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Skill help for artisans

A government institution has decided to take the help of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, to train the state’s artisans in making products that fit the market requirements.

Upendra Maharathi Shilp Anusandhan Sansthan, a training institution for artisans under the industries department, will start the session by October.

It regularly organises workshops for artisans to help them develop new ideas and skills. Experts from Bihar and outside the state are invited for these sessions.

Officials of Upendra Maharathi Shilp Anusandhan Sansthan said empanelled designers of the National Institute of Design (NID), including faculty members and designers from outside the design school, would train the artisans this time.

Ashok Kumar Sinha, its director, said: “The training session will start in the next two months. If the artisans, involved in making traditional handicrafts, are given professional training on how to make products according to the market’s needs, it can help in the sale of the items.”

The government undertaking, established in 1956 by the industries department, aims to preserve, reserve and promote the various forms of handicrafts in Bihar.

Artists in Patna are happy but called for a proper platform to sell the handicrafts.

Ashok Kumar Biswas, a Tikuli artist, said: “I have attended workshops conducted by the Upendra Maharathi Shilp Anusandhan Sansthan. Last year, experts helped us learn skills and develop ideas to promote our products.”

Now, he can make office stationery, apart from the usual home décor items.

Art critic Manoj Kumar Bachchan demanded a platform for the artisans to sell their products, though.

He said: “The initiative would not bring fruitful results if the artisans are not provided a suitable platform to sell their products. Proper marketing strategies have to be devised to provide them a favourable market.”