UK India Dosti
TAES2022 – ‘UK India Dosti’ is the 3rd edition of TAES, scheduled to take place from July 18th, 2022, until March 8th, 2023. This event is inspired by India’s ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,’ the UK’s South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM), and the resilience of traditional women artists of India who have continued their heritage tradition amidst the pandemic’s devastating effects. Join us for a celebration of cultural exchange and artistry.
Building Cultural Bridge between India & UK
India boasts a diverse range of traditional art forms, with each state having its own unique cultural heritage. The country’s artisan sector is home to an estimated 70 million artisans, with women comprising 55% of the workforce. This sector is second only to agriculture in terms of employment and provides significant opportunities for rural women. These talented artists link the modern world and ancient traditions, keeping the country’s cultural heritage alive.
Our goal with the Indian Folk Art Festival and TAES2022- UK India Dosti is to unite 75 traditional women artists, each representing one of 15 distinct art forms from across India’s diverse states and artist communities. These skilled artists will serve as Gurus, conducting online art demonstrations for 1875 UK adults and 1875 Indian children, showcasing the ancient Indian tradition of “Guru Shishya Parampara.” It’s an opportunity to gain a glimpse into this historic practice.
Objective of This Initiative
- Online workshops and interactions with traditional Indian artists will allow 1875 UK individuals and 1875 Indian children to learn and experience various Indian art and craft forms.
- The program provides global visibility to 15 unique Indian art forms and 75 traditional women artists, promoting their art on an international level.
- The program aims to build a sustainable cultural bridge between India and the UK, promoting cultural exchange and improving bilateral relations.
- The program serves as a launchpad for future entrepreneurial cultural initiatives that support traditional artists and preserve traditional art forms for future generations.
75 Azadi Ka Amrit Ka Mahotsav
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements.
This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in it’s evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Honourable Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi Ji’s vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is an embodiment of all that is progressive about India’s socio-cultural, political and economic identity. The official journey of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” commenced on 12th March, 2021 which started a 75 week countdown to our 75th anniversary of Independence and will end post a year on 15th August, 2023.
South Asian Heritage Month
South Asian Heritage Month runs from 18th July – 17th August and seeks to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian cultures, histories particularly the intertwined histories of the UK and South Asian communities and how South Asian cultures are present throughout the UK and indeed London. The month begins on the 18th July, the date that the Indian Independence Act 1947 gained royal assent and ends on the 17th August, Partition Commemoration Day.
Representing 15 Indian Art Forms
Featuring 75 Traditional Women Artists of India
Here we are presenting 75 traditional women artists of India. Who are representing 15 unique art forms of India from different states of India. This event is a tribute to India’s rich culture & heritage.
Online Workshops for UK Art Lovers
19th Jul, 2022 – 4th Mar, 2023
Merchandise Online & Offline Exhibition
10th Oct, 2022 – 5th Mar, 2023
Merchandise Exhibition & Conference
20th March, 2023 – 24th Mar, 2023
Folk Art Festival in The UK
18th Jul 2022 – 6th Mar 2023
Exhibition @ The Nehru Centre, London
20th Mar – 24th March 2023
Material kit for each workshop
We are excited to collaborate with various Indian Grassroot Organizations, Museums, Libraries in the UK and India to offer craft demonstration workshops to the UK and Indian audience on 15 traditional Indian art forms. Thanks to the generous support of Steel Exchange India Limited.