Atul Johri trains lacquerware artists of Channapatna

Atul Johri,, architect and designer  is now involved in training artisans of Channapatna near Bangalore to fuse the old wood art with avant-garde designs. 

He says that artisans are migrating to Bengaluru and doing odd jobs like working as auto drivers. They have a skill that cannot be replaced.

Atul Johri now has an army of master craftsmen who are not only artisans but designers in themselves, giving shape to dinnerware, lighting and bathroom accessories. They use waste firewood and only natural and food colour pigments for the lacquering. The crafstmen, who'd once lost interest in their art, are today pleasantly surprised to see their own creations.

While Atul extended a helping hand, he realized he had to stay close to the people he wanted to train. Thus he built a farmhouse in Tagachegere, a village 5km from Channapatna. 

Read full report in Times Of India
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