India Craft Summit

Art is a profound form of enquiry to self and surrounding and opens a larger perspective of ways of looking at things which inquiries the social and personal ideas and issues through images and its material. Crafts and folk art forms has no doubtly gave us the strength and connections with our significant history and rich culture. Contemporary and folk are so interconnected that there are numberless similarities with few specialties in both. Folk culture has greatly associated with human civilization and it can never change its originality and medium of expression though the stories, narrations and depiction of images are adopting new styles during the passing time and contemporary has always a tendency to change itself day by day in terms of its material, medium and ideas.

The idea of bringing them together is an engagement in two genres, which seems to be different but if you swim deeper into them the basic purpose and role of these two is same to express the emotions and ideas through artistic practice.

Concept Note | Director’s Note



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Creative Economy

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Curated exhibition on folk, traditional, and tribal art exhibition, including their contemporary practices 


Installations based on traditional art and crafts practices and folk expressions

Shilp Mandap

Workshop / Residency | Collaborative project of folk and contemporary artists on equal ground



Art performances; drawing a symmetrical line between folk and contemporary art


Critical talks and symposiums on issues & challenges of cultural practices; visual and performing arts


Screening of Folk films, and cultural performances; dance, music, theatre, and others 


Contemporary Collection

Invitation to Crafts houses, art galleries, collector’s exhibits contemporary artists and others

Heritage Collection

Art by Padma, national, and state awardee artists, and other folk, traditional, and tribal art masters

FoCarts Collective

Collection of art and crafts by craftisans from Bihar and others states of India


Patna historically known as Pataliputra, is the capital and largest city of the state of Bihar in India. One of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, Patna was founded in 490 BCE by the king of Magadha. Ancient Patna, known as Pataliputra, was the capital of the Magadh Empire through Haryanka , Nanda, Mauryan , Shunga , Gupta and Pala dynasties. Pataliputra was a seat of learning and fine arts. It was home to many astronomers and scholars including Aryabhata, Vātsyāyana and Chanakya. Patna served as the seat of power, and political and cultural centre of the Indian subcontinent during the Maurya and Gupta empires. It is Sikhs tenth Guru Govind Singh’s Birth place and It has been considered once a place for Persian study.

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