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Art Comes to Grant Road Station

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Grant Road Station, 10 am, October 2, Gandhi Jayanti. It’s unbelievable how much action there was. A little team from Akanksha painted away on a dirty, wet portion of the station as part of a larger initiative to make the railway stations of the city a little less dreary.

Before we knew it, a painter on his way to work dropped by to give us his suggestions, a father with his five year old decided to not go where he was going and joined us instead! The organisers were so excited that they became our team of painters.

It’s amazing how things happen even when they feel like they’re not happening.

Hats off to the little team of Akanksha alumni, headed by Suraj, who worked on this!

This is one of the two walls that the Akanksha team is painting.

Art for Akanksha murals are a great way to have a space transformed while painting with a group of little artists from Akanksha. We paint office spaces, bedrooms, schools – we just need a brief and a wall!! Get in touch with ruchika.gupta@akanksha.org

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Lending a Home to Art!

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To help us in our endeavour to spread the message of art and its immense possibilities in impacting the lives of our children, Art for Akanksha supporters decided to come together by…lending us their homes!

They decided that a simple way to raise money for art education was to bring their family and friends into their homes and to overwhelm them by a crazy riot of colours in the form of our products designed to be bursting with energy and vibrancy.

It’s a simple yet powerful concept. The Art for Akanksha Home Bazaars.

Over the years, we’ve had many of our ardent supporters lend their homes to us for a day – to turn their living rooms into a bazaar space, but one which is more intimate and personal. It becomes a space to understand what art can do for children and how they in turn can support it – through sales, donations, teaching and volunteering.

As we launch a new collection of designs and products for the festive season, the Home Bazaars become an incredible tool for us to meet new people, and open up opportunities in many new directions.

Here’s a little peak into our gracious hosts Indu and Shameek Bhargava’s home. We were overwhelmed by their love and wonderful response from their friends and family.

If you’ve missed the excitement here, you can catch us again at Riyana and Ishani’s home tomorrow, September 23rd, from 11am to 7pm, at 1101 Callalily, Z Wing, Nahar Amrit Shakti Chandivali, Powai. Bring your friends along to witness the magic of art and children. Do help us spread the word!

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Laheriya Magic!

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It was like watching a magician unfold a magic trick. The gasps, the aww, the bright eyes that filled the room were amazing to watch as Badshah Miyan, a national award winning Laheriya artist taught a class in one of the Akanksha run BMC schools.

Understated in his style and thrilled to be teaching, Badshah Miyan said ‘Who says India does not have talent. Give these children a month with a technique like laheriyan and watch the wonders.’ Teachers who watched the workshop felt that such opportunities were key in providing students a sense of respect for art forms that are slowly disappearing. There is no greater sense of achievement than actually creating something yourself from scratch.

We thank the team at Paramparik Karigar for the work they do in bringing artisans to the city and providing schools like our’s the chance to believe in magic.

A palette full of happiness

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When there’s art and oodles of colour there can only be an abundance of joy and happiness. And that was the sole objective of the mural painting activity organised by Novartis in partnership with Art for Akanksha for the children of St. Borges Home – a hospice that offers shelter to many a child and adult who come to Mumbai for cancer treatment.

The plain white walls of the St Borges hall/ cafeteria slowly metamorphosed into an expression of joyous abandon as the Novartis employees teamed up with St. Borges children and were guided by the Akanksha design class alumni. They all dabbled with colours and created some of their own. They painted with their fingers and gave the art on the wall a voice so unique!

The fabulous outcome doesn’t just reflect off the walls today, but will stay on as colourful memories with all those who participated at St. Borges Home.

Art for Akanksha murals are a great way to have a space transformed while painting with a group of little artists from Akanksha. We paint office spaces, bedrooms, schools – we just need a brief and a wall!! Get in touch with ruchika.gupta@akanksha.org

 

 

Alumni Feature: “The dot helped me realise my potential”

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Hi. I am Sana. I am an Akanksha alumnus. I joined design class when everything was going wrong for me and I had really low self esteem. But the more classes I attended the more I learnt about myself. I learnt that I should never laugh at anyone or pull them down. I learnt that I should always encourage people and help them grow in confidence.

In art class I came up with my own unique style of using dots. It was a phase where I only used dots and I would get completely engrossed in them. The dot was a mirror that helped me realise my potential. I’ve tried to bring it back again! Hope you like it.

 

Watch out for the ‘Art for Akanksha Retrospective Collection’ which brings back some of the art, products as well as students that go back almost 25 years and brings it back to the present.  It is about ideas, motifs and themes that keep the essence of its Akanksha creators but with a more modern feel.

 

Alumni Feature: “Art class taught me to believe in myself”

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“Hi. I am Naval. I am an Akanksha alumnus. Art class taught me to believe in myself and never give up in any situation. I started my journey here as a student and today I teach art to all my students. Whatever I’ve learned so far through art, I’d like to give back to all my kids.

The fish motif used to be a predominant feature in all my art work as a child. I’ve tried to bring it back in a new avatar. Hope you like it.”

 

Watch out for the ‘Art for Akanksha Retrospective Collection’ which brings back some of the art, products as well as students that go back almost 25 years and brings it back to the present.  It is about ideas, motifs and themes that keep the essence of its Akanksha creators but with a more modern feel.

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