Warli Art Workshop with Budding Bloom Experimental School, Baramulla
As experienced by the JK Arts Foundation team in the last one year, every good art workshop begins with a silence; a quietness of acknowledgement, attention, concentration, aspiration, and intention. This is what happened on Monday when the students of Budding Bloom Experimental School began their participation in the Warli Folk Art Intermediate Workshop. They (students who were 30 in number) were so engrossed in the art instruction video that they didn't hear their names being called by the teacher. When asked how satisfied they were with the Warli Folk Art workshop they stated: "We can't thank the JK Arts Foundation enough for providing this unique opportunity for us to share our creative sides. We thoroughly enjoyed the activity and found it a very useful addition to our list of hobbies." The teacher in charge, Miss Afroza, also expressed her gratitude to the JK Arts Foundation for organizing the art workshop with the students of Budding Bloom Experimental School. "I am really happy with the determination of JK Arts Foundation to continue the mission of democratizing Arts in Education. I congratulate the JK Arts Foundation team on the success of today's workshop with our bloomians. The workshop helped our students explore their hidden artistic talent. It made them realise that they are artists. I hope you will conduct more workshops with our students. We appreciate your time and expertise in Indian Tribal Folk Art Forms," said Miss Afroza. The JK Arts Foundation team members informed the students that their organisation aims to provide a lifetime of opportunities and benefits to students who want to excel and compete in art. “We want the students to develop competency in art and appreciate the importance of art,” they said. About Warli Tribal Art Form The Warli Tribal Art Form,, which is native to Maharashtra, is known for its simple wall paintings. It is considered one of the best examples of folk art. Basic geometrical shapes such as square, circle, and triangle are employed in this. On a dark red background, these artworks are carved in white colour (bamboo used as a brush). Hunting, festivals, fishing, farming, dancing, and other everyday scenes are depicted in the picture. About Baramulla (Location of school) Raja Bhimsina created the city of Baramulla, from which the district gets its name, in 2306 BC. Baramulla has attracted a number of notable visitors. Heiun T'Sang, a well-known Chinese visitor, and Moorcraft, a British historian, are among them. Baramulla has a peculiar fascination for Mughal Emperors. It was a halting station for them throughout their visits to the Valley because it was the valley's gateway. Emperor Akbar, who entered the Valley via Pakhil in 1508 AD, spent a few days in Baramulla, which, according to "Tarikh-e-Hassan," was decked like a bride during Akbar's stay. During his tour to Kashmir in 1620 AD, Jahangir also stayed in Baramulla. Baramulla became significant to Muslims in the 15th century when the famed Muslim saint Syed Janbaz Wali, who visited the valley with his companions in 1421 AD, chose Baramulla as the centre of his mission and was buried there after his death. Pilgrims come from all over the Valley to visit his shrine. Shri Hargobind Singh, the sixth Sikh Guru, paid a visit to the city in 1894 AD. As a result, Baramulla became a melting pot of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and Sikhs living in peace and contributing to a diverse culture.