Hunar Haat

Guwahati: The ongoing “Hunar Haat” in Guwahati has caught everyone’s attention and witnessed heavy footfall since March 11. While several artists from across India are participating in the exhibition, showcasing their talent and unique artforms in around 300 stalls, two stalls caught EastMojo’s attention.

One stall showcases the miniature art form of feather paintings, and the other displays one of India’s oldest traditional artworks from Andhra Pradesh popularly known as ‘leather puppetry.’

Muskan, a second-year Fine Arts student of Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi, captures portraits on feathers, stones, shells and almost every tiny object she comes across.

“It has been around two to three years since I started painting on feathers. I have been practising it a lot, and that is how I am gradually trying to get better at this art,” Muskan said.

In one of her unique artworks, the artist put together 50 feathers to create the portrait of Lady Radha and Lord Krishna.

“This unique painting that I created was after I put together around fifty feathers to create a scenery where Radha Krishna can be seen,” Muskan further added.

While Muskan’s stall is one of a kind in the exhibition, the stall from Andhra Pradesh is showcasing leather puppetry, one of India’s oldest art forms. Locally known as ‘Tholu Bommalata.’ the stall belongs to Shiva who has come from his Nimmalakunta village in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

The puppets at his stall are leather cut-outs and take several days of effort to get the desired result. Further, those structures are painted by the designated craftsperson to showcase stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata in the puppetry show.

While speaking to EastMojo, Shiva said, “We make very large paintings and Ramayana paintings are some of them. For one of those paintings, my father Kulbi was accorded with the National award and my grandfather received the Padma Shree.”

Hunar Haat, the first-of-its-kind exhibition held in Guwahati at the Veterinary College Ground in Khanapara, has been organised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. The theme is “Confluence of Crafts, Cuisine and Culture”, and the exhibition will continue till March 20.


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