Mud Fort (''killa'')-making during diwali and ''Start with Art'' work shop

dr hemant sant
dr hemant sant / Blog / 6 yrs ago /
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Mud Fort (killa)-making and ''Start with Art''work shop 





It is tradition in marathi speaking parts of the country to make mud forts eulogising the efforts of the hero Shivaji and others of the past.The children make mud forts with imagination and design its miltary features getting inspired by actual designs of the old forts they see in pictures or a real visit to these historic sites in Sahyadri mountains of mahrashtra.
The cosmoplitan city of Vadodara -Gujarat has a large Marathi speaking community as they had a Gaekwad rule so many traditions continue with the 'umblical chord'of culture and relations  linked with maharashtra. 
One of the traditions is the mud fort making by children from all castes classes enjoying the unique touch of mud and clay form making- playing and having fun in a group - as imple pleasure of childhood which is lost in our 'modern' life..

Celebrate diwali for kids with a unique -Mud Fort (killa)-making
competetion 26-27 oct o8 and ''Start with Art''work shop -31st oct-
9th nov 08 -open to all ages.
Venue -M.Fatehsingh Museum palace grounds motibaug.Vadodara

Friends

I am pleased to announce two good programs conducted by our Friends
Of Museum -Vadodara group.

1.Make a Mud killa a fort like those made by super human efforts in the sahyadri hills by many like the great  Shivaji and his men .

Every diwali  we have this fun with mud and all workshop where kids till 18 years of age can enjoy playing  with mud and make forts on the grounds of Maharaja Fateh singh  Museum -palace grounds entry from Motibaug ground or golf club gate -third gate motibaug gun circle.

Children are oriented and then allowed to make their own forts with clay and some  basic material  provided,snacks too.

this year program is on 26 and 27 October 08 sunday and monday
beginning at 8 30 am morning

entry registration at above site.Time is 9 to 1 pm -day one and then
again on Monday the next day  when the  prizes will be given.

Pre registration on telephone please and fee Rs 130/- only

2.START WITH ART-WORK SHOP AT THE SAME VENUE FROM 31ST OCT 08 TO 9TH NOV 08 
--9 AM TO 12 NOON .CONDUCTED BY REPUTED TEAM OT ARTISTS
LED BY NONE OTHER THAN HH Ranjit Singh ji Gaekwad -an artists of repute.

Age no bar .

token fee of Rs 650 per person for the entire workshop

where one will get oriented to all the mediums of expression an
artists use to create and

appreciate art of all types paint to sculpt.

just call  - Mrs Manda Hingurao

the curator of the Museum on 98241 65863


dr hemant sant / / 6 yrs ago
dr hemant sant

thanks for the comments vikramji.i made a killa for my boy of ten years and many came to see it and even news paper walas printed its pics .our friends of museum club liked this activity as most as marathis and baroda too has great tradition of marathi culture like pune,vangmay parishad ,vigyan parishad and talks etc of many intellectuals etc.and our raja liked the idea so he gave all his help and facilities .today after 5 years many non marathi kids win the prizes for some good killa fort making.


vikram karve / / 6 yrs ago
vikram karve

when i was a small boy living in sadashiv peth in pune in the 1960s, making killas was the highlight of diwali, and all of us children took great imaginative and physical efforts to make beautiful elaborate killas - there was a competition too!

i am so happy you are reviving this tradition.

all the best

vikram