Art for Akanksha

Amrapali Art is delighted to showcase artwork from budding artists from The Akanksha Foundation.  Amrapali Art would especially like to thank Ruchika Gupta (Director – Art, The Akanksha Foundation) for helping us discover some great artists in the making.

The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of children from low-income communities, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Akanksha works primarily in the field of education, addressing non-formal education through the Akanksha center and also formal education by initiating school reform. The Akanksha vision is to one day equip all children with the education, character and skills they need to lead empowered lives.

Little Akanksha Artists on the Great Artists

We have hundreds and thousands of children in our country with incredible potential and talent. We have Picassos and Van Goghs and Razas and Hussains lying undiscovered with little hope of being revealed. Art is not a priority in most of our schools, with little access to art material or teachers who inspire or a space and time where children can just be children. The biggest hurdle that children from low income communities face is the lack of opportunity – to discover who they are and what they can be.

Ashish

”Ashish & Kandinsky”
Medium: Oil Pastels on Paper
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Ashish & Van Gogh”
Medium : Acrylic on Board
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Ashish & Picasso”
Medium : Oil Pastels on Paper
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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‘Art for Akanksha’ is about children who instinctively use the brightest of colours to break free from some of the darkest of realities of their life. Art has been a vehicle through which they can speak their mind, paint their world and dream of a very different life for themselves. Art class is a space wehre children come to learn art, to laugh, do ‘masti’, to immerse themselves in a world that takes them on a magical journey of discovery. It’s a way to hang on to a childhood that so many of them don’t have.

Rekha

”Rekha & Jaishree Burman”
Medium: Photo Inks & Pen on Paper
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Rekha & M.F.Hussain”
Medium : Acrylic on Board
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Rekha & Van Gogh”
Medium : Acrylic of Board
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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“I am inspired by MF Hussain’s running horse. I have learnt that we should not give up. We should keep trying for success.” Muzakkir, 12 years old

 

“Jamini Roy was not afraid to be different from other artists. That is not an easy thing to do.” Suraj, 13 years

 

‘Kandinsky taught me colours are for expressing your feelings not just to fill up the empty space. Today even I have tried to use many colours.’ Rekha, 14 years

Swapnil

”Swapnil & M.F.Hussain”
Medium: Acrylics on Board
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Swapnil & Jaishree Burman”
Medium : Poster Paints on Paper
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Swapnil & Picasso”
Medium : Oil Pastels on Paper
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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Akanksha’s Design class studied a few great artists and saw that their lives had one common factor  – their passion for their art overcame countless struggles. They were blown away by Hussain’s determination to speak his mind, with Raza’s 50 year study of art, with Van Gogh’s belief in his style, with Jamini Roy’s ability to dare to be himself, with Monet’s obsession to get it right, with Kandinsky’s strive to make his colours his music.

The Akanksha children wanted to be a part of all of their lives and created their own art as a tribute to these incredible individuals from different parts of the world and different times.

Ashwini

”Ashwini & Picasso”
Medium: Oil Pastels on Paper
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Ashwini & Raza”
Medium : Poster Paints on Paper
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Ashwini & Van Gogh”
Medium : Acrylics on Paper
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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The Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been making deep and long term interventions through education in the lives of less privileged children.

Currently, Akanksha reaches out to over 4000 children through two models: the after-school center model and the school model. Akanksha has 47 centers and 9 schools between Mumbai and Pune. Through the centers, a commitment is made to support each child by providing a strong educational foundation, good time, self-esteem and values, and to help them plan how they can earn a steady livelihood as a step towards improving their standard of living. The School Project is a venture to open high-quality schools serving children from low-income communities in Mumbai and Pune.  These schools are in partnership with local municipalities, with the vision of creating small clusters of model schools in these cities that can be used to impact the mainstream education system.

Yogesh

”Yogesh & M.F.Hussain”
Medium: Acrylics on Board
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Yogesh & Van Gogh”
Medium : Oil Pastels on Board
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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”Yogesh & Jaishree Burman”
Medium : Poster Paints on Paper
Size: 8 ” x 11″
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Visit the website www.akanksha.org

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