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Interactive session with traditional pot makers

Our Correspondent
Silchar, May 31: Nature describes its manifestation in several ways and human beings are the most effective reviewer of nature. Due to this expertise, human beings are noticing and conceiving diverse unseen and unfold treasure of nature. Exploring proficiency of human beings generates oral history and written history. Geographical, socio cultural, political and economic condition of a particular place describes its historical sequences. Accordingly the peripheral location of Barak Valley also defines its historical context in various manners, regarding that the art and craft history of Barak Valley is a noticeable phenomenon in the history of this province.

The magnificence of art and craft of Barak region has connection with the ancient history of undivided Bengal. But, unfortunately the circumstances of certain art and craft of this domain is in threatening zone and the traditional folk painting of Sora is one of them. Sora is basically made as a sporadic work and customarily prepared once in a year. Sora is commonly associated with specific folk rituals. At present in Barak Valley, the response of Sora is very little and it is due to the change in the socio economic objectives of urban as well as in rural life of Barak Valley.
Only few artists are now practising Sora painting in this region and Panibhora is one of the distinguished places in Barak Valley. Shilpangan, a social organization and its passionate activists are making strategies to create awareness and to record this age old tradition through revision and discussion of Sora painting in Barak valley. In this regard, Shilpangan in collaboration with Jookto and Folkus is planning to organize a 2 day interactive workshop at Folkus Art Gallery, Shillongpatty in Silchar from June 1, with traditional pot makers of Panibhora, with the contemporary thinkers, educationists, art lovers and young artists of this valley.

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Ankur Kalita