New Delhi, December 2012 - Western Union Financial Services Inc. in association with Bharti Foundation and Habiart Foundation started the ARTS India (Arts with Rural Teachers and Students in India) Initiative to promote art in schools in rural India. The Initiative held a two–day workshop at the Government Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary School in Chogawan, Amritsar in mid-December 2012. The aim of the initiative was to expose the teachers and students in rural India to visual arts and to use art as a learning tool.

Habiart Foundation brought in eminent artist Professor Dhiraj Choudhury to conduct this workshop. Professor Choudhury is renowned in the contemporary art circuit and has over three decades of teaching experience. Before retiring from Delhi College of Arts in 2006, Professor Choudhury brought in rich experience of training many budding artists who went on to achieve recognition in the arts world.

A first of its kind at this school, the workshop proved to be a tremendous success among both the teachers and the students. The program began with a workshop with the teachers where Professor Choudhury provided a detailed background of the history of modern art, demonstrated various techniques in art and exposed the teachers to various mediums, styles and subjects that can be taught to the students. The workshops conducted with the students provided a platform for nurturing talent and instilling confidence in their natural creative abilities.

The organizers plan to continue their collaboration to expand access to arts education in rural India with similar workshops across the various States.

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About Bharti Foundation:

Bharti Foundation was set up in 2000 as the philanthropic arm of the Bharti Group of Companies to help bridge the education divide between urban and rural India. Towards achieving this intent, the Foundation launched its flagship initiative, the Satya Bharti School Program in 2006. The program delivers quality education, free of cost, to underprivileged children in the villages of India, focusing primarily on the girl child, and is helping transform students into well educated, confident, employable and socially responsible citizens. Currently, more than 38,000 children are enrolled in 254 Satya Bharti Schools (including 187 primary, 12 elementary and five senior secondary schools) across six Indian states. The intent of the program is to develop scalable, sustainable and replicable components of quality education to make a large scale impact on the education sector as a whole.

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