2022, VOL. 8 ISSUE 2, PART F
‘Sanjhi’ - the art of hand cutting designs on paper, is a languishing ritualistic craft used in the worship of Lord Krishna as rangolis. The art depicts Indian mythological stories in numerous forms, which predominant focus on Krishna’s Leela. Sanjhi is the art of paper stenciling found in Mathura and Vrindavan. The art involves the composition and drawing of the picture, its expert cutting with small, fine, custom-made scissors and then the use of stencil to create images. These Sanjhis are usually prepared on the final five days of the pitr-paksha, from ekadasi to amavasya. The art grew in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the walls and floors of temples were decorated with Sanjhi motifs. The major transformation of the art is that the stencil has itself become the final artwork, and has lost all ritual or religious significance. The most striking feature of sanjhi, now a day lies in its play with light. The shift from the old to the new sanjhi is transition from color to light.
To trace the journey of Sanjhi from old to the new.
To showcase the stencil cutting turning into objects of art.
To focus on the contemporary use of Sanjhi.
To make people aware about the craft.
To keep the art form alive.