The Godna Project
The Godna Project
A two-day festival bringing together indigenous tattoo artists from across India, The Godna Project aims to document and discuss the significance of the rapidly disappearing art of hand poke or godna tattoo making. It aims to present and call for the preservation of traditional tattoo practices in order to raise awareness and appreciation among the general public for this rich cultural heritage.
The festival is an opportunity for urban Indians to learn about and experience the nation’s ancient tattoo practices directly from the practitioners. The inaugural edition of the festival in 2022 featured tattoo stalls, talks, demonstrations, workshops and a photo exhibition.
Five artists represented different tattoo traditions at the festival– Mangla Bai and Hanshi Bai showcased those of the Baiga and Gond tribes of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively. Mo Naga spotlighted those of Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Lakhami and Kevala Nag illustrated those of the Ojha Tribe in Bastar, Chhattisgarh; and S. Janaki those of the Kurumba tribe of Ooty in Tamil Nadu.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Delhi
1. By Air: Delhi is well connected by domestic and international flights to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India.
2. By Rail: The railway network connects Delhi to all major and nearly all the minor destinations in India. The three important railway stations of Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
3. By Road: Delhi is well connected by a network of roads and national highways with all the major cities in India. The three major bus stands in Delhi are Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale Khan Bus Terminus and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus. Both government and private transport providers run frequent bus services. One can also hire government-run as well as private taxis here.
How to Reach Khuli Khirkee
The nearest metro stations are Saket and Malviya Nagar. Attendees are advised to travel by metro or auto-rickshaw as there are no car parking spaces in the vicinity. The venue is right opposite Select City Walk mall and is adjacent to Khoj Studios. The Sai Baba mandir, Khirki Extension is another landmark.
- Free drinking water
- Unisex toilets
- Limited capacity
- Sanitiser booths
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Wear comfortable cotton or linen outfits as the temperature ranges between 33°C and 18°C, and is pleasantly warm in October in Delhi.
2. A sturdy water bottle.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate.
About M Sahana Rao
M Sahana Rao
M. Sahana Rao has a Masters in Ancient History and Archeology and a P….
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