In India, a former orphan teaches traditional Indian art to the underprivileged and those with physical and learning disabilities.
• A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.
On a drenched monsoon Saturday, Rupali Madan sloshes to a Muslim girls’ orphanage to teach pottery. The girls sit in a small circle to roll palm-sized Ganeshas, the chubby Hindu elephant god popular here.
“Why are people only [buying] contemporary and modern [art]?” she asks, noting that traditional Indian styles are losing popularity with local art buyers.
She teaches blind women in Mumbai (Bombay) to sculpt, and leads pottery classes for children with learning disabilities. She has taken her clay to a women’s prison, and shows slum-dwelling mothers how to make traditional Indian woodblock-printed fabric.