BAHAMAS Pintard Said Connecting Displaced Young People to the Arts Can be

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 11, 2018 – Nassau – At the recent Opening Reception for “Medium” and the Unveiling of the Gates Commission at the National Art Gallery, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard said in his view culture can have a calming effect if applied to issues of concern currently being dealt with in society.For example, in the ongoing fight against crime Minister Pintard said: “If you take the young man who has a case of self-hatred – which enables him to take the life of someone who looks identical to him, who sounds just like him – and you were to introduce him to a setting like this, where he is able to recognize skills that he has that have never been validated in the society, he begins to see the world differently,” Minister Pintard said.   “He begins to explore certain things in his mind and, more importantly, in his heart, he – or she – has an epiphany.”Minister Pintard said that what his Ministry is doing is asking individuals in society to embrace the creative within themselves.   He added that it could aid in taking the thousands of “disconnected” young people and reconnect them to themselves through the Arts, presenting Bahamian society with a reasonable chance of “doing something transformative” in The Bahamas.Minister Pintard reiterated that it was important to use art as a “national development tool” that helps Bahamian society see the value of the industry, and an image of themselves that they could be in love with and embrace.“It is art that helps us to dismantle the xenophobia that exists in so many societies in The Bahamas, that helps us to look beyond the socio-economic brackets and embrace people from all strata,” he said.Minister Pintard also suggested that art is the “glue” that helps to bring Bahamian society together.   “Let us continue to fund the Arts,” Minister Pintard said to patrons, in particular, that evening.“I honestly believe that we can start a revolution in this country,” he said.   “We wish for our young people to pursue their passion and, of course, to make their passion pay their bills.“We have far too many surgeons holding a scalpel when they would really rather be holding a paintbrush or a torch to cut a piece of iron – far too many persons who are displaced because they have not had enough ‘face time’ with themselves, quiet time, and courage to pursue their passion.”By: Eric Rose (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Feeding Those In Need After Harvey

first_imgWith the help of the Houston Food Bank, Stone Soup is able to feed upwards of 200 families monthly, but as Houston deals with recovery, these numbers are greatly increased.Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse talks with AFH’s CEO Kelly Young and President of Houston Food Bank Brian Greene about the need and the resources out there. Sharelast_img

Mind over matter

first_imgThis may be his debut solo art show but 24-year-old Pallav Chander is not new to the world of arts. He has regaled many an audience with his portrayal of a woman in the play Mahim Junction, has created larger-than-life sets for his other theatrical productions and been a witness to India’s contemporary art scene as the only child to Kanchan Chander, a well-known artist of our times.It’s no wonder then, that even for his debut art show, titled Decoding A Dyslexic Mind that will be held at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from March 1 till March 6, 2014, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pallav shows a remarkable confidence in the autobiographical 35-odd works which include oils on canvas, acrylic on canvas and paperworks. Transcending mediums and genres – he has created textural, semi-abstract figurative works and abstracts too.  Chander’s imagination is inspired by mainly one theme – his own life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’That he is dyslexic and a large part of his work features hands is Chander’s may not be ‘a direct message to not consider dyslexics as abnormal’, but Pallav does concede that he was the brunt of many taunts as a school-going child and Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par did ‘help me a lot’. As art curator Roobina Karode writes in the catalogue essay: ‘Decoding a dyslexic mind is about a particular mind, about Pallav Chander, a young artist who, one fine day snapped out of memories of his uncomfortable school days and grew up to do what he enjoyed the most- make art. While still in school, Pallav had experienced a certain lack of speed in comprehending and writing and these grasping difficulties instilled a certain anxiety towards social interaction and team work in the classroom. As he came to be aware of his disability, but had not yet learnt to come to terms with being dyslexic, he shied away from people, often due to peer pressure and the fear of being judged. With his mother’s constant effort and encouragement Chander was first introduced to performing arts and theatre workshops in the city, and this brought a gradual but dramatic change in his persona, as he had to be on stage and give his role the required emotion in front of an audience. His appetite for the arts was reinforced by his experiences doing theatre.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Of course it was tough as a dyslexic child, and all these works are almost autobiographical. Not only do they reflect my present state of mind but also my growing up years after my parents separated.  Hands came into my work from my experiences in the UK. Each and every hand for me is like a memory, a moment from my life which I would want to remember,’ says Chander.WHERE: Visual Arts Gallery, IHC (till 6 March); Passage Art, Khan Market (7 March to 31 March)last_img read more

Keeping Patola traditions alive

first_imgSarees are known as the flavour of all seasons, and when they are made of natural colours and pure silk one cannot help but keep their eyes glued at the drapes. Recently, the Chandigarh Press Information Bureau took an initiative to allow visits and help witness the live experience of saree making at Patola house in Patan (Gujarat). There are around 700 families who have been indulged in this profession since 11th century but now it is only the Salvi family that has kept the tradition of Patola (double ikat) alive. Though the younger generation is pursuing different professions including that of an architect, an engineer and a physiotherapist, they still work as weavers and are fully trained in the process. Its unique qualities like gorgeous colours, designs and durability lures connoisseurs. The ready stuff has no reverse side as both the sides have equal intensity of color and design. Making a saree is a very complicated process as it requires mental precision along with mathematical calculations as a single thread can result in deformed pattern. The whole process – right from unfolding the silk to the finished product – is done manually, without the help of machines, therefore it takes six months to an year to complete a single piece. The range of these sarees starts from Rs 2 lakhs and can go up to any amount depending on the work done on it. Due to the lack of silk production in our country, mulberry silk is imported from other countries to make Patolas. All the silk threads are tied separately as per the design. The process includes tying, untying, retying and dyeing. The threads are put together in a sequence on the loop so that the design becomes evident. Thereafter, the saree is woven on a primitive hand operated harness loom made out of rosewood and bamboo strips. According to Rohit Bhai Salvi, the leader of the family, natural vegetable colours are used for making the piece. Because of a double resist in the dying process, the colour of these sarees never fade. Around 10 centuries ago, King Kumara Pala of Gujarat brought the expertise of Patolas from Maharashtra to make these sarees. But now it is the 16th generation of Salvi family that is trying hard to keep the tradition alive. To inform and aware people about this tradition, the family has converted their ancestral house into a museum where around 100 visitors step in everyday. The family had been a recipient of many awards for keeping the tradition alive. These include the Shilp Guru Award 2002, which was conferred upon Vinayak K Salvi by Dr Abdul Kalam, then President of the country; the National Award of Master in 1965 and CraftsMan of the year award in 1993. The President of India has conferred the national awards for Master Craft Persons to these very Salvi’s in 1978, 1987 and 1997. The family had also participated in regional trading workshop for women dealing with modern and traditional dyeing, weaving silk in Asia at Bangkok, Thailand in 1987 and in Haebru Asia Kasuri Road Festival in Okinawa, Japan in November 2000. They had also been honoured by Vishvakarma Award – 1984; National Award – 1987; and National Award – 1997 by then Prime Minister Atal Vihari Vajpayee and many more.last_img read more

Businessman shot at in Dholahat battles for life

first_imgKolkata: A businessman was shot at in South 24-Parganas on Saturday night.The injured person was shifted to a Kolkata hospital as his condition became serious.The businessman was shot at on Saturday night at Dholahat in South 24-Parganas. The injured person identified as Pulakesh Mondal was returning home riding his bike. Near Milan More area, a few miscreants blocked his way and tried to snatch his valuables away. Primarily, the miscreants tried to take away the mobile phone but were resisted by Mondal. When Mondal got down from the bike and tried to stop the miscreants, one of them fired a round of bullet aiming Mondal and fled the scene. The bullet hit Mondal on the left side of his chest and he fell on the ground. Hearing the sound of a bullet being fired, locals ran to Mondal and rushed him to Diamond Harbour Sub-Divisional Hopsital. Later on Saturday night, Mondal was shifted to a hospital in Kolkata. None has been arrested in this case till Sunday night.last_img read more