Palghar : Japanese artists have adopted Ganjad village in Palghar district and have decided to give this age-old art the required boost and keep it alive.

This group will also continue to construct traditional huts made of cow dung and bamboo sticks and accordingly have been creative enough to initiate cow dung banks which would assist in collecting the required cow dung. Till now, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi has been organizing annual conclaves to spread traditional Warli paintings.

Farhan Mazda, co-convenor, INTACH, Dahanu chapter, said that this group of social artists from Japan have relocated to this adopted village of theirs, Ganjad, and are trying their best to give this art a new lease of life which is somewhat forgotten due to the rampant urbanization.

According to Kazunori Hamao, Director of Warli Project Ganjad village was selected as this is where this art was accepted and flourished in the earlier days. He has been regularly visiting this village for the last 4 years and hence his group decided to promote this art globally.

Apart from reviving this traditional art this group is also active in educating the villagers to increase the literacy rate, construct more of houses made of cow dung and start cow dung banks and seed banks.

While around 35 to 40 people donate cow dung who are then given tea in return as barter, the seed banks assist the villagers in the procuring quality seeds for better crops. Keeping in mind the recent positive development of Indo – Japan ties, a Wall Art Festival would be hosted at Ganjad to be inaugurated by the Consul General of Japan, Yoshiaki Itou.

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