Malavika, a Class IX student never thought that she would get practical lessons on clay modelling and that she would be able to to exhibit her works in public. She is now confident that she can continue her hobby in clay modelling and if she gets the opportunity she wants to pursue a career in clay modelling or mural painting.
Prior to attending the seven-day workshop arranged by the Spic Macay (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Among Youth) at Thodupuzha she had tried clay modelling with the help of the videos on You Tube.
Malavika was one among the 90 students who attended the workshop in clay modelling and mural painting.
As many as 250 students from Class I to post graduates participated in the recently concluded workshop in six traditional art-forms including Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Tholpavakoothu, Kalaripayattu, clay modelling and mural painting.
Pranav, a Plus Two student who attended the workshop on Kathakali and Kalaripayattu in two sessions, said that it helped him learn about the two classical art forms.
Spic Macay Thodupuzha chapter co-ordinator K.P.Venugopal on Saturday said that it was for the first time a workshop was held by it in the district.
He said that the response was immense and the interest among the young towards the traditional and classical art forms was evident from the number of participants.
“It is a positive sign that many of them want to pursue a career in traditional art forms or in classical arts,” he said. The summer workshop held at the Saraswathy Nikethan Central School was free of cost and experts took classes and conducted practical sessions. The workshop was arranged with the intention to reach the classical art forms to the young generation, he added.