State Institute for Development of Arts and Crafts (SIDAC) Bhubaneswar

Following are excerpts from a report in Telegraph about this institute and a new course it will offer.

A new course on craft design has been introduced at the State Institute for Development of Arts and Crafts (Sidac). The nine-month certificate course was launched in collaboration with National Institute for Design (NID), Ahmedabad. The objective of the course is to design contemporary products with an ethnic touch.

Dilip Panda, training in-charge of Sidac … Panda added that the new course was introduced after designing institutes like NID and National Institute of Fashion and Technology (Nift) conducted a series of design development programmes.

“Using traditional skills and modern design inputs, the institutes came up with more market and export-oriented products. This is also a good oppurtunity for budding talents to upgrade their skills and prosper as artisans and craftsmen,” said Panda.

The first batch comprising 20 students started classes last week.

Sunil Kumar Sahoo, who has completed a two-year training in Patachitra, has enrolled for the course. He said: “Traditional art and craft have to evolve to suit the needs and tastes of customers. In this course, we will be trained in creating new designs and product mixing. For example, Patachitra on terracotta or stone will give a brand new touch to traditional products.”

Panda said he was hopeful that the students would be able to develop a designer bent of mind with the help of skilled trainers. “We have five in-house faculty members from renowned designing institutes for teaching the core subjects. The visiting faculties would take care of specialised subjects like product photography and use of computers in design,” added Panda.

For the first year, the course is being run on an experimental basis for which the students are exempt from paying any fees. …

September 15th, 2010


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