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Homemakers can now be hobbyists

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‘Gruhini Kala’ to offer free training in fine arts

To promote culture at every level and engage each layer of society in the drive, the Department of Language and Culture is adopting a multi-pronged approach to achieve the goal of turning Amaravati into a cultural hub.

Among a series of initiatives launched for different sections, Gruhini Kala is a scheme that encourages homemakers to come out of their shells and hone skills in their desired area.

“If you are a creative individual, the Department will allow you to expand on this creativity through free training classes while also giving you a platform to showcase your talent in public,” says D. Vizaibhaskar, Director, Department of Language and Culture.

Most women, after marriage, put a cap on their innate talent to immerse in the exercise to serve the family that needs incredible amount of physical, mental, and emotional energy.

“Each individual has a speciality, a niche; something that makes them different from others. The same logic holds good for homemakers. We want to rekindle interest among women, regardless of their age, to restart working on their hobbies that will serve the dual purpose of acquiring self-identity and contributing towards the State endeavour,” says Mr. Bhaskar.

Under the ‘Gruhini Kala’, women of similar interest could form groups of 10-15 members and approach the Department which in turn would engage trainers for the aspirants.

“This way, the women would initiate networking, building a community around themselves.” The activities could range from music, dance, painting or others.

Swaranjali, an offshoot of the ‘Gruhini Kala’, is a group of 15 women, who have come together to hone their singing skills under trainers deployed by the Department. The group has so far performed eight programmes on different stages in city. “May 13 was a big day in our lives as we gave our maiden performance at ‘Mahanati Jeevana Gaadhalu’, singing songs of the legendary actress Savithri from different films at the Ghantasala Music College.

“We are given free hand to decide the theme of the programmes. Our shows are a mix of classical and light music and it gives a great sense of satisfaction to realise that we are creating an identity of our own,” says Vaddadi Kameswari, team leader.

Garikapati Kanaka Durga, 65, who learned music at a very young age but gave it up to give all her time to her family, has joined the Swaranjali group to fulfil her dream.

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