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Activity & Timeline

2003-2004

  • Organized “MithilaUtsav” at Kanishka Art Gallery, Kolkata to promote various art& craft forms of Bihar including Madhubani Paintings, Sujni, Sikki Grass, Paper Masche, Kasida etc.

  • Documentation on Dokra craft of Bastar(C.G) followed by an exhibition on Brass Metal sculpture along with performing arts of Bastar at Kanishka art gallery, Kolkata.

  • Documentation on street painter of Kolkata using Madhubani Painting, Papier Mache Work, Beaten Metal Work, Woodcarving of Burdwan & scroll Pattachitra at Durga Puja Pandal Decoration in Kolkata.

Activity & Timeline

2004-2005

  • Organised ‘ROSHNI’, a training programme on women empowerment at Howrah on hand made paper- novelty items making.

  • Utilitarian of the art and Artisan to give them economic support like – mud-mirror work of Traditional Pithoro Painting of Gujarat, Kalighat Painting and woodcarvings of Burdwan , The Bamboo work of South-Dinajpur, Terra-cotta work and Scroll Pattachitra of Purulia, Orissa Palmleaf and Tasar Painting at Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata.

Activity & Timeline

2005-2006

  • Opening “Gallery AIM” a value driven nonprofit making outlet for the communities of the Crafts people from all over India at Swabhumi.

  • Conducted an exhibition of Brass metal craft of Bastar (C.G.), and another exhibition, Shilpakarma 05-06 on folk and tribal art and craft from all over India.

  • Promotional work on Traditional art & craft from various part of India using at Durga Puja Pandal at Kalamkari Paintion of Andhra Pradesh, Warli Painting of Maharastra, Mud-relief work of Sarguja, District of C.G.

Activity & Timeline

2006-2007

  • Health awareness camp for women at Kadapara slum area Kolkata.

  • Handicraft exhibition at Mayapur Isckon Temple ground at Gour Purnima Festival.

  • Decoration, exhibition live demonstration in ‘Ethnoland Festival’ at Moscow in Russia for 2 months by 12 selected artisans of AIM.

  • An exhibition and live demonstration at Swabhumi on Bengal craft and ‘Chou Dance’ of Purulia. Another exhibition of craft from different districts of West Bengal and performance of ‘Gambhira’ from Malda at Swabhumi

  • An awareness programme on Health Insurance among 200 potters at Saheb Bagan Kolkata.

  • A training programme for women at Kadapara slum area on handicraft novelty and utility items.

  • Participation at ‘Times Kolkata Festival’ with artisans from different districts of West Bengal.

  • Launching a Website: http://www.aimindia.org.in

Activity & Timeline

2007-2008

  • Issuing artisan cards with other facilities for the potters ofSahebbagan, Kolkata , Scroll PataChitra painters of Midnapur and SHGs of Barrackpore

  • Handicraft training cum workshop programme for the poor, underprivileged Muslim women at Barrackpore, supported by NABARD.

  • Participation in NABARD Utsav at Delhi Haat,

  • Participation in Women Utasav organised by NABARD

  • Display of traditional art & craft from various part of India using at Durga Puja Pandal like Blue Pottery & Meenakari work from Rajashthan and wooden toys from Shantipur etc.

Activity & Timeline

2008-2009

  • Issuing artisan cards with other facilities for the embroidery artisan of Baduria, North 24 Pgs.

  • Continuation of training cum workshop programme on handmade paper products for the women artisans at Barrackpore , supported by NABARD

  • Organizing three months exhibition at Bangur Art Gallery, Kolkata

  • Participation in SARAS Fair at Mumbai sponsored By NABARD

  • Organizing KarigarHaat grand and Ethnic fair representing exquisite handicraft and handloom, performing arts, Culture, foods etc. of various states and Union Territories of India.

  • Organizing Kolkata Haat, weekend carnival of colorful India with an initiative to promote Art and Culture from various parts of the country.

Activity & Timeline

2009-2010

  • Conducted programme on Ceramic Design Development in Kolkata.

  • Participated in 6th Women Entrepreneur Trade Expo (Dosti-WETEX 2009)in Bangladesh

  • Organized KarigarHaat in Kolkata and introduced Karigar Swikriti Award.

  • Organized fashion show (Bentex 9) that highlighted the glory of handloom and khadi dresses.

  • Popularized the Terrakota art Pudducottai in Kolkata.

  • Popularized Kangra Painting in Kolkata,

  • Participated in Hazaarduari Utsav, organized by West Bengal

  • Tourism Department, in collaboration with West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation.

  • Published Craft Directory and Craft Map of NABARD.

Activity & Timeline

2010-2011

  • Conducted Design Development programme on Ceramic in Chaltaberia, Duttapukur, North 24 Pgs,

  • Action research on NRM based livelihood on Eri silk at aila affected Sundarban

  • Opening a new direct permanent Marketing outlet for the artisan members of AIM , “Karigarline” at Dakshinapan, Kolkata.

  • Research & documentation on Sanjhi art, Mathura

  • Organized Karigar Haat with the theme of Save Tiger & Save Sundarban.

Activity & Timeline

2011-2012

  • Organized Handicraft DC(H)EXHIBITION(Dhakuria, Kolkata) and DC(H)CRAFT BAZAR(Salt Lake).

  • Organized KarigarHaat at Salt Lake with the theme of SAVE THE GIRL CHILD.

  • Organized KOLKATA HAAT at New Market,

  • Organized NABARSER HULOOR at CITY CENTER, Salt Lake

  • In February 2011 AIM initiated Karigarline, Direct Marketing Platform for Handicraft and Handloom artisans of India. The objective of the project is to promote handicraft and to give regular marketing support to Handicraft items manufactured by beneficiaries working in remote areas. It is situated at Dakshinapan, Dhakuria, Kolkata . The place is highly popular for high end buyers, and foreign visitors.

Activity & Timeline

2013-2014

  • Organized Arts of Banga: An Ethnological Heritage Re-Appraisal 2013.

  • Release of an Album on Heritage Boats of Bengal.

  • Inauguration of Boat Museum.

  • Art on Wheels-The 3-day workshop on famous truck art of Pakistan was organized by AIM and ICCR had a great response.

  • Skill Development Training –Regular training programs and workshops for artisans.

  • Dignity- The state department of backward classes welfare organized a festival named Dignity2013 in memory of an 1873 movement where members of backward classes had demanded dignity and equality before the law.

  • Baul Utsav- This year Baul Utsav held at MORAM, Bolpur with Folk performances like Dhamsha, Tribal Dance, Raibenshe, Ranpa, Dhak &Dhol Baddya. Baul Song was performed by eminent Baul, Sadhan Das Biraygya, Maki Kajumi, Lakhan Das Baul, and many others.

  • Karigar Haat –National Handicraft and Handloom Fair.

Activity & Timeline

2014-2015

  • After the successful completion of the first phase of the livelihood Training program at Ambedkar Training Center at Bolpur, this year had started the second phase. The organization received more than 2000 applications.

  • The recent livelihood training program which successfully concluded in the June 2015 period has seen a growth of 45 percent in terms of post-training income for the trainees attending the program.

  • Curating Nazrul Museum-  To honor the legacy of this rebel poet of Bengal. To honor his legacy, a new cultural center is being inaugurated in Rajarhat, on the outskirts of Kolkata. This center is called Nazrul Tirtha. In this complex, a Museum was opened by HIDCO and curated by AIM.

  • Opening Karigarline at Nazrul Tirtha- This year AIM has opened another wing of Karigarline to market the product of its talented Artisan members.

  • Opened Display Center at MORAM, Bolpur.

  • Organized Arts of Banga.

  • Karigar Haat- This was the ninth edition of Karigar Haat – a carnival of Folk Art, handicrafts, paintings, music, foods, and shows which provide an opportunity to the Karigars of the land to showcase their artistic brilliance.

  • AIM this year was a part of a prestigious Award Ceremony during Durga puja called Utkarshe Arohon.

Activity & Timeline

2015-2016

  • Livelihood Training (3rd Phase).

  • Production Oriented Training (Ist Phase).

  • Production Oriented Training (2md Phase).

  • Karigar Haat Saras Mela Looms, Weaves, and more.

  • This year Baul Utsav was held at EZCC Salt Lake. Different seminars were held during this period with Baul as the main focus.

  • Arts of Banga- A 3-day program on traditional Puppetry, Kantha, and Wood Craft was organized by the Department of Backward Class Welfare, Government of West Bengal in association with AIM at CRI, Ambedkar Bhawan, Kankurgachi, Kolkata.

  • Published Kantha Book- The art of Kantha has been as ancient as Bengal itself. The major forms of this art have been highlighted in the book “Kanthas of Bengal”. Dr. Upendra Nath Biswas was present at the launch of this book.

  • Published Baul Book- A book on Bauls called “Banger Baul” was launched on the first.

Activity & Timeline

2016-2017

  • Production Oriented Training (2md phase).

  • Production & Marketing Oriented Training (3rd phase).

  • Marketing Interventions- Delhi Haat, Saras Mela, Surajkund Mela, Sasha Fair Trade Fair, Kolkata, Pause For a Cause (Kolkata),  Kala Ghoda (Mumbai).

  • Organized Arts of Banga.

  • Published Puppet Book.

  • A Souvenir Shop was constructed in CRI, Ambedkar Bhavan, Kakurgachi.

  • DESHAJ- Deshaj is a brand initiative that has been taken by AIM to introduce traditional Indian Style apparel with an innovative outlook. It is a sustainable indie fashion brand, led by women.

Activity & Timeline

2017-2018

  • Livelihood Training of SC/ST artisans (4th Phase).

  • Production & Marketing oriented Training (4th phase).

  • Marketing Interventions- AIM participated in multiple exhibitions and fairs. This involved direct interections between beneficiaries and buyers and exporters. A large number of beneficiaries participated at events like Saras Mela, Indigo Sutra, and Pause for a Cause.

  • Arts of Bengal -28th-30th November.

  • Baul Utsav- 4th -6th December.

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