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‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ Cultural Exhibition at 2nd G20 Cultural Working Group Meeting

‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’: It is a Cultural Exhibition that is being organized by the Ministry of Culture as part of 2nd Cultural Working Group of G20 India Presidency. ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ exhibition is also important for UPSC Prelims Exam and UPSC Mains Exam (GS Paper 1- Art and Culture, Various Cultural events and exhibitions for Promoting Indian Art and Culture).

‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ Cultural Exhibition in News

Union Minister for Culture, Tourism, and DoNER, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, along with Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, inaugurated a specially curated cultural exhibition called ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ during a side event at the Second G20 Culture Working Meet in Bhubaneswar.

‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ Exhibition

The cultural project titled ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ is an exhibition specifically curated for the 2nd G20 CWG meeting taking place in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from May 14 to 17, 2023.

  • Organizing Ministry: ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ cultural Exhibition is being organized the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
  • Theme: The theme of the exhibition is predicated on and reflective of the second priority of the Culture Working Group (CWG) – ‘Harnessing Living Heritage for a Sustainable Future.’
  • Vision: The vision for the exhibition is to create awareness amongst visitors, professionals, and policymakers about the many living heritage practices that prioritize mindful and optimal utilization of natural resources and harmonious coexistence between humankind and nature.
  • Venue: The ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ exhibition is being held at Kala Bhoomi – Odisha Crafts Museum from 16-22 May 2023.
  • Significance: The exhibition presents varied expressions of India’s age-old living heritage and indigenous knowledge systems that have sustained individuals, communities, and societies in shaping their beliefs, values, and traditions since time immemorial.

‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ Exhibition Activities

‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ is composed of three constituent experiences – Akshara, Stambh, and demonstrations by master artisans and teachers – which encapsulate these manifold aspects. The exhibition showcases more than 35 crafts and various languages and scripts of India through objects and live teaching demonstrations.

  • ‘Akshara – Crafting Indian Scripts’: The first section of the exhibition ‘Akshara – Crafting Indian Scripts,’ highlights diverse languages and craft practices of India, reflecting unique worldviews and traditions.
    • Through a new design vocabulary, Akshara showcases the visual beauty of India’s scripts, expressed through alphabets, verses, phrases, poems, and colloquial sayings.
  • ‘Stambh: Craft, Collaboration and Continuity’: The Second section  ‘Stambh: Craft, Collaboration and Continuity,’ explores indigenous crafts practices and their contemporary expressions.
    • This section showcases functional objects designed with elements of traditional crafts, through collaborations with artisans, adapted for urban audiences.
  • ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’: The ‘Sustain: The Craft Idiom’ exhibition will also have master classes, demonstrations, and DIY activities with renowned crafts practitioners.

36th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2023 Inaugurated by President

36th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2023 Inaugurated by President

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