Shikar (activities for development and preservation of folk arts)
In course of time most of our important folk-art forms are disappearing. Apart from that the small indigenous groups of our country also have artistic living styles. Folk-arts of any country are the philosophical expressions of the common people of that country. So in 2008, Santaran started the program Shikar of public art projects to provide the support for surviving of folk-arts in the changing scenarios of time, and to fulfill that aim Shikar presents the folk-arts of different countries with active interactions to our artists for encouraging them in preserving those folk-art forms. With this aim in 2008 popular Nepali folk-art form Mithila artist and in 2009 Indian narrative scroll painting Patachitra artist have worked jointly with our artists to continue the working process. In 2010 it was a workshop with our artists and once popular art form of our country the Cinema-Banner painting artist. Through these activities the popular art forms of own country and other countries are coming to the views of art-connoisseurs in new forms. As a result this is creating awareness among common people for preserving the folk-art forms. Santaran is also working for creating awareness about art among the forth coming generations of those folk artists through Kalpapuri and Shikar programs. Santaran believes through this process the new generations of folk artists will be able to create new modes of their arts and present them to art-connoisseurs and that way those folk-arts will survive with proper dignity.