Aaj Kumbhakala Prashikshan and Sanshodhan Kendra

Project Brief: Vocational training about modern ceramic art for the children of local under-privileged potters in Aajgaon.
Project Type: Vocational Training (description)
Primary Focus: vocational training (description)

Secondary Focus: children of (ex)convicts

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Princeton
Status: completed - things went wrong
Project Steward: Vikas Sawant
Project Partner(s): Shrikant Mulik
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Bhai Aajgaonkar Road,,Aajgaon,
Tel: (02366) 67240/67281
Stewarding Chapter: Princeton
Dec 2001PrincetonUSD 8000

Total = $8000

The traditional potters in Aajgaon are hesitant to teach pottery to their kids. Their knowledge of pottery is limited to making earthern pots, diyas, etc. which has very limited buyers. Nowadays entire potter families, including their kids, go to brick factories to make bricks.
LSS started a pilot workshop along with Mr. Aajgaonkar, a well-know ceramic artist, and his student in Nov 1997 for a week. The workshop was a success and reconfirmed an earlier observation that ceramic art would be the most feasible vocation-training course in that area. This center has been started then in Jan 1, 1999 with minimum infrastructure. Princeton chapter is supporting this training center now.
The Lokkalyan Shikshan Sanstha (LSS) has been a running a high school and a primary teacher?s training school in a village called Aajgaon in southwest Maharashtra for the last 40 years.