KAMALA 2008

(08 – 14 FEBRUARY 2008) KOLKATTA

The Crafts Council of Karnataka participated in Kamala 2008 –a Joint Crafts Councils Exhibition at Kolkatta. CCK showcased new product initiatives: Bhuta Metal Masks, Natural Dyed Ilkal Sarees, String Puppets, Ganjifa Paintings and Traditional Board Games of Karnataka.

The exhibition was sponsored by the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON INDIGO

(29 NOVEMBER - 01 DECEMBER 2007) NEW DELHI

The Crafts Council of Karnataka was invited to participate in an international seminar “Culture of Indigo-Exploring the Asian Panorama plant, product and power”, organized by India International Centre-Asia Project, in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Indian Council of Historical Research, from November 29th –December 1st 2007.

Bharati Govindraj presented a paper on Neelambari “The Mysticism of the Goddess Blue”, exploring the mysticism, historic significance and folklore of blue dye in Ilkal sarees of Karnataka. Vatsala Iyengar presented a paper on Indigo Dyeing in Karnataka -History and Tradition.

VASTRABHARANA 2007

(29 SEPTEMBER TO 04 OCTOBER 2007) Bangalore

The Crafts Council of Karnataka’s annual flag ship event,Vastrabharana - Exhibition and Sale of hand- crafted textiles and jewellery was held between 29 September and 04 October 2007, in which 39 textile exhibitors participated.

Smt.Narmadha Thakur, wife of His Excellency, Governor of Karnataka, inaugurated the Exhibition.

ECO – GANESHA MOVEMENT – PRESS MEET

(23 AUGUST 2007) Bangalore

The Crafts Council of Karnataka organised a Press Meet on the Eco – Ganesha Movement on 23 August 2007 at the Press Club Bangalore. The toxic effects of chemical paints used on Ganesha idols made during the Ganesha Festival and its impact on the environement was emphasized. Unpainted clay Ganeshas were displayed at the meet.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP IN KINHAL PAINTED WOODWARE

(07 JULY – 06 SEPTEMBER 2007)

The Crafts Council of Karnataka conducted a Design Development Workshop in Kinhal Craft at Kinhal village, Koppal District between 7 July - 6 September 2007.

NID trained designer Meera Naidu and Mastercraftsperson Shri Ekappa R.Chitragar, conducted the training in which 12 persons participated, including six craftspersons from Kinhal and six from the Glasgow School of Arts, Scotland.

SKILL UPGRADATION TRAINING PROGRAMME IN KAUNA GRASS WEAVING CRAFT

(13 APRIL – JULY 27 2007) SHABALU VILLAGE, KRISHNARAJ TALUK, MYSORE DISTRICT

The Crafts Council of Karnataka organised a Skill Upgradation Training programme in Kauna Grass Weaving between 13 April and July 27, 2007 in Shabalu Village, K.R. Nagar Taluk, Mysore District. The program was held as part of the Stree Shakti Program started by the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Government of Karnataka. This once thriving Karnataka craft had languished over the years, with the proliferation of plastic matsand other types of floor coverings.Production of objects from natural fibres, is an extremely viable economic model, as such production is rural based, using locally available resources, with low start up capital costs, a tool for rural development. It met the overall goal of making women economically self sufficient and empowered.

Designers Chanchali Devi and Vijaya Mala from Manipur conducted the Training, in which 50 women craftspersons participated. The skill upgradation included tight weaving, and making one inch decorative edging, and tasselling, using jute thread instead of plastic thread. Attractive edgings for mats was taught and product innovations included the making of thick floor cushions and baskets in different shapes.

The Training Program was funded by the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Government of Karnataka.

WORLD ELDERS DAY

(2007) Bangalore The Crafts Council of Karnataka, in collaboration with Ashvasan Foundation presented a purse of Rs. 10,000/- to Shri. R. Rangachar, wood inlay craftsperson from Mysore.

CRAFTS IN EDUCATION - STRING PUPPETRY TRAINING FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS

(13 APRIL 2007) Bangalore The Crafts Council of Karnataka conducted a “Training Programme in String Puppetry “for school teachers of Swami Vivekananda Educational Society, Bangalore. The training was imparted by Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee, Shri. M.R. Ranganatha, Rao, in which 12 teachers participated, who in turn would train batches of school children.

KAMALADEVI CHATTOPADHYAY VISHWAKARMA AWARDS

(03 APRIL 2007) Bangalore These awards instituted in the name of Founder Patron of The Crafts Council of Karnataka,Smt. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay in 1986, for young and promising craftspersons, were given at an awards event, held at Raj Bhavan on 03 April 2017. His Excellency, the Governor of Karnataka Shri T.N. Chaturvedi gave away the awards at Raj Bhavan to the following craftspersons of Karnataka:
-   2004 -Smt Noor Salma Banu, for excellence in Wood Lac Turnery
-   2005 -Shri Rajesh. M. Pattar for excellence in Stone Carving.
-   2006 -Shri N. Dakshinamurthy for excellence in Silver Metal Craft.