Namma Angadi : Celebrating Local Craftsmanship

Manipal Institute of Communication, MAHE is all set to host the 17th edition of their annual flagship event, Namma Angadi on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March. It is a three-day exhibit organised by the students of MIC along with Namma Bhoomi, an initiative by Concerned for Working Children(CWC), showcasing varieties of craft made by the young artisans of Udupi-Mangalore region.

Students and locals flock the place to admire the impressive creativity of these young craftsmen who put all their efforts to display an array of beautiful and quirky products. For the past 16 years, the sale has successfully raised proceeds for the education of children belonging to the artisans’ community.

There are wide-ranging products available such as handmade apparel, handicrafts, accessories, organic products, home decorations, etc., for the people to choose and buy from. Every piece of the art is crafted with exquisite elegance and skill. The customers attending the exhibition witness the vibrant mood of the event, encouraging them to not only invest in a cause but also celebrate rural craftsmanship.

To promote Namma Angadi, students of MIC organised an open mic on Thursday, 27th February at Student Plaza. A specially curated exhibit was also set-up, flaunting exquisite pieces of handicraft to the audience. A pottery workshop was later organised on Saturday, 29th February, which saw high participation from the students.

Namma Bhoomi – meaning ‘our land’ – is a vocational school in Kundapura, Udupi. CWC established this campus as an initiative to help the children of rural artisans develop and sell their handmade products in the market. The exhibition serves as an essential part of this cause.

Students of Manipal Institute of Communication have always praised the pleasant atmosphere of Namma Angadi. It is an exhibition worth witnessing for everyone in and around Manipal and is a must-attend for all those interested in art and handicraft.

Written by Anushka Shrivastava for MTTN

Photos by Timothy Varghese, Akarshit Nayyar, Diya Chaudhuri and Aditya Pichholiya

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