Jashoda Priya Srivastava is a student of the 12th Grade at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi. As Secretary of the ‘Display & Design’ portfolio in the school’s student govt. she has tried to keep alive a healthy interest in traditional Indian Arts & Crafts within the student community.
Her creative side exults in the organisation of the Vidyalaya’s much awaited “Saanjhi” festival each year. “Saanjhi” is a word that loosely translates to “Creative Collective”. In this festival, weavers from the NorthEast of India, Street performers from Rajasthan and other traditional artisans from all over the country are invited to transform the school campus with the colours, crafts and sounds of creative ethnicity.
She has always delighted in all that is artistic, and in this article she has attempted to document the way native Indian arts & crafts are stealing their way into the hearts of railway passengers in the nation’s lifeline – the Indian Railways.