Art, Initiatives, Revival

Aipan – The Dawn at Kumaon

Indian culture uncovers varied secrets about art aesthetics that invites auspiciousness and paints the field of creativity. Every colour used in a particular way, for a defined purpose, at an exact position attaches a deep meaning, rooted in the minds of generations. “These lines and dots depict a significant meaning.” – says one of the four women that currently comprises Project Aipan‘s target community.

Aipan is a Kumaoni form of art, replete with white dots, lines and patterns on a bright red base. The traditional white is the rice paste stamped delicately over the fresh red ground. The combination of the two most auspicious colours in the Indian context is a priceless and an inevitable part of any celebration and benediction.

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Being the dawn of every Kumaoni household and the breath of every prayer, it is losing its life in a world webbed under the net of virtual world.

Are we losing a part of ourselves? Yes.

Are we missing on to something big? Yes.

Are we really not bothered to find happiness from small, precious things around us? Yes.

Our ancestors left the world with beauty all around, gifted us the charm of creativity that penetrates individual minds creating a vivid net. So, shouldn’t we make the world a better place instead of making a whole new world?

Contributed by Sonal Chanana

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