The International Museum Day celebrations were an eye opener.
Since 1977, May 18 has been celebrated as International Museum Day all over the world. In the Capital, Sanskriti Foundation, a cultural centre promoting Indian art and heritage had a two-day residential workshop for children in their sprawling campus on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road called Anandgram.
The children participated in workshops related to craft forms represented in the three museums of Indian Terracotta, Indian Textiles and Museum of Everyday Art of India. The format of the workshops involved a museum visit followed by a hands-on workshop of craft traditions like pottery, Warli painting of Maharashtra. It covered the history, functionality and design of crafts and in a bid to sensitise the young minds towards the care of environment, had woven exercises like nature trails and bird-watching and night–sky watching into the workshop.
This programme was part of a special initiative called Sanskriti Yatra which is aimed at introducing culture, nature and design to the school-going children.
With the intention of reaching out to a cross-section of students, the organisers had taken children from public as well as government schools. Differently-abled students also participated in the creative experience led by Jolly Rohtagi, Ranjit Lal, Priya Ravish Mehra and A. Bala Subramanium. Feisal Alkazi's Ruchika Theatre Group staged a play “The Living Object”.