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Meet the back-room artists of Jharcraft

- State agency hosts workshop to add to collection, identifies talent for future projects

Next time you visit the Jharcraft showroom at Kadru on Main Road in Ranchi, you may be in for a pleasant surprise.

For, the state agency that supports sericulture farmers, weavers and artisans will soon supplement its stock with new entries that include some ethnic paintings, designer tussar saris and stoles with traditional motifs.

The Telegraph met a few artisans and craftsmen from three states — Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand — whose labour has gone on to produce the best tribal artwork and designs.

All these artists were working during a three-day workshop conducted by Jharcraft. “We will display these works at our stores. Such workshops help us identify craftsmen whom we can approach later,” said store manager Vijay Kumar Roy.


Artists: Kailash Pradhan, Santosh Tekam and Choti Tekam

From: Dindori in Madhya Pradesh

Speciality: Having a striking visual semblance with Bihar’s Madhubani paintings, Gond art also has its distinct and elaborate illustrations. Nature in the form of trees, birds, comes alive on canvases, while tribal life is also a subject that is commonly used in Gond paintings.



Artist: Bharat Maharana and Bibhuti Swain

From: Raghurajpur in Puri district of Odisha

Speciality: The theme of this folk painting has been drawn from daily life, showing several rows of human forms engaged in daily or ceremonial activities. It is also very similar to the Sohrai paintings of Hazaribagh



Artist: Kamini Sinha and Choti Tekam

From: Ranchi

Speciality: Working on tussar saris and stoles, Sinha illustrated the Madhubani painting that is characterised by eye-catching geometrical patterns


Other attractions

Besides these six artists, there was Sanjukta Swain from Raghurajpur who made attractive hanging birds out of paper mache and nine other contemporary artists like Dinesh Singh, Vinod Ranjan, Praveen Karmakar and Manoj Sinha. Henry Kerketta was the sole wood sculptor at the workshop.

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