Khun, Himachal Pradesh
Making stories and learning art, 6000 feet above sea level.
After Ladakh, this was the most beautiful place where I conducted art workshops. I lived in a local homestay on a steep hill, and walked 1.5 kms to the school downhill, everyday. This was a part of an experimental project at IDC, IIT Bombay in association with Tata Centre for Technology and Design. Coniferous trees, blue skies, mountains, wild flowers, fruits, animals and the daily life of the locals were all reflected in stories that the children wrote and images they drew. The children remain playful, cheeky and bright but unambitious and unaware of the pleasures of art, music, reading and travelling. However, teaching art requires no effort with children. These images show snippets of stories they drew, art they created, games they played and a wall that we painted together.