Founded in 2017, Folkartopedia is an initiative of ANN India to develop 1st digital archives of folk, traditional and tribal arts of India. It’s a sincere endeavor in the direction of preservation, documentation and creating a digital archive of history and culture of folk arts with a mission to promote research and documentation in this field. During the entirety of this project digital copies of various statistical studies, research papers, and documentation in audio-visual format with other mediums will be made available to artists, art researchers, art lovers, and masses.
One of the main objectives of Folkartopedia is the audio-visual documentation of folk-art masters, artists, historians, and important personnel from various art fraternities to maintain a record of their art, culture, society, time-frame and other aspects of their life.
A very small team at Folkartopedia is currently working on documenting the tangible and intangible folk culture of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh which includes folk-paintings, folk-songs, folklores, folk-dance, etc. along with documentation of the first art village of Bihar- Jitwarpur, adjoining Madhubani, Parev near Patna, and Pattharkatti in Gaya. Documentation of Mithila and Manjusha painting is underway with records of the tangible and intangible traditions of their respective artists from Madhubani, Bhagalpur, and Bodhgaya.
We have acquired many voices which are helpful in understanding the journey of art, artists and the community. However, with these documentations, we believe that the global society will have a better understanding of the socio-economic conditions and the creative mind of our folk artists and their subaltern societies.
We usually ask, what is the necessity of documentation and archives of arts?
The answer is simple, what cultural heritage will we leave behind for our future generations in the absence of documented work? This is an important medium to maintain the continuity of our life, it is the manifestation of past in present, and a treasure for the future and Folkartopedia is just a small-medium in this effort.
- Digital Archive: Creation of a database of crafts and cultural heritages including contemporary art.
- Physical Library: Physical copy of textual material on the subjects mentioned above.
- Design Development: Includes motifs preservation and introduction of new designs.
- Built Heritage: Local crafts museums, galleries, monuments etc.
- Crafts Mapping: Mapping of crafts, market & generate support for marketability, and
- Sustainable Development Programs: Art for Life programs with the help of private/public sector and promoting crafts tourism