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a workshop series for illustrators
BlueJackal in collaboration with ArtBuzz Studio has initiated a series of workshops and programs for illustrators in Delhi . We planned three workshops, six days each, in the year 2019 with a different group of illustrators each time. The first workshop was conducted from 4th-8th January 2019 and the second one from 15th-20th May 2019. BlueJackal conceptualized these workshops and programs around the thematic of childhood as a site, with specific focus on revisiting rhymes and proverbs unfolding from our own memories of growing up. One of the important aspects of this workshop for us has been to critically and creatively revisit these rhymes/proverbs from various vernacular languages/dialects that were very much part of our childhoods. Rhymes and proverbs in the vernacular have worked in different ways on each of us. While they have made language more accessible and playful to us as children and helped us negotiate various social transactions they have also ingrained world views in us that we later came to question. Another fascinating aspect of these rhymes and proverbs is the repetition that invariably marks them. Repetition may lead to routine monotony, to playful learning and also to a delightful state of creative reverie. We are interested in revisiting some of these rhymes and proverbs in order to creatively and critically explore how they relate to us today.
First Workshop: Artists discussing works
Second Workshop: Artists discussing and working
Third Workshop: Artists discussing and working
For the first workshop of this series, we had 8 artists - Akshay Sethi, Anupam Arunachalam, Anupama Chatterjee, C Sailo, Manmeet Sandhu, Pallavi Arora, Reshma Khatoon, Shromona Das, along with BlueJackal team members Lokesh Khodke, Shefalee Jain and Shivangi Singh. And for the second workshop we had 7 artists - Vidyun Sabhaney, Tahsin Akhtar, Stuti Mamen, Anarya Dodes, Gargi Chandola, Anshu Jakhar, and Rohit Kumar. For the third workshop we had six artists - Seema C R,, Parul Sinha, Yogesh R., Samanta Raita, Payal Padmanabhan and Anna Dasgupta.
During the workshop we all discussed our initial ideas and shared what we hoped to do during the workshop. As the works progressed, the discussions were resumed at various stages. We brought a selection of interesting illustrated books which were kept in the workshop space for further reading and reference. We also had guest speakers come and speak to us about various related areas such as, region specific rhymes and proverbs, the category of 'children' in children's books, childhood and 'innocence', relationship of text and image in illustrations and dissemination of independently published books.
Pictures from the workshops: Artists developing their works
During the first round of the workshop BlueJackal invited artist and printmaker Shivangi Ladha to give the participating artists a demonstration of the printing process of etching and drypoint.
First Workshop: Shivangi Ladha demonstrating etching process
For the first workshop we also had an insightful presentation by researcher, writer and activist Anuradha Annanya exploring a layered understanding of childhood from multiple regional locations and perspectives gathered during her research and work in Haryana, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. For the second workshop we invited short story writer and activist Rinchin. She read one of her short stories which then opened up an engaging discussion about childhood and about the challenges a short story writer faces while trying to bring the multiple and conflicting experiences of childhood in her writings. For the third workshop we had film maker Anupama Srinivasan screen her film, 'I Wonder'. The film is an attempt to explore how the school system is impacting the lives, thoughts and dreams of children lying at the extremities of the country. All three programs were followed by discussions with the researcher/writer/film maker.
First Workshop: An evening discussion session with the guest speaker Anuradha Annanya
Second Workshop: An evening story reading session and discussion with Rinchin
Third Workshop: Screening of 'I Wonder' followed by discussion with film maker Anupama Srinivasan
The pool of illustrated books we brought for reference during the workshop
We are working towards a book publication and an exhibition as outcomes of these workshops.
We are looking for collaborators to fund the publication. If you would like to support this publication project, please write to us at
About Guest Speakers:
Anuradha Annanya: Anuradha is a theater artist, poet, activist and an educationist. She is currently working with Pratham Education Foundation and lives in Delhi. Anuradha is from Jind, Hariyana. Anuradha is closely and critically engaging with children's literature and recently has finished her research fellowship under India Foundation for The Art. For more details, click here.
Shivangi Ladha: Shivangi is a practicing artist and has done her specialization in MA Printmaking from Royal College of Art, London in 2016. Prior to this, she did MFA (2012 – 14) in Fine Arts from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London and graduated with BFA from College of Art, Delhi University in 2012. Along with the technical knowledge of Print (etching, lithography, screen print) her studio practice also includes research within the broad context of art. To see her work, click here.
Rinchin: Rinchin writes short stories for children as well as for grown-ups and her recent collection of short stories called Ajooba, published by Eklavya is out now. She explores many layers of politics, gender, struggles of everyday lives and love in her stories. Rinchin has been part of many social movements in Chhattisgarh and Madhyapradesh since last two decades and has been working with women and queer groups. She is a member of Ektara Collective. Ektara Collective is an independent, autonomous, non-funded group of people who seek to combine creative efforts and imagination and collaborate with trained and untrained people to make films that are content-wise and aesthetically located in people’s subjective, contextual realities and experiences.
Anupama Srinivasan: Anupama is a freelance filmmaker based in Delhi, India. She did her BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University where she took courses in still photography and non-fiction filmmaking. She studied Film Direction at FTII, Pune, and has been making documentaries for the past 16 years on themes like gender, music and education, often shooting and editing her own work. Her films have been screened at many film festivals including 100 Years of Cinema Centenary Festival, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, FIPA Biarritz, Mumbai International Film Festival, ImagineIndia Madrid and Kara Filmfest. The documentary ‘Nirnay’ that she co-directed and edited won the Most Innovative Film Award at MIFF 2014. She has been visiting faculty at institutions such as NID Ahmedabad, Ashoka University and SACAC, New Delhi. She was the Festival Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival for three years (2013-15). Filmography: Nirnay (2012, 56min), I Wonder… (70min, 2009), On my Own Again (30min, 2007), On my Own (30min, 2002).