Organizational Overview

Paramparik Karigar was formed in 1996 by Roshan Kalapesi. The idea was mooted by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay when she was approached by a group of master craftsmen who wanted to form an organisation of their own.

Paramparik Karigar craftsmen work in materials as diverse as clay, wood, metal and cloth using skills and techniques passed down through generations. Paramparik's aim is to sculpt a significant place for Indian craft.

Members are keenly aware of the need to keep their craft alive, constantly experimenting with new concepts and developing innovative designs that appeal to the modern, urban consumer while still retaining the essence of the original tradition. In this new era of technology, industrialization and liberalization,we tend to overlook our rich heritage of traditional arts and crafts, which are our nation's pride and our valued asset.

Paramparik Karigar was formed to preserve and promote the traditional art and craft of our country, as well as to strive to create an environment conducive for the craftsmen to create their exquisite pieces of art.

This institution encourages the craftsmen to constantly innovate new techniques, designs and styles. We provide resources for them to do detailed research in their respective field of craft, so they can use their expertise to write books on the subject. This will help future generations to absorb the paramparik skills and further excel in their creativity.Workshops are conducted for the craftsmen's children, where their talents are constantly cultivated and nurtured. Paramparik Karigar has also been attempting to incorporate craft as part of the education process for children in schools. Paramparik Karigar gives an opportunity to master craftsmen to bring their unique art and craft to the forefront.

We organize exhibitions, seminars and fairs, where craftsmen from every corner of the country can express and display their skills, to people who appreciate and acknowledge their creative efforts and inherent talents. Paramparik Karigar has had exhibitions in Bombay, Kolkata, Jamshedpur and workshops in Bangalore, Orissa, Chennai, Munnar and Kutch.

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