HMIF was formed in the year 2006 with the purpose of 'giving back' to society and to initiate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in the areas of Community Development, Health Care, Educational and Vocational Training, Environment, Road Safety, Art, Science, Technology, etc.
The Art for hope program is a one-of-its-kind project initiated by the Hyundai Motor India Foundation (HMIF). Inspired by Hyundai’s global vision of ‘Progress for Humanity’, the Art for hope program aims to showcase India’s rich heritage in art, craft and culture and help elevate the lives of artisans and craftspeople affected by the pandemic. HMIF congratulates all the 25 winners who have come a long way, winning the grant for 2021 Art for hope program. Each grantee received a grant amount of Rs. 1 lakh which was used by them for commissioning art projects on the themes of hope, solidarity and gratitude. We are sure that this grant will help them in further strengthening, and popularizing their unique art form.
Miriam Koshy, Vishal Rawley and Tallulah are artists from Goa - home to 12 unique mangrove forests in India that have been selected for conservation by the Mangrove Society of India. They believe that as unparalleled as scientific contributions are, science alone cannot sway hearts and minds. They believe that humans are touched by stories, poetry, art and music and that’s why they retell their personal experiences of rapidly changing climate that needs our immediate attention.
The mangroves are a beautiful ecosystem and make for an accessible repository to study the symbiotic relationship shared by specific species of birds (both local and migratory), butterflies and a host of aquatic species in their natural habitat, the only place they can call home.
Through their project ‘Aamche Mangrove’, the three artists want to address environmental generational amnesia by involving younger generations. They want to create a space for conversations around the Mangrove ecosystem and engage those whose livelihood depends upon the health of the ecosystem.
The Art for hope grant was used to nurture Project Aamche Mangrove, urging people to take positive action for the preservation of mangroves along the Pandim-Bambolim highway.
Surmandal player Chananji Khan, aged 69, was born in Kanoi, Rajasthan in 1952. Situated about 35 kilometres from Jaisalmer, his family belonging to the Manganiyar community has lived in the same district for generations. His instrument of choice, the Surmandal, is a 100-year-old 36-strings lap harp and has been a part of Chananji's family and legacy. For decades Surmandal has been Chananji’s bread and butter. Over the years, however, the number of Surmandal listeners dwindled. Today, Chananji Khan is the only Surmandal-playing Manganiyar in a community of over 25,000 persons.
Chananji and his sons are doing all they can to keep the Surmandal alive. People from distant villages come to him to learn Surmandal but lack of funds and absence of a reliable infrastructure made it almost impossible to continue.
With Art for hope, Chananji is building a small community hall with some instruments. Over here he will nurture the community dedicated to the Surmandal. He is relieved that the sound of Surmandal will continue to echo for years to come.
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