Maharashi Sambamurthy Residential School for Physically Handicapped, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.
Sai Gurukul School, Bangalore & Udavam Karangal, Chennai
A Madhubani Painting workshop was conducted by Shrita Palla (4th grader) in a school for special kids during her Winter Vacation trip to India.
As per her mom, Shritha was very excited to host this workshop for the kids in need and she had thought of it as a project during her winter break. She carried out the workshop with unimaginable ease and is looking forward to do many more in future.
Kinder Konnection, Bothell
These two high schoolers, Tanvi Mathrubootham and Vibha Narasayya, have taken Madhubani Art to a different level altogether. They have come up with the unique concept of blending the ancient art style with the most modern medium of 3D printing. They have created a few pieces which are very well received by the connoisseurs of art and painting.
This November, the girls put up a show at Interlake High School, Bellevue, WA as part of RICAWA Diwali Dhamaka where they did a public showcase of their paintings for the first time. They were proud to have sold some pieces as soon as the show was up.
All proceeds from the sale would go towards helping underprivileged kids in India in the two organisations that these girls have been supporting for over the years.
Anaikkum Karangal, Chennai, India
Samskriti Kala Kendra and Deepti Designs come together to host a first of its kind, A MADHUBANI DECOUPAGE WORKSHOP on a Wooden Paddle board.
This special Janmaashtami workshop on Krishna was a fundraiser for Kinder Konnection which serves the underserved children in public schools.
KKSF-USA (www.kksfusa.org) Veda Pathashalas - Centers for Vedic learning
A Madhubani Painting workshop conducted by Aashika Vishwanath in an orphanage, Annaikum Karangal in her Summer Vacation trip to India.
In the words of Aashi -
“I’d like to share a little bit about my experience conducting a Madhubani workshop for kids at a local orphanage, Anaikkum Karangal in Chennai, India.
As I stepped into the orphanage, I was awestruck by the energy, jubilance, and happiness of all the kids and I immediately knew I wanted to spend more time with them. When the director told me that some of the kids were deeply passionate about art, my heart lifted. That instant, I knew that I could connect with them through Madhubani art and teach them something that they would truly appreciate, as I did when Deepti aunty first introduced Madhubani to me. So, the very next day, I dragged my mom to the store and bought several paints, palettes, drawing paper, markers, and paint brushes. I rushed to the orphanage in great excitement, as I was going to conduct my first solo workshop for kids that I truly cared about and was eager to teach.
As I sat down to start teaching, I saw the kids’ glowing faces, and I felt a rush of satisfaction flow through me. I started explaining the origin of Madhubani, the project I was going to teach them, and what supplies we would use, and I noticed that they were listening with all ears and were ready to get started. To my pleasant surprise, I didn’t have to explain the directions more than once; their pencils were always on their papers and even the littlest ones were able to understand and draw. By the end of the session, every one of the budding artists’ paintings looked beautiful and we were all immensely joyful. Overall, this was a wonderful experience and a memory that I will definitely cherish for years to come.”
A 3-day Workshop was organized within the East meets West Cultural Camp where a team of 7 girls namely Esha Krishnan, Netra Krishnan, Nethra Mahesh, Vibha Narasayya, Aashika Vishwanathan and Gayatri Gundala were lead by Kavya Selvakumar to teach a group of 30 kids the nuances of Madhubani Painting.
The subject of the art project was in keeping with the theme of the Cultural Camp which was built around Lachit Borphukan, a soldier who liberated Guwahati (Assam, India) from Mughal occupation in the Battle of Saraighat.
The proceeds from the camp go towards community efforts of KKSF-USA (www.kksfusa.org), more specifically to support Veda pathashalas - centers for Vedic learning
WE, Walk for Water, Seattle, WA
Tanvi Mathrubootham yet again created this lovely composition for a fund-raiser, which she very successfully auctioned online with the help of her mom.
In her mom’s words -
“In Tanvi's school, for a 30-day school project, the students had to choose a world problem as a challenge and experience the problem in their own environments. Tanvi chose water shortage as her challenge where she had to limit her water usage to one bucket and three drinking bottles per day for 30 days. The project taught her the value and importance of water. She realized how much physical and mental energy is spent on things that we take for granted. For example, she had to plan over the week to save some water every day so that she could hand wash her clothes over the weekend (using the washer would have used way more water than her quota). She couldn't drink more than a bottle of water after her strenuous 3 hour dance practices.
As a conclusion to the project, the students are expected to create awareness about the problem and help raise funds to support an org that works to eliminate the problem. Currently, 1 in 9 people don't have access to clean water and 1 out every 5 deaths of children under 5 is due to a water-related issue.
Tanvi would like to donate money to water.org by selling a painting. The theme of the painting is water cycle and how it is integral to our lives.”
Indian Association of Western Washington (IAWW), Seattle
Shritha Kotapalle, a 6th grader, created this lovely piece within a week and with minimal supervision. This was to donate to her school auction.
In words of Shritha - "I helped donate water to Kenya. Women in Kenya have to walk 5 miles a day just to get water! With donating money through a foundation called WE, we are helping bring water tanks for villages in Kenya. By donating my Madhubani artwork I helped raise $60, to help bring clean water to villages in Kenya.”
Spring Gala, Ignite, Seattle
The IAWW Seniors Program, a non-profit organization, was started in 1997 as part of the India Association of Western Washington (IAWW). This is the only program serving the Asian Indian Seniors in the State of Washington. Its participants are retired, or of retirement age (or younger who have aging relatives and friends), and are interested in the activities and events relevant to the seniors.
Their Mission is to provide and facilitate civic, recreational, cultural and educational services and opportunities for cultural integration to the elders of the community.
Our artists Kavya Selvakumar, Navya Ponnapalli, Neha Venkatraman, Netra Krishnan, Ishika Kaushik and Sai Keerthana conducted a 2-hour art workshop for the seniors one afternoon during their spring break. This was very well received by the seniors who participated and their art pieces were heavily appreciated.
Fund Raiser for Asha for Education, Seattle Chapter
Ignite is an organization that has been in the US for around 20 years, and Microsoft is one of the partners which is funding this initiative along with Alaska airlines. They support the education and career opportunities for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Our kids, Tanvi Mathrubootham, Vibha Narasayya, Netra Krishnan stood up to lend a hand to the cause by creating these lovely masterpieces for donation to their Spring Gala!
#bothellrocks Community Event
Our "Army of Artists" took their front at the Geetanjali Tamil Band performance at Kane Hall, UW, Seattle to raise funds for Asha for Education Seattle chapter.
Shritha Kotapalle, Neha Venkatesh, Tanvi Matrubootham, Ashika Swaminathan lead by Harini Thiagarajan relentlessly helped raise considerable funds by conducting a Rock Painting event for almost 5 hours at a stretch.
Their dedication and commitment to the cause was exemplary.
Uphaar, CRY Seattle
Bothell Rocks is a community with the following Mantra -
“The idea is to spread love and joy around the community. Paint a rock. Hide a rock. Find a rock.” Have fun and keep rocking!!!
They frequently organize free rock painting events at various locations across all age-groups, communities, races, religions etc.
Three of our most enthusiastic artists generously volunteered at their event in March where they helped organize, conduct and help people paint rocks to take them home as tokens of cheer and love.
Thank you Sai Keerthana, Prisha Mundra and Shreya Mundra for devoting your time and efforts to the program.
Amrita-Seattle, Seattle, USA
Neha Venkatraman, 8th grader donated her work "Vinayaka" to be auctioned by CRY at their gala, Uphaar 2018.
School for Deaf & Mute, Kameshwari Priya Poor Home, Darbhanga, Bihar, India
The students of Deepti Designs School of Art hosted a Rock-Painting fund-raiser event at the Rhythms by Amrita Seattle in Bellevue High School, Bellevue, WA
The aim of the event was to raise funds to support their goal of providing basic education, nutrition, healthcare and clean water solutions to underprivileged communities in India and the USA.
With the help of our students, Kavya Selvakumar, Tanvi Mathrubootham, Harini Thiagarajan, Vrinda Rathi and Anushka Bains, we were able to pitch in towards this noble cause.
Akhand Bhajan by BalVikas, Sathya Sai Organization, Seattle
Deepti Agrawal Mittal organised a free art camp for the kids of a deaf and mute school in Darbhanga, Bihar, India. She hosted around 40 kids for 2 hours to finish a short Madhubani art project which they all eagerly and enthusiastically participated in.
This was one-of-a-kind workshop which made a lot of noise and encouraged others to come do the charity of labor for the underprivileged kids as it's not always money that everyone aspires and longs for.
Adarsh and Chaithanya Special Schools, Kerala, India
Balavikas is spiritual education program for children ages 5 to 18. This community program is run by the Sathya Sai Spirtual Education Body. Every year, there is a 24 hour bhajan session called 'Akhanada bhajans'. This continuous prayer is for the well being of everyone and for peace in the world.
Children participate in the bhajans for one hour, but for the rest of the time, they have planned activities. Navya Ponnapalli and Tanvi Mathrubootham volunteered to teach these young kids the history behind Madhubani art and helped them make their own Madhubani greeting cards.
Inside these cards, the children wrote letters to their parents or siblings to show their gratitude. This fun session was combination of Madhubani art and teaching kids to be grateful for what they have in life.
Udavum Karangal, Chennai, India
Kavya Selvakumar donated her painting for auction through Thandav 2017 (Bharatanatyam Dance Event and a fund-raiser for special kids)
This event aimed at raising funds for the Adarsh and Chaitanya Schools which focuses on the rehabilitation of kids with cerebral palsy, autism and Down syndrome and caters the needs of children with profound disability and offers early intervention programs. These schools are located in the state of Kerala, India.
We were happy to contribute in a small way towards the whooping success of Thandav through our donation of art for auction.
Tanvi Mathrubootham made 6 lovely paintings that she planned to sell to raise funds for under-privileged kids. This was the big birthday plan for her special 13th. She put them up on her mom's Facebook page in the morning of her birthday. They got sold out within first 24 hours and Tanvi didn't stop there. She received requests for multiple custom pieces which she gladly obliged.
Thanks to friends and family who supported Tanvi's fundraising efforts. She was able to raise enough funds for full year sponsorship of 4 girls in Udavum Karangal, by selling her artwork (the initial set and a few custom orders after)