http://www.vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=1317 16 July 2010 The National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum is commonly called just the Crafts Museum. Home to over 22,000 national treasures, the museum is spread over 5 acres in a picturesque environment in the nation’s capital city. It started in the 1950s and, over the decades, has evolved into a major Delhi landmark. […]
http://www.craftrevival.org/voiceDetails.asp?Code=111 Architecture, vol.1, no.7, p.22-27. TRADITIONAL ARTISANS AND MODERN ARCHITECTS a polemical statement KK Kak In the contemporary creative vocabulary, “tradition” and “modern” are two common buzzwords. Philosophical and sociological literature discusses them at some length but the dictionary provides a useful everyday meaning. According to the dictionary, “tradition” means […]
Presented at the Sanjam Randhawa Memorial Conference on “Textile Traditions in India: Contemporary Perspectives”, sponsored by Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, Feb 7-8, 2003. SOME THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF TRADITION Krishen Kak “Tradition” can be interpreted variously, according to whether one’s perspective is, for example, literary, political, sociological, or historical. Which interpretation should we consider? […]
Presented at the International Seminar on “Crafts, Craftspersons & Sustainable Development”, sponsored by the Crafts Council of India, the Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, Government of India, and the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, New Delhi, November 16-18, 2002 INTEGRATING CRAFTS AND EDUCATION By Krishen Kak Some Background Propositions: (i) The […]
Seminar, “Celebrating Craft”, March 2003:42-48 (published under their title “Cultural genocide?”) http://www.india-seminar.com/2003/523/523%20krishen%20kak.htm in http://www.india-seminar.com/2003/523.htm The Decline & Fall of the Indian Manufacturing Economy Krishen Kak Two extended quotations provide a context for discussion. The first is from a traveller’s account of a “Voyage to the East Indies” and was published in the mid-17th century. […]
New Delhi: The Ritinjali Journal, Vol.1, 1998:24-29 Written by Krishen Kak; original courtesy inclusion of co-author’s name omitted. Two predominant ways of looking at a “cultural heritage” are as: Values or other intangibles that have been transmitted down the generations Material artefacts that are commonly understood to be typical of a particular culture and that […]
The Role of Crafts Museums in Marketing & Promoting Crafts
Handicrafts 5 Year Plans This was privately circulated since government permission to publish had been refused. It is referenced extensively in SRUTI, “India’s Artisans: a status report” (New Delhi: Society for Rural, Urban and Tribal Initiative, 1995). It was researched and written by Krishen Kak; the co-author’s addition was as a collegial courtesy.