. It is one of the most beautiful Indian art forms that involve block printing and hand printing is done on pieces of cotton fabrics and uses only natural colors and vegetable dyes. Kalamkari art originates from the state of Andhra Pradesh and was used to portray scenes from mythological texts which are Ramayan, Mahabharat, and Bhagwat Geeta.
The Circle Community brings together this culturally vibrant and ancient art with Shruti Agrawal.
About The Artist
Shruti Agrawal is a folk artist, a textile and fashion designer. She has practiced art forms for 25 years and specializes in Pattachitra, Madhubani, Kalamkari, Kerala Mural, Pichwai, and Gond art. Indian folk art has always fascinated her.
The Workshop Began
Shruti gave a short introduction about Kalamlkari and said there is a lot of Mughal influence on this art form. She made designs of various patterns and structures, drew a flower and a peacock. She explained that in kalamkari outlining the sketch is done before coloring the sketch. She started painting shades of light and dark blue in the background and colored the flower and feather of peacock with a light shade of pink.
Towards The End Of The Workshop
The attendees showed their co-created Kalamkari artworks and shruti gave feedback and appreciation to all the participants and she asked the attendees to connect her on Instagram for further feedback.
All the attendees showed their Kalamkari artworks to Shruti as she appreciated all of them for their creativity and artwork. The Kalamkari art was colorful, beautiful, and visually attractive. The host thanked the guest for sharing their knowledge and experience about Kalamkari art.
The attendees were from different parts of the country. They also belonged to different age groups but their love for art brought them together on a single platform. The Circle Community, as always, was successful in connecting artists and curating a magical and positive vibe together.
On this note, here’s us signing off until next time!
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