Panpan~ Panchatantra Panels

Panchatantra Panels~
The Pananchatantra stories are 2000 years old an integral part of the great oral traditions in Indian Literature put together in the 6th Century by one Vishnu Sharma. Panchatantra means the five techniques. It has a narrative leading to a fine moral and instructs the reader in the ways of life and living. From the 6th Century onwards it was getting translated other languages. By the 12th century it was already translated into most major languages of the world so much so it had a profound bearing and influence on the stories of the world. The influence of Panchatantra can be read in many children stories from Aesop's fables to Tolstoy's stories, from Chinese fables to African legends.

However Panchatantra was narrated with a human bias with attending caste ideology {Brahmanism, the highest caste} and attributing human manipulative thinking and behavior to animals. Therefore, the present construct and visual interpretation of the Panchatantra by the artist has removed these contradictions and it is retold in a humanistic way. Panchatantra is a great instructor derived from folk experiences and narrated by our ancestors in the oral traditions. It is holistic learning by hearing, seeing and with dynamic human interaction. It is positive learning. In the days of the global village where the human values of sharing and caring are shrinking, Panchatantra becomes a moral code. The oral narrative tradition also conjures up many images, which is essential for dreaming. The development of fantasy is critical to social change. Therefore, children who are victimized by the society can express themselves their dreams and fantasy through Panchatantra. Through this process of production they get instructions and education in social values, ethics and moral codes. Since ancient Panchatantra has caste bias, children who make models or read Panchatantra will learn the mechanism of caste rooted deeply in the Indian society and endeavour to overcome it. It is of great significance because the issue of child labour is a direct outcome of casteist social stratification, which divides children into categories since childhood. 80% of working, street and bonded labour children are categorized the Schedule Castes or Tribal Castes that are considered out of the Caste frames. They are all the brown "Dalit" children. Therefore, the children who are categorized at the bottom of the society should stand up and express their aspirations and inspirations through such artistic moral codes as the Panchatantra.

Panchatantra makes possible child artists to become economically independent and self-sustainable. The profits of each product go to children's education and they can save money in their own bank accounts.

1. Objectives
The long term objectives (5-10 years) is to set up the Bornfree Art schools widely and extensively 1) in all districts of Karnataka, 2) in all the states of India, 3) In other Asian, African and Latin American nations where toiling children are rampant. The path for this liberation is to develop the victims of this society the toiling children to learn the arts, educate, and express their dreams and aspiration and also to become economically independent. Panchatantra will be the initiative project to start a Bornfree Art School.

Short-termObjectives (1-4 years) is to set up the Panpan production unit for the benefit of the BASI at the St Mary's Orphanage branch that will involve in its production.

2. Project Outline
Panels are for display in schools and public places in a set of 25 panels. The master moulds have been created by Artist John Devaraj. The impressions will be pulled out by the students of the BASI and other communities like women's groups, children's rehabilitation centers, special children with special abilities, who will partner with the Gondwanaland Foundation.

The project has to be nourished and supported for three years. In the first year production of the Panpan will commence, promoting and marketing along with the issue of child labour. First Semester three months, children go through a foundation training in drawing, clay modeling and learn about terracotta. Second semester of three months will begin the production and making of the Panpan. Third semester will plan the exhibition and marketing. The second year the processes will lead to a setting up of a full-fledged production unit which will also absorb those students who will pass out of the Bornfree art school. The third will see a full-fledged production cooperative which will earn for the sustenance of activities of the Gondwanaland Foundation whose explicit aim is to eliminate child labour.


3. Profit sharing
Every participant in the production and marketing the Panpan will directly benefit in getting a fair share in its sale value profits and will be able to Earn to learn and learn to earn! The profits accruing from the market of Panpan will be shared by the Artist, those who participate in its production and those who market it and to the corpus fund of the Gondwanaland foundation to spread the idea of building the Bornfree Art schools all over the world. Profit sharing will be; the Artist~ creator and author of the Panpan (20%), the maker~ students, women's groups etc (20%), the Gondwanaland foundation Corpus fund (20%), the BASI ~production institution corpus fund (20%), the seller (20%).

We will sell 100 pieces at the cost of Rs. 5000 per set including a book per year, which will generate Rs 500000 We try to raise the fund through selling posters, postcards, calendars etc. The project will become sustainable by its own volition and the revenue it will generate. The model thus created will be replicated in other Bornfree Art schools.

Funded by The J. Kawakami Memorial Trust for Education and Culture, Tokyo, Japan - www.acc21.org

   

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