Artisan on a mission: Reviving Sozni art through his work

Artisan on a mission: Reviving Sozni art through his work

In the picturesque Batwina area of Ganderbal, a sozni artist named Showkat Ahmed Lone had breathed new life into the craft.His extraordinary creations including portraits of influential persons has earned him widespread acclaim in the world of art. The personalities including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Ministers AB Vajpayee and Dr Manmohan Singh have … Read more

Khan’s Pashmina shawls leave G20 delegates spellbound in New Delhi

Khan’s Pashmina shawls leave G20 delegates spellbound in New Delhi

‘When it comes to art, Kashmir word surfaces automatically’ As G20 summit in New Delhi was nearing its culmination, it was the Kashmir’s Pashmina shawls, which brought cultural flavour to the historic meet. Pashmina shawls of the valley’s renowned artisan Padmashri Haji Gulam Rasool Khan were the limelight of the meet. His shawls were gifted … Read more

Kashmir’s wicker willow craft gaining global recognition

Kashmir’s wicker willow craft gaining global recognition

Foreign delegates praise ‘exceptional’ designs during recent G20 meeting in Srinagar The age-old artistry of crafting wicker willow, locally known as “Kaani Keam” in the Kashmir Valley, is undergoing a transformation. This traditional craft, deeply rooted in the Kashmiri handicraft industry, is now gaining a fresh lease of life and was hailed by international delegates … Read more

Artisane’s ‘dastaan-e-bahaar’ Makes Artisans Relive The Past

Soul-stirring performances by the masters of ‘Sufiyana’ and ‘Tchakri’, traditional devotional songs otherwise fading from the mainstream artform, was organised under the banner of ‘Dastaan-e-Bahaar’ by the ‘House of Ali Shah’ in the Artisane, an art and cultural centre, at Kunzer on the Gulmarg road on Sunday evening. As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), … Read more

This Handloom Centre In Lolab Continues To Produce Traditional Attire

65-year-old man wants to keep tradition alive With machines replacing handlooms for ensuring large scale quantity, a 65-year-old man from Lolab continues to stick to traditional handloom.  Running a centre for the last three decades, Bashir Ahmad Shah, 65, resident of Lassipora area in Lolab’s Sogam in Kupwara told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that … Read more

Meet Maqbool Jan Award-winning paper mache artist from Srinagar

Like Music, paper mache must be introduced as subject at college, University level: Maqbool Jan Winner of several State, National and International Awards Maqbool Jan, an artist from Srinagar’s Lal Bazar area continues to take papier-mâché technique and water colours to new heights and demands its introduction as subject education institutions. Though there is no … Read more

Rich cultural heritage of J&K its biggest asset, needs to be revived: Secy Culture

Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah directs for revitalisation of department on massive scale Jammu, Feb 14 (KNO): Secretary Culture, Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah on Tuesday said that all heritage sites and other protected monuments must be renovated and given facelift on mission mode while ensuring that their aesthetics and sanctity are not compromised with. … Read more

Kashmir’s last generation of chain-stitch artisans sees no future for the craft

Traditional chain-stitch craft is witnessing slow death with craft restricted to old generation of artisans.   Mohammad Irfan Wani, a chain stitch artist from Malchemar Aali Kadal told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that his family has been associated with ‘Jalakdozi’ craft for the last 200 years. But he is worried the craft which his forefathers … Read more