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The Shilp Deergha gallery at the new Parliament building celebrates the crafts traditions of India

Aditya Mani Jha

New Delhi,ISSUE DATE: Jun 19, 2023 | UPDATED: Jun 9, 2023 16:45 IST

LASTING TRADITIONS: Installations at Shilpa Deergha. (Photos courtesy: Dastkar Haat Samiti)

LASTING TRADITIONS: Installations at Shilpa Deergha. (Photos courtesy: Dastkar Haat Samiti)

One of the major attractions at India’s newly-constructed Parliament complex is the Shilp Deergha, part of the ground floor galleries and designed to exhibit the various arts and crafts forms from across India—whether it is embroidery, textile work, metal sculptures, block printing or terracotta. The Shilp Deergha, conceptualised by Jaya Jaitly (founder and president of the Dastkari Haat Samiti) has been divided into eight parts, which correspond to eight philosophical concepts, namely, Gyan (knowledge), Prakriti (nature), Aastha (faith), Ullas (joy), Parv (festival), Samrasta (unity), Swavlamban (self-reliance), and Yatra (journey).

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