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Creativity and self-expression are two critical tools in today’s rapidly changing world. Art is a great medium to inculcate these, and many other key skills in young people. We have run camps in collaboration with Shahid Parvez to promote young artists as well as working with school children to develop their interest in art and creativity.

When Taare Zameen Par was nominated for the Oscars, Shahid Parvez, an eminent artist from Udaipur, wanted to send them a message from the children of the city. To involve as many children as possible, he came up with a novel idea; getting them to write their messages on cloth. This became a medium for children to explore and express their creativity. Together with Dharohar volunteers, children from all over the city created a stunning 800 metre long message with extraordinary creativity. This art work was exhibited on the Paal at FatehSagar and at Udaipur Airport (at their request).

Lakdi ki Kathi was another such art camp for children, but one with a difference. During this camp the children painted wooden rocking horses, as we wanted to revitalise a dying craft, memories of childhood and to allow children to express themselves through painting the rocking horses.

A 17′ tall iron horse was also made by local metal workers and painted by Shahid and his team. The resulting art work was displayed for 5 days at Manek Chowk, the courtyard outside the imposing City Palace of Udaipur. From here the display went to the Paal (dam) on FatehSagar. It was as if both these places were made especially for the horses.