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‘Sanjhi’ Art Workshop held at FDDI, Fursatganj

Recently a workshop on ‘Sanjhi’ Art (Paper cutting) was organized at Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Fursatganj campus.

The workshop was held to enhance the creative skill & understanding of Foundation batch students of FDDI for Indian traditional crafts.

The renowned artisan, Mr. Ram Soni who is National & UNESCO Award winner (2002) from Alwar, Rajasthan was invited to train the techniques. Mr. Soni is custodian of this ancient art form that his family has been practicing for at last 350 years.

‘Sanjhi’ Art from Mathura is a truly unique craft form that features exquisite designs and intricate picture motifs, cut into paper. Craftsmen use specially designed scissors to accomplish this process.

The art grew in the 16thand 17th centuries, when the walls and floors of temples were decorated with ‘Sanjhi’ motifs. The term ‘Sanjhi’ is derived from the Hindi word ‘Sandhya’, the period of dusk with which the art form is typically associated. The art depicts Indian mythological stories in numerous forms, with predominant focus on Krishna’s Leela.

Today, the art of Sanjhi’ has become rare and is practiced by very few people in very few temples only. Sanjhi’ practice is among the most ancient and most beautiful branches of this tradition, which somehow remains in the temple of Radharamana at Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.

Students participated enthusiastically in this hands-on workshop where they learned how ‘Sanjhi’ is used in contemporary ways to create unique and beautiful art work. They also comprehend the skill and hard work behind the beautiful traditional craft.